The Boy Scout Rank Requirements are changing January 1, 2016. Some highlights of the changes:
- Scout becomes a rank – memorization of the Oath, Law and Outdoor code is required.
- Service is now required for each rank: one hour for Tenderfoot, two hours more for Second Class and three more for First class. Half of the six service hours for each of Star and Life must be conservation-related.
- Physical fitness requirements are included in all ranks from Tenderfoot through First Class.
- The number of campouts required has increased: one for Tenderfoot, two more for Second Class and three more for First Class.
- Some of the navigation requirements allow the option of using a GPS device.
Boys joining boy scouts on or after January 1, 2016 must use the new requirements.
For scouts joining prior to January 1, 2016:
- If working on the scout badge, may continue to use the old requirements (or switch to the new requirements,) but they must use the new requirements for subsequent badges.
- If working on Tenderfoot through First Class, may use the old requirements, but must switch to the new requirements upon obtaining First Class
- If First Class has been completed, may complete the rank they are working on using the old requirements, but must switch to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.
Beginning January 1, 2017, all scouts must use the new requirements, regardless of rank.
The 2016 Boy Scout Requirements book and 2016 Boy Scout Handbook will be officially released in January, when the new requirements take effect.