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New Boy Scout Rank Requirements for 2016

New rank Advancement for the Boy Scout program go into effect January 1, 2016. A few of the highlights are:

  • Scout becomes a rank with significantly expanded requirements.(They are inline with the new Cub Scout required Arrow of Light Adventure “Scouting Adventure”)
  • There is a greater emphasis on service
  • There is a new element of Scout Spirit in the new requirements
  • There is a new knot requirement (Sheet Bend) and a new navigation tool requirement(GPS)
  • In recognition of the importance of internet safety, there are new Cyber Chip requirements.
  • A new Handbook will be available in January 2016.
  • Will you have to buy a new Handbook? Probably not – much of the content is the same -but you should print out the new requirement pages. The link for the printable insert is below. 
  • Printable 2016 Boy Scout Handbook Rank Requirement insert

The new requirements are shown in this chart.

There are transition rules which are outlined in this description.

 

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