On January 1st, several changes are being introduced to the Boy Scout program, they can be found in the attached document “2016BoyScoutRequirements.pdf” and the transition to these changes with Transitioning_New_Requirements_2016.pdf.
Bryan Wendell blogs (official) at “Bryan-on-Scouting” about these changes:
- Scout, currently a joining badge, has become its own rank
- Number of campouts required for First Class will double in 2016
- Beginning next year, Boy Scouts will tell about their ‘duty to God’ at each rank
- Boy Scout service hour requirements to increase beginning next year
- Scout, previously a badge a young man received upon joining and completing a few other requirements, will become its own rank — complete with a new patch (above) — beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
- By moving from a “joining badge” to an actual rank, Scout joins Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star and Life as the ranks a young man must earn on his way to the highest rank in Scouting: Eagle Scout.
- The requirements for the Scout rank are intentionally tougher than the ones for the Scout badge. Don’t expect completion of the new requirements for the Scout rank (included below) to happen overnight, particularly for boys who were not members of a Cub Scout pack. Depending on the maturity of an individual boy, it may take a few weeks for him to memorize the Scout Oath and Scout Law (Scout rank requirement 1a), as well as to learn some basic Scout skills.
New Requirements for Scout Rank:
All requirements for the Scout rank must be completed as a member of a troop. If a Scout has already completed these requirements as part of the Webelos Scouting Adventure, he must simply demonstrate his knowledge or skills to his Scoutmaster or other designated leader after joining the troop.
1a. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meaning.
1b. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe some ways you have shown Scout spirit by practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
1c. Demonstrate the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when they should be used.
1d. Describe the First Class Scout badge and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
1e. Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words, explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.
1f. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. In your own words, explain its meaning.
2. After attending at least one Boy Scout troop meeting, do the following:
2a. Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership.
2b. Describe the four steps of Boy Scout advancement.
2c. Describe the Boy Scout ranks and how they are earned.
2d. Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned.
3a. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that are used in your troop.
3b. Become familiar with your patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell. Explain how these items create patrol spirit.
4a. Show how to tie a square knot, two half-hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used.
4b. Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the ends of different kinds of rope.
5. Demonstrate your knowledge of pocketknife safety.
6. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade.
7. Since joining the troop and while working on Scout rank, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
Blogger Analysis on 2016 Boy Scout Troop Rank Requirements
- Thoughts on Scout Requirements
- Scout Rank http://scoutmastercg.com/new-scout-rank-requirements/
- Tenderfoot http://scoutmastercg.com/new-tenderfoot-rank/
- 2nd Class http://scoutmastercg.com/new-second-class-rank-requirements/
- 1st Class http://scoutmastercg.com/new-first-class-rank-requirements/
- Star http://scoutmastercg.com/new-star-rank-requirements/
- Life http://scoutmastercg.com/new-life-rank-requirements/
- Eagle http://scoutmastercg.com/new-eagle-rank-requirements/