Recent changes to Boy Scout requirements occurred last January. For Scouts out there clamoring to finish up past requirements, the deadline for the transition period is quickly approaching. This information was just posted in the Boy Scout Advancement News:

  • Those already working on requirements for the Scout badge were given the option to continue using the existing requirements or to convert to the new requirements for Scout only. Thereafter, all further ranks required use of the new requirements.
  •  Those already working on requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class ranks were given the option to continue using the existing requirements or to convert to the new requirements through First Class. Thereafter, ranks above First Class required use of the new requirements.
  • Those working on ranks above First Class have were given the option to continue using the existing requirements or to convert to the new requirements for the rank they were working toward. Thereafter, the remaining ranks, if any, required use of the new requirements.

Don’t forget! The deadline is January 1, 2017. If you have any Scouts working on old requirements for their rank, they need to be finished by December 31, 2016. The Advancement News recommends, ” that council advancement committees begin communicating this changeover and date as soon as possible, using council newsletters and other communications means available to them.”

They also recommend that council and district commissioners are made aware of the changeover and get information to unit-level volunteers. According to them, the transition should be a featured roundtable topic leading up to January.

Make sure Scouts, troops, and committees are aware the transition period is coming to an end. The new requirements are great, but no boy wants to miss his deadline for finishing up an advancement. Every Scout deserves to receive credit for his hard work!

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Michelle Carpenter
is a reporter for the Voice of Scouting and a marketing associate for The Utah National Parks Council. Her father, husband, and brother are all Eagle Scouts, so she firmly believes some of the best men did Scouting.

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