|Each January, The Boy Scouts of America announces requirement changes. The following ranks are changing: Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle, and the Eagle Scout Rank - Alternate Requirements.
In addition, many merit badges are changing again this year including: Astronomy, Automotive Maintenance, Bird Study, Chess, Citizenship in the Community, Communication, Composite Materials, Dog Care, Emergency Preparedness, Fire Safety, Fishing, Gardening, Hiking, Home Repairs, Law, Oceanography, Orienteering, Photography, Safety, Wilderness Survival, and Wood Carving.
Two new merit badges, Kayaking and Search and Rescue, were added in 2012.
See the 2013 Boy Scout Requirement Changes for details.