New Merit Badge - Exploration
This week the Boy Scouts of America officially released the Exploration merit badge, celebrating a Scoutís spirit of adventure. "After learning about the history and importance of exploration, Scouts plan, prepare for and go on an actual expedition. Scouts must plan and take a trip to somewhere of interest to them; it can be close by or far away. It can be a troop activity or a small-scale excursion."
"Once there, the Scout will study something. Maybe heíll analyze a locationís animal population, classify plant species at a state park or explore the effects of drought on an area. The primary goal is that the Scout learns something, plans the trip (with his counselorís OK) and has fun."
New Boy Scout Requirements Mandatory
The new Boy Scout rank requirements are now in effect. As of January 1, 2017, all Boy Scouts - regardless of rank - must begin using the new Boy Scout requirements. Click here to see more.
The BSA established 2016 as a transition year, allowing Boy Scouts to choose whether to use the new requirements or finish up their current rank with the old ones. Now that itís 2017, every Boy Scout must use the new requirements.
Scout Planning Worksheet
The BSA has released the Scout Planning Worksheet, a new tool that Scouts can use to plan patrol or troop activities. The goal is to build project-planning prowess that will benefit Scouts in their Eagle project, at school and in life. The goal was to give a boy familiarity with the planning process throughout his Scouting experience. See it at this link.
It will be integrated into the updated Senior Patrol Leaders Handbook, out soon, and will be included in Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) and other appropriate Boy Scout literature as those come up for review.
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.
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."
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:
You can find the updated Cooking merit badge requirements in your 2016 Boy Scout Requirements book, at Scouting.org or in this PDF.
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