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The ''[[{{PAGENAME}}|Boy Scout Requirements]]'' book<ref>The BSA Advancement Team welcomes comments and reactions to the ''[[Boy Scout Requirements]]'' book. Feedback can be provided via email at mailto:[email protected] or via postal mail at:
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:Advancement, S272
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:Boy Scouts of America
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:1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
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:Irving, TX 75015-2079</ref> details the latest official Boy Scouts of America rank, merit badge, and awards requirements for Scouts in Scouts BSA troops and [[qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts]]. The book is designed to bring together in one publication the requirements for [[merit badge]]s, rank advancements, and [[Eagle Palms]], and to highlight recognitions for [[:category:Boy Scout special opportunities|special opportunities]].
== Foreword ==
== 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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{{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 <span class{{=}}plainlinks>[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.
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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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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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]</span>, 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 [[Merit badge counselor|counselor]] may determine so much time has passed since any effort took place that the new requirements must be used.
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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;'''SCOUT IS NOW A RANK'''
;'''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_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.
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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== Table of Contents ==
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:Age Requirement Eligibility
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:Boy Scout Rank Requirements
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::[[Scout rank|Scout Rank]] Requirements
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::[[Tenderfoot rank|Tenderfoot Rank]] Requirements
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::[[Second Class rank|Second Class Rank]] Requirements
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::[[First Class rank|First Class Rank]] Requirements
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::[[Alternative Requirements]]
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::[[Star rank|Star Rank]] Requirements
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::[[Life rank|Life Rank]] Requirements
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::[[Eagle Scout rank|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]]
== Requirements Changes ==
== Requirements Changes ==
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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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Effective January 1, 2018, the following changes were made to requirements for Boy Scout ranks, merit badges, and special opportunities.<ref>The [[U.S. Scouting Service Project]] provides details on all of the requirements changes and discrepancies reflected in the annual ''Boy Scout Requirements'' book as compared to previous year's edition and other BSA publications (''[[Boy Scout Handbook]]'', merit badge pamphlets, application forms, etc): http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges.asp.</ref>
==== Ranks ====
==== Ranks ====
:* [[Second Class rank|Second Class]] (1a, 5b, 5c)
:* [[Second Class rank|Second Class]] (1a, 5b, 5c)
:* [[First Class rank|First Class]] (1a, 6a, 6e)
:* [[First Class rank|First Class]] (1a, 6a, 6e)
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:* [[Scout rank]] through [[Eagle Scout rank]] and [[Eagle Palms]]<ref>As a consequence of the announced ending of the [[Varsity Scouting]] program, some changes were made to the requirements and notes for each Boy Scout rank and for Eagle Palms to remove references to Varsity Scouting.</ref>
==== Merit Badges ====
==== Merit Badges ====
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:*[[Astronomy]] (4b, 6b, 8b)
:*[[Astronomy]] (4b, 6b, 8b)
:*[[Athletics]] (added note on religious exemptions; 2; 3a)
:*[[Athletics]] (added note on religious exemptions; 2; 3a)
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:*[[Camping]] (3, 8d)
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:*[[Camping]] (3, 8d, 9b<ref name=discrepancies>There are discrepancies between the requirement(s) in the ''Boy Scout Requirements'' book and corresponding merit badge pamphlet(s). For details on the discrepancies, see the USScouts.org at http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges18.asp#differences</ref>)
:*[[Canoeing]] (10, 12c)
:*[[Canoeing]] (10, 12c)
:*[[Chemistry]] (5, 6b, 6c)
:*[[Chemistry]] (5, 6b, 6c)
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:*[[Emergency Preparedness]] (2a, 2b, 6a, 6c)
:*[[Emergency Preparedness]] (2a, 2b, 6a, 6c)
:*[[Energy]] (1a, 1b)
:*[[Energy]] (1a, 1b)
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:*[[Fire Safety]] (3, 12, 13)<ref name=discrepancies />
:*[[First Aid]] (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11)
:*[[First Aid]] (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11)
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:*[[Fish and Wildlife Management]] (7c)<ref name=discrepancies />
:*[[Insect Study]] (new 6b)
:*[[Insect Study]] (new 6b)
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:*[[Inventing]] (4)<ref name=discrepancies />
:*[[Medicine]] (1, 4a, 4b; new 5c; 6, 9)
:*[[Medicine]] (1, 4a, 4b; new 5c; 6, 9)
:*[[Nature]] (4d[1], 4e[1])
:*[[Nature]] (4d[1], 4e[1])
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:*[[Personal Fitness]] (1a, 4c, 4d, new 4e)
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:*[[Personal Fitness]] (1a, 4c, 4d, new 4e, 6<ref name=discrepancies />, 8<ref name=discrepancies />)
:*[[Plant Science]] (for 8, field botany option: a, f1[a])
:*[[Plant Science]] (for 8, field botany option: a, f1[a])
:*[[Public Health]] (1, 2b, 2c, 5, new 6c, 7)
:*[[Public Health]] (1, 2b, 2c, 5, new 6c, 7)
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:*[[Radio]]]] (9d[5])
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:*[[Radio]] (9d[5])
:*[[Scouting Heritage]] (4b)
:*[[Scouting Heritage]] (4b)
:*[[Sculpture]] (2a)
:*[[Sculpture]] (2a)
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:*[[Small Boat Sailing]] (1b)<ref name=discrepancies />
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:*[[Soil and Water Conservation]] (2b, 2d, 3c, 4c, 4d, 5b, 5d, 7c, 7d)<ref name=discrepancies />
:*[[Theater]] (1, 3, 5; deleted 6)
:*[[Theater]] (1, 3, 5; deleted 6)
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:*[[Traffic Safety]] (5b, 5d)<ref name=discrepancies />
:*[[Weather]] (10)
:*[[Weather]] (10)
:*[[Wilderness Survival]] (4, 9, 11)
:*[[Wilderness Survival]] (4, 9, 11)
==== Special Opportunities ====
==== Special Opportunities ====
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* Deleted [[Denali Award]]
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:* Deleted [[Denali Award]]
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* Added [[Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger]] program
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:* Added [[Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger]] program
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:* Added [[Complete Angler]] - Available since 2014, but appears for the first time in the 2018 edition.
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:* Added [[Whitewater Rafting BSA]] - Available since the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, appears for the first time.
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:;Changed requirements
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:* [[National Outdoor Badges|National Outdoor Badges for Camping, Aquatics, Conservation, Hiking, Riding, and Adventure]] (excised references to the discontinued [[Varsity Scouting]] program)
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:* [[National Medal for Outdoor Achievement]] (excised references to the discontinued [[Varsity Scouting]] program)
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:* [[Den Chief Service Award]] (2, 10, 11h)
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:* [[Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award]] (2, 5)
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:* [[Outdoor Ethics Action Award]] (1a, 1b, 2a, 3a, 3b, 4, 6)
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:* [[BSA Lifeguard]] (<span class=plainlinks>[http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges18.asp#lifeguard multiple changes detailed at USSCouts.org]<span>)
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== Notes ==
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<references />
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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|Scout Rank]] Requirements
 
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::[[Tenderfoot rank|Tenderfoot Rank]] Requirements
 
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::[[Second Class rank|Second Class Rank]] Requirements
 
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::[[First Class rank|First Class Rank]] Requirements
 
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::[[Alternative Requirements]]
 
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::[[Star rank|Star Rank]] Requirements
 
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::[[Life rank|Life Rank]] Requirements
 
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::[[Eagle Scout rank|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 ==
== See Also ==
*''[[Boy Scout Handbook]]''
*''[[Boy Scout Handbook]]''
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== External Links ==
== External Links ==
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* [https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/advancement-and-awards/ Online Boy Scout Requirements] &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/advancement-and-awards/ Online Boy Scout Requirements]</span> &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges.asp Boy Scout/Scouts BSA Requirements Changes]</span> &mdash; USScouts.org
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''Boy Scout Requirements''

Cover of the 2018 edition.
First edition:
Latest edition:2018, 302 pages
(SKU: 641568)
BSA Supply Number:641568

The Boy Scout Requirements book[1] details the latest official Boy Scouts of America rank, merit badge, and awards requirements for Scouts in Scouts BSA troops and qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts. The book is designed to bring together in one publication the requirements for merit badges, rank advancements, and Eagle Palms, and to highlight recognitions for special opportunities.

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 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.

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

Requirements Changes

Effective January 1, 2018, the following changes were made to requirements for Boy Scout ranks, merit badges, and special opportunities.[2]

Ranks

Merit Badges

Special Opportunities

Changed requirements

Notes

  1. The BSA Advancement Team welcomes comments and reactions to the Boy Scout Requirements book. Feedback can be provided via email at mailto:[email protected] or via postal mail at:
    Advancement, S272
    Boy Scouts of America
    1325 West Walnut Hill Lane
    P.O. Box 152079
    Irving, TX 75015-2079
  2. The U.S. Scouting Service Project provides details on all of the requirements changes and discrepancies reflected in the annual Boy Scout Requirements book as compared to previous year's edition and other BSA publications (Boy Scout Handbook, merit badge pamphlets, application forms, etc): http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges.asp.
  3. As a consequence of the announced ending of the Varsity Scouting program, some changes were made to the requirements and notes for each Boy Scout rank and for Eagle Palms to remove references to Varsity Scouting.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 There are discrepancies between the requirement(s) in the Boy Scout Requirements book and corresponding merit badge pamphlet(s). For details on the discrepancies, see the USScouts.org at http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges18.asp#differences

See Also

External Links

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