Boy Scout Advancement Changes
13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook Now Available

The new Boy Scout rank requirements became effective on January 1, 2016, subject to these transition guidelines:

  • Boys registered in a troop on or prior to December 31, 2015, who are working on Tenderfoot through First Class may continue to work using the old requirements through 2016, but they must convert to the new requirements upon attaining First Class.
  • Boys registered in a troop, team, crew, or ship, who have completed First Class rank on or prior to December 31, 2015, may complete the rank they are currently working on with the old requirements through 2016, but then must convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.
  • Any boy registering in a troop for the first time on or after January 1, 2016, must use the new requirements.
  • Beginning January 1, 2017, new requirements must be used for all ranks earned.
Check out the Bryan on Scouting blog for more information on the transition

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