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2016 Boy Scout Requirement Transition

Based on the work of the Strategic Plan Goal 411 Task Force, a new set of Boy Scout requirements will become effective on January 1st, 2015. Timing for the release and implementation of the new requirements is as follows:

May 2015
  • New Boy Scout Requirements Released (at National Annual Meeting
Summer 2015
  • New Requirements Incorporated in Advancement and Boy Scout Conferences at Philmont Training Center (schedule TBA)
Fall 2015
  • New Requirement information and interpretation shared via Advancement News, roundtables, etc.
January 2016
  • 2016 Boy Scout Requirements book released
  • 2016 Boy Scout Handbook released
  • New requirements become effective


The release of the new requirements in May 2015 is to allow unit leaders adequate time to plan their Scouts’ transition into the new requirements. Transition and adoption of the new requirements will be determined by the Scout’s joining date and current rank being worked on as of January 1, 2016 as follows:
For 2016:

  • Boys joining on/after 1/1/2016 MUST use the new requirements.
  • Boys who have joined prior to 1/1/2016:
    • Who are working on Tenderfoot thru First Class MAY continue to work on the existing requirements but MUST convert to the new requirements upon attaining First Class.
    • Who have completed First Class MAY complete the rank they are currently working on in the current requirements but then MUST convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.

For 2017:
All Scouts MUST use the new requirements regardless of rank.

Questions related to transition timing or process may be directed to either of the following:
411 or National Advancement Team.

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