Requirements for Boy Scout ranks have been updated beginning January 1, 2016. The information below is provided to help Scouts and parents understand the differences in the new requirements and how Scouts who are already working on a rank will transition. Here is a high level summary of some of the changes (see attached document for the full list of requirements):
Beginning work in the new requirements will be determined by the Scout's joining date or current rank as of January 1, 2016.
- A service requirement will be required for each rank, except Scout rank. Half of the hours for Life rank must be conservation-related;
- A new element of Scout spirit has been added related to the Duty to God along side the existing elements of living the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
- The Scout badge will become an actual rank and is no longer considered a "joining badge." However, there is no board of review for the Scout rank.
- Fitness requirements have been added to all ranks up through First Class
- Camping requirements have increased to reflect an increased emphasis on the outdoors program and ensures First Class Scouts have enough camping experience to develop and improve on the outdoor skills Scouting promotes.
- Scouts joining on or after Jan 1, 2016 MUST use the new requirements.
- Scouts who have joined prior to Jan 1, 2016:
- Who are working on the Scout badge may continue to work on the existing requirements, but MUST convert to the new requirements upon completion of the Scout badge;
- Who are working on Tenderfoot through First Class may continue to work on the existing requirements, but MUST convert to the new requirements upon attaining First Class;
- Who have completed First Class may complete the rank they are currently working on in the existing requirements, but then MUST convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.
For 2017: All Scouts MUST use the new requirements regardless of rank.
A listing of the new requirements as compared to the existing requirements can be found in the attached document.