2009 Boy Scout Requirement Changes

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In addition, the requriements for [[Mile Swim]] and [[Den Chief Service Award]] have changed.
<noinclude>The Auto Mechanics merit badge was replaced with badge [[Automotive Maintenance]]. [[Architecture]] and [[Landscape Architecture]] Merit Badges were combined into a single book.
<noinclude>The Auto Mechanics merit badge was replaced with badge [[Automotive Maintenance]]. [[Architecture]] and [[Landscape Architecture]] Merit Badges were combined into a single book.

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2009 Changes
The requirements for many Merit Badges changed on January 1, 2009. On August 1, 2008, all Merit Badge pamphlets were reprinted with color photographs, diagrams, and covers effective August 1, 2008. The actual text and requirements in most cases did not change from the previous editions.

The requirements for the following Merit Badges have changed:

Archery Architecture Automotive Maintenance Cinematography Coin Collecting
Collections Drafting Emergency Preparedness Engineering Farm Mechanics
Indian Lore Insect Study Landscape Architecture Lifesaving Motorboating
Painting Pottery Radio Swimming  

In addition, the requriements for Mile Swim and Den Chief Service Award have changed. The Auto Mechanics merit badge was replaced with badge Automotive Maintenance. Architecture and Landscape Architecture Merit Badges were combined into a single book.

All Merit Badge Workbooks are updated.

Boy Scout Requirement Changes Policy

The requirements listed in this Boy Scout Requirements book for rank advancement, Eagle Palms, and merit badges are the official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America and are effective Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018. However, the requirements on the following pages might not match those in the Boy Scout Handbook and the merit badge pamphlets, because this publication is updated only on an annual basis. The most current and any updated merit badge requirements can be found at https://www.scouting.org/meritbadges.

When new or revised merit badge requirements appear in this Boy Scout Requirements book, any Scout beginning work on a merit badge must use the requirements as stated therein. However, if changes to merit badge requirements are introduced in a revised merit badge pamphlet or at www.scouting.org/meritbadges throughout the year, then the Scout has through the end of the current calendar year to decide which set of requirements to use.

Once a Scout begins work, he may continue using the requirements he started with until completion of the badge. Alternatively, he may choose to switch to the revised requirements. Sometimes, however—especially for more significant changes—the Boy Scout Handbook, the Boy Scout Requirements book, https://www.scouting.org/meritbadges, or official communications from the National Council may set forth a different procedure that must be used. The National Council may establish a new date for when use of the existing requirements must cease.

There is no time limit between starting and completing a badge, although a counselor may determine so much time has passed since any effort took place that the new requirements must be used.

No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or to subtract from, any advancement or merit badge requirements. For more detailed information, see the Guide to Advancement, which is available online at [ https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/ ].

2018 Boy Scout Requirements, inside front cover

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