Although I understand the rule to be that a Scout in fourth grade cannot begin to work on AoL requirements unless s/he has earned the Webelos rank, I presumed this did not apply to the elective adventure pin. If it did, a Scout who earned all the elective adventure pins prior to completing the Webelos rank requirements (improbable but theoretically possible) would then have no way to earn the AoL. Since that outcome makes no sense, the logical conclusion is that an adventure pin earned while working on the Webelos rank can be used for the AoL requirement.
My pack is in Delaware, and the age used to determine when you start school is as of August 31. As a result, I have one Webelos Scout with an August birthday who has not yet earned the Arrow of Light and will complete fifth grade on June 14. He will then be eligible for Scouts BSA youth membership, about two months short of turning 11. Although eligible for Scouts BSA membership, it is my understanding that he may continue working on the Arrow of Light until the day before his 11th birthday, even though he has completed the fifth grade. Of course, he would need to remain registered as a Cub Scout, and may not attend summer camp with a Scouts BSA troop or earn merit badges. The definition of Webelos-level Scouts in section 188.8.131.52 of the Guide to Advancement includes those who are 10 years old, and the description of those eligible to work on the Arrow of Light rank says those who have completed fourth grade. It does not restrict it to those who have not yet completed fifth grade.
Alternatively, the Guide to Advancement allows the pack committee to grant a Scout who is close to completing the rank for his age a few extra weeks before transitioning to a new den. Since there is no new “den” to which this Scout will transition, I don’t think the pack committee can grant him any more time after his 11th birthday.
We have another Scout, just a few weeks younger than the first, who will be 11 in September but is just finishing fourth grade. For the AoL service requirement of six months of service since turning 10 or finishing the fourth grade, he had six months in March. That would not even require overlapping the three months needed for the Webelos rank, which I think would be clearly inappropriate. However, if he cannot begin working on AoL requirements until he has earned the Webelos rank or completed fourth grade, it seems to me that his six months cannot start until the date he earned the Webelos rank, which was April. This means he would complete it in October. He will be eligible to join a Scouts BSA troop in September, when he turns 11, but he will have to wait until October, if he wants to take the AoL with him. Do you agree?
The second Scout is signed up for our council’s four-night Webelos camp over the summer. He already has an elective adventure. It would come as no surprise to me if he has all his AoL required adventures completed in September. If everything works out, we plan to have him cross over in December.
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