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New World Conservation Award Requirements

The BSA National Conservation and Environment Task Force has announced new requirements for the Boy Scout World Conservation Award. The new requirements, which are now in effect, can be found at this link. The new requirements reflect the recent changes to the Cub Scout advancement program and the addition of the Eagle-required Sustainability merit badge in the Boy Scout program.

This is done by requiring that the youth applicant participate in a conservation project as part of an approved Scouting program. The project must total at least three hours and address a conservation need common to more than one country.

Updated: Sun, Jan 15, 2017
New Snow Sports Merit Badge Requirements

"As of Jan. 1, 2016, thereís now a fourth way to earn the Snow Sports merit badge. Snowshoeing joins downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding as options for earning this elective merit badge.

The new requirements, which you can see here, took effect on Jan. 1, 2016. Scouts who started work on the Snow Sports merit badge before Jan. 1, 2016, may continue working using the previous requirements.

After completing the first six requirements, Scouts complete requirement 7 on snowshoes, skis or snowboards."

Updated: Sun, Jan 15, 2017
New Cooking Merit Badge Requirements

Requirements for the Eagle-required Cooking merit badge have been revised for 2016, with better organization, fewer redundancies and a more focused approach.

The Cooking merit badge now has seven requirements, down from eight, and each requirement now bears a headline that helps Scouts know what itís all about. Here are the seven requirement subjects:

  • Health and safety
  • Nutrition
  • Cooking basics
  • Cooking at home
  • Camp cooking
  • Trail and backpacking meals
  • Food-related careers

You can find the updated Cooking merit badge requirements in your 2016 Boy Scout Requirements book, at or in this PDF.

Updated: Sun, Jan 15, 2017
New Boy Scout Requirements

"The new Boy Scout rank requirements are now in effect. They can be found in this PDF straight from the new Boy Scout Handbook (which will be available soon). Thereís also this requirements insert (PDF), which is suitable for printing and including in a previous-generation Handbook. Click the image to learn about the changes.

Although the rank requirements are official as of Jan. 1, 2016, think of 2016 as a transition year during which both the old and the new requirements will be used, based on the Scoutís joining date or his current rank on Jan. 1, 2016. Scouts who joined the BSA on or after Jan. 1, 2016, MUST follow the new rank requirements. Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, all Scouts MUST use the current requirements regardless of rank."

Updated: Sun, Jan 15, 2017



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