By Boy Scouts of America
Dec 30, 2015

Preparing for the New Boy Scout Rank Requirements

BSA’s 411 Program Updates are nearly all in place except for Boy Scouting, which makes its final changes in January 2016. Of course, the first things you will notice are the new rank requirements. These were introduced last May but take full effect on January 1st ; Scouts joining on or after Jan. 1, 2016 MUST use the new requirements.

  • Boys who joined prior to Jan. 1, 2016 and 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.
  • Scouts 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.
  • Scouts 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.

By the beginning of 2017, all Scouts must use the new requirements regardless of rank.trail to eagle

Based on the work of BSA’s National Strategic Plan Goal, the  411 Task Force developed these changes to insure that every rank refocuses on one of Scouting’s Aims: Character, Citizenship or Fitness.

Diane Cannon, a member of the 411 Task Force, explained, “There was really a desire to make sure that all our programs were focused on the right things. Fun for our youth, but also that the activities were supporting the aims and mission of our organization. As a result, every single rank requirement was looked at with the question being asked, ‘Does this requirement help to support at least one of the aims of BSA: character development, citizenship training, or personal fitness? Or does the requirement support one of the important tools that we use to teach the aims, like outdoor program or leadership development?’ And if the requirement didn’t support one of those, then the question was asked, ‘Why are we doing it?'”

She went on to explain that Boy and Varsity Scouting on needed small adjustments, while Cub Scouting and Venturing got an overhaul. She went on, “Scouts are going to find some new requirements, and there’s going to be a realignment of some of the Tenderfoot to First Class requirements, but the basic structure of the Boy Scout advancement program is going to remain unchanged. ”

The most complete set of resources listing the changes is available at “Program Updates – 2015 and Beyond” and are included in these links:

Questions related to transition timing or process may be directed to either of the following:   411@scouting.org or advancement.team@scouting.org.

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Author: 411 Task Force, Advancement Subcommittee | Boy Scouts of America

 

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