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Scouts BSA – Important Implementation Details

On February 1, 2019, the Boy Scouts of America will begin admitting girls into Scouts BSA (formerly the Boy Scout program).

One of the characteristics of Scouting—for over a hundred years—is that no matter when you join, however long you stay, or the rank you attain, the Scouting experience prepares you for life.  And for some, the pinnacle of their Scouting experience is achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The policies of the BSA indicate that, except in extraordinary circumstances, a youth desiring to achieve the rank of Eagle must do so before the youth’s 18th birthday.  This will continue to be our policy.

It is in the interests of the entire BSA, and in fact our nation, that all girls who join the BSA in 2019 should have an opportunity to earn their Eagle Scout rank should they diligently and promptly complete all requirements.

Accordingly, after carefully considering recommendations from stakeholders, including feedback from volunteers and professionals at the 2018 Top Hands Meeting, the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America has approved the attached temporary transition rules regarding extensions for youth over 16 but not yet 18 years of age on February 1, 2019 to complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout award.

To preserve the integrity of the Eagle Scout Award, no exceptions to or waivers of any of the requirements for the Eagle Scout Award are permitted under this limited exception, and all requirements must be completed while the individual is a registered member of Scouts BSA, or after achieving the First-Class Rank in Scouts BSA (as specified in the BSA Advancement Guide).

Implementation Details for Scout BSA *Effective February 1, 2019

August TAC Dispatch

The TAC Dispatch: Vol 1, Ed 8

In This Issue…Council Camps Receive National Accreditation, Philmont 2019, Out and About in TAC, Normandy Camporee Fees Announced, Day Camps across TAC, Support TAC in the Combined Federal Campaign, Looking Ahead: MeuseArgonne Remembrance Event, Training Weekend Blitz and OA’s LLD, News and Updates

July TAC Dispatch

The TAC Dispatch: Vol 1, Ed 7

In This Issue…Rafael Franco receives the Medal of Merit, Cub Scouting brings families together, Out and About in TAC, Unit Accounts, New Hazardous Weather Training course, Looking Ahead: Fall Fellowship, Meuse-Argonne Remembrance event, NCS Cub Day Camp, Training and more!

June TAC Dispatch

The TAC Dispatch: Vol 1, Ed 6

In this issue, Troop 900 boys receive the Medal of Honor, Meuse-Argonne Camporee Sep 23-25, 2018…

May TAC Dispatch

The TAC Dispatch: Vol 1, Ed 5

In This Issue…

  • Medal of Merit presented to Ryan Brown
  • TAC Scout Executive Vince Cozzone Announces Retirement
  • Out and About in TAC
  • Council provided Scoutbook subscriptions
  • TAC Refund PolicyLooking Ahead: YouTube Videos, Scout Me In!
  • News and Updates: Rome Historic Trails Contest Winner and Amazon Smile

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Vince Cozzone, Transatlantic Council (TAC) Scout Executive and Chief Executive Officer, announced that he will retire November 1 st , 2018. Based upon the time-tested BSA succession process, the Boy Scouts of America National Human Resources, Northeast Region, TAC Board of Directors and its Selection Committee will work together to insure a smooth transition of responsibilities to new TAC leadership.

Vince’s 40-year professional Scouting career began in Philadelphia, PA as an Associate District Executive. He moved to Germany in 1982 as a Senior District Executive for TAC. In 1992, he was assigned to Brussels, Belgium to support the volunteers of the Charlemagne District, and in 1994, he assumed responsibility for both the Charlemagne and Mayflower Districts. In 2005, he was appointed as the Assistant Scout Executive for TAC, responsible for Council operations. In 2007, he was promoted to his current role as TAC Scout Executive, overseeing the day-to- day operations of the Boy Scouts of America in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, serving 6,200 youth and 3,500 volunteers.

One of the key projects associated with his career is his bringing youth to the D-Day Landing Beaches. What started in 1994 with a camping weekend for 300 youth and leaders to commemorate the 50th anniversary of D-Day has become the TAC Normandy Camporee, serving over 3,000 campers in 2017, and more than 35,000 participants since its inception. France’s President Hollande recognized TAC for its leadership of the Messengers of Peace campaign. The D-day Beaches were given UNESCO World Heritage Status. In 2015, Vince received the Legion of Honor, France’s highest order of merit.

On behalf of youth served, their families, Scouters and the TAC Board, we offer sincere thanks to Vince for 40 years of service to youth. Vince, while you will be missed, the legacy of your leadership will benefit the youth of TAC for years to come.

Mark O. Schissler, Chairman

Paul J. Ostling, President

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Transatlantic Council

TAC Philmont Contingent

REMINDER for Philmont 2019: The link to sign up goes live at midnight on April 15!

Sign up and more information is available at

We will only accept the first 9 qualified scouts who register: Applicants must be a First Class Scout or registered Venturer and be 14 years old or 13 years old and completed 8th grade!

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