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.