2011 Boy Scout Requirement Changes

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2011 Boy Scout Requirements
2011 Boy Scout Requirements

The 2011 edition of Boy Scout Requirements (No. 33216 - SKU#34765) was released in mid-January, 2011. The 2011 Boy Scout Requirements book includes: a minor addition to Life rank requirement 4, a clarification to Eagle rank requirement 6, major revisions to three merit badges, minor changes to two merit badges, and the requirements for the three new merit badges (released in 2010).


2011 Boy Scout Requirements (Summary of changes)



An addition was made to requirement 6, by adding item (g) as a seventh option for Scouts teaching the EDGE method to another Scout. The change reads as follows:

6. While a Star Scout, use the EDGE method to teach a younger Scout the skills from ONE of the following seven six choices, so that he is prepared to pass those requirements to his unit leader's satisfaction.
g. Three requirements from one of the Eagle-required merit badges, as approved by your unit leader.


BSA included a clarification of requirement 4, as follows:

The 2009 printing of the Boy Scout Handbook inadvertently included bugler as a position of responsibility under Eagle Scout requirement 4; it is not. The corrected Eagle Scout requirement 4 will appear in the next printing of the Boy Scout Handbook.

Merit Badges


The following Merit Badges (released in 2010) are now listed in the new (2011) "Boy Scout Requirements" book:


The requirements for the following Merit Badges were revised, effective January 1, 2011:


The 2010 Historic (a.k.a. "Centennial") Merit Badges (Carpentry, Pathfinding, Tracking and Signaling) have been discontinued, effective December 31, 2010.

2010 Historic (a.k.a. "Centennial") Merit Badges "Data Entry" Deadline: With the deadline of December 31, 2010 for Scouts to earn the historical merit badges, the decision has been made to allow additional time thereafter for entering them into the ScoutNET system. The deadline for doing so has been set as March 31, 2011. This applies to those at the local council who enter advancement based on forms submitted, or unit management software file uploads provided. It also applies to unit advancement processors using Internet Advancement. The merit badges affected are: Carpentry, Pathfinding, Signaling, and Tracking. This is not intended as an extension of time to earn the badges; only as additional time for data entry. Troops can submit advancement reports for Historic Merit Badges earned by Scouts before 12/31/2010 through March 31, 2011. — Announcement from the National Council office.

Pending release

  • Robotics is scheduled to be released in April, 2011.

Merit Badge pamphlets


The following new Merit Badge pamphlets were released in 2010:


The following existing Merit Badge pamphlets were revised in 2010:

Boy Scout Requirements changes policy

The requirements for rank advancement, Eagle Palms, and merit badges are effective January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009. The requirements listed in this book [Boy Scout Requirements] are the official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America. 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. These merit badge requirements also appear on the BSA's official Web site (http://www.scouting.org). The requirements posted on the Web site will coincide with this publication and will be updated at the same time, only on an annual basis.

If a Scout has already started working on a merit badge when a new edition for the pamphlet is introduced, he may continue to use the same merit badge pamphlet and fulfill the requirements therein to earn the badge. He need not start all over again with the new pamphlet and possibly revised requirements.

Boy Scout Requirements #33216, inside front cover

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