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{{Handbook
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|latest_edition = 2018, 302 pages <br />&ndash;[https://www.scoutshop.org/books/scout-resources/2018-boy-scout-requirements-book-641568.html Coil-Bound]
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In addition to the online version, the printed '''Boy Scout Requirements''' book is available at your local Scout Shop and can be ordered online:
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== Foreword ==
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{{quote-source|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 http://www.scouting.org/meritbadges www.scouting.org/meritbadges].
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* [http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards.aspx Online Boy Scout Requirements]
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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.
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* [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=Boy+Scout+Requirements Order a printed copy online] or purchase one at [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/storeloc.aspx your local Scout Shop].<br>
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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, [http://www.scouting.org/meritbadges 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.
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Many of the pages at MeritBadge.Org include the text of these requirements:
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There is no time limit between starting and completing a badge, although a [[Merit badge counselor|counselor]] may determine so much time has passed since any effort took place that the new requirements must be used.
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:''See the [[Advancement Policies]] and [[:Category:Boy Scout requirements]] for much more.
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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/.|''[[Boy Scout Requirements]]'' (2018), inside front cover}}
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* [[Scout|Boy Scout Joining Requirements]] (Scout Award)
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;'''SCOUT IS NOW A RANK'''
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* [[Tenderfoot Rank]] Requirements
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Scout became a rank effective Jan. 1, 2016. All requirements for the Scout rank must be completed as a member of a troop. If a Scout has already completed these requirements as part of the [[Webelos_Scout_Adventures#Arrow_of_Light_Adventure:_Scouting_Adventure|Webelos Scouting Adventure]], he simply demonstrates his knowledge or skills to his [[Scoutmaster]] or other designated leader after joining. Upon joining, a Scout must still meet the age requirements. The Scout must be a youth who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the [[Arrow of Light Award]] and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.
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* [[Second Class Rank]] Requirements
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* [[First Class Rank]] Requirements
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== Requirements Changes ==
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* [[Alternate Requirements for the First Three Ranks]]
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Effective January 1, 2018, the following changes were made to requirements for Boy Scout ranks, merit badges, and special opportunities.
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* [[Star Rank]] Requirements
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* [[Life Rank]] Requirements
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==== Ranks ====
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* [[Eagle Rank]] Requirements
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:* [[Second Class]] (1a, 5b, 5c)
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* [[Eagle Scout Rank - Alternate Requirements]]
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:* [[First Class]] (1a, 6a, 6e)
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* [[Eagle Palms]]
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* [[Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects|Selecting Leadership Service Projects]]
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==== Merit Badges ====
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* [[Merit Badges|Introduction to Merit Badges]]
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:*[[Animal Science]] (4; for Avian option: 6e)
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* [[Merit Badge]] Requirements
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:*[[Archaeology]] (1, 2, 3, 4; new 5; 7, 8, 10)
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* [[Merit Badge Library]]
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:*[[Archery]] (4d)
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* [[Boardsailing BSA]]
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:*[[Astronomy]] (4b, 6b, 8b)
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* [[BSA Lifeguard]]
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:*[[Athletics]] (added note on religious exemptions; 2; 3a)
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* [[Den Chief Service Award]]
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:*[[Camping]] (3, 8d)
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* [[50-Miler Award]]
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:*[[Canoeing]] (10, 12c)
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* [[Firem'n Chit]]
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:*[[Chemistry]] (5, 6b, 6c)
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* [[Historic Trails Award]]
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:*[[Coin Collecting]] (5)
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* [[Interpreter Strip]]
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:*[[Communication]] (1a)
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* [[Kayaking BSA]]
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:*[[Crime Prevention]] (2, 8)
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* [[Leave No Trace]]
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:*[[Electronics]] (4)
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* [[Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards]]
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:*[[Emergency Preparedness]] (2a, 2b, 6a, 6c)
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* [[Mile Swim BSA]]
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:*[[Energy]] (1a, 1b)
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* [[Paul Bunyan Woodsman]]
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:*[[First Aid]] (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11)
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* [[Religious Emblems]]
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:*[[Insect Study]] (new 6b)
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* [[Scuba BSA]]
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:*[[Medicine]] (1, 4a, 4b; new 5c; 6, 9)
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* [[Snorkeling BSA]]
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:*[[Nature]] (4d[1], 4e[1])
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* [[Totin' Chip]]
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:*[[Personal Fitness]] (1a, 4c, 4d, new 4e)
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* [[William T. Hornaday Awards]]
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:*[[Plant Science]] (for 8, field botany option: a, f1[a])
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* [[World Conservation Award]]
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:*[[Public Health]] (1, 2b, 2c, 5, new 6c, 7)
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:*[[Radio]]]] (9d[5])
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:*[[Scouting Heritage]] (4b)
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:*[[Sculpture]] (2a)
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:*[[Theater]] (1, 3, 5; deleted 6)
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:*[[Weather]] (10)
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:*[[Wilderness Survival]] (4, 9, 11)
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==== Special Opportunities ====
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* Deleted [[Denali Award]]
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* Added [[Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger]] program
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== Table of Contents ==
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:Age Requirement Eligibility
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:Boy Scout Rank Requirements
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::[[Scout Rank]] Requirements
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::[[Tenderfoot Rank]] Requirements
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::[[Second Class Rank]] Requirements
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::[[First Class Rank]] Requirements
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::[[Alternative Requirements]]
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::[[Star Rank]] Requirements
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::[[Life Rank]] Requirements
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::[[Eagle Rank]] Requirements
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::[[Eagle Scout Rank Alternative Requirements]]
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::[[Eagle Palms]]
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:Introduction to [[Merit Badges]]
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:Merit Badge Requirements
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:Special Opportunities
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:Merit Badges I Have Earned
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:[[Merit_Badge_revision_dates|Merit Badge Library]]
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== See Also ==
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*[[Boy Scout Handbook]]
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*[[Merit Badges]]
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*[[Boy Scout Awards]]
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== External Links ==
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* [https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/advancement-and-awards/ Online Boy Scout Requirements] &mdash; Scouting.org
[[Category:Boy Scout requirements]]
[[Category:Boy Scout requirements]]

Current revision

Boy Scout Requirements

First edition:
Latest edition:2018, 302 pages
Coil-Bound
BSA Supply Number:33216

Contents

Foreword

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 http://www.scouting.org/meritbadges 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, 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/.

Boy Scout Requirements (2018), inside front cover
SCOUT IS NOW A RANK

Scout became a rank effective Jan. 1, 2016. All requirements for the Scout rank must be completed as a member of a troop. If a Scout has already completed these requirements as part of the Webelos Scouting Adventure, he simply demonstrates his knowledge or skills to his Scoutmaster or other designated leader after joining. Upon joining, a Scout must still meet the age requirements. The Scout must be a youth who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.

Requirements Changes

Effective January 1, 2018, the following changes were made to requirements for Boy Scout ranks, merit badges, and special opportunities.

Ranks

Merit Badges

Special Opportunities

Table of Contents

Age Requirement Eligibility
Boy Scout Rank Requirements
Scout Rank Requirements
Tenderfoot Rank Requirements
Second Class Rank Requirements
First Class Rank Requirements
Alternative Requirements
Star Rank Requirements
Life Rank Requirements
Eagle Rank Requirements
Eagle Scout Rank Alternative Requirements
Eagle Palms
Introduction to Merit Badges
Merit Badge Requirements
Special Opportunities
Merit Badges I Have Earned
Merit Badge Library

See Also

External Links

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