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How to Promote a Den to the Next Rank

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Please note that there are some special rules on Cub Scout advancement during the COVID Pandemic. If you have a scout who hasn’t finished their current rank and will be using the extended time frame, it’s OK to advance the den because you can still record past ranks.


Q: If my den is behind in advancement due to COVID-19, can my Cub Scout continue to work on advancement through the summer?

Yes. Cub Scouts can continue to work on their current den’s advancement through July 31, 2020. This is to provide any additional time a Cub Scout needs to complete their badge of rank; if they earn their badge of rank prior to July 31, 2020, they may advance to the next [den level or] rank.

Also, please note that the standard for Cub Scouts is “Do Your Best”:

Guide to Advancement “Do Your Best”

In the same spirit as “Do Your Best,” if a Cub Scout is close to earning a badge of rank when it is time to transition to a new den, the pack committee, in consultation with the den leader and the Cub Scout’s parent or guardian, may allow a few weeks to complete the badge before going on to the next rank. Earning it will give the youth added incentive to continue in Scouting and carry on and tackle the next rank.

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