Wednesday, February 22, 2017
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Scout Program Changes December 2016 / 2017

SUMMARY

Boy Scout Program Changes in Effect Starting January 1, 2016

There are several changes to the Boy Scout Program that start to take effect in 2016. The new requirements have been available at http://www.scouting.org/programupdates.aspx since May 2015 to allow unit leaders adequate time to plan the transition. Beginning work in the new requirements will be determined by the Scout’s joining date or current rank as of January 1, 2016.

 

For 2016:

• Scouts joining on or afterJanuary 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.

• 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 in 2016.

• All Scouts that have completed First Class prior to 2016 and are working on Star, Life or Eagle ranks MAY complete the rank they are currently working on in the existing requirements, but then MUST convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks in 2016.

 

For 2017:

All Scouts MUST use the new requirements regardless of rank starting January 1, 2017.

 

Additional information and resources can be found at: http://www.scouting.org/programupdates.aspx


A comparison of old to new requirements can be found here.

See Bryan on Scouting's blog on this topic for a good synopsis along with questions and answers.



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Further Information

Please contact Bob Bassett  at: mdadvancement@gmail.com  for questions about advancement.

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