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The '''''Boy Scout Requirements''''' book details the latest official Boy Scouts of America rank, merit badge, and awards requirements for Scouts in Scouts BSA troops, [[Lone Boy Scout]]s, 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]].<ref group=note>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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'''''Scouts BSA Requirements''''', formerly known as '''''Boy Scout Requirements''''', is a publication of the Boy Scouts of America that details the latest official rank, merit badge, and awards requirements for [[Scouts BSA Portal|Scouts]], [[Lone Boy Scout]]s, 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:Scout special opportunities|special opportunities]].<ref group=note>The BSA Advancement Team welcomes comments and reactions to the ''[[Scouts BSA Requirements]]'' book. Feedback can be provided via email at mailto:[email protected] or via postal mail at:
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== Foreword ==
== Foreword ==
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{{quote-source|<span class{{=}}plainlinks>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 www.scouting.org/meritbadges].
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{{Quote-source|<span class{{=}}plainlinks>The requirements listed in this '''''[[Scouts BSA 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, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2019. However, the requirements on the following pages might not match those in the ''[[Scouts BSA Handbook|Scouts BSA handbooks]]'' 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 www.scouting.org/meritbadges].
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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 [https://www.scouting.org/meritbadges 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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When new or revised merit badge requirements appear in this ''Scouts BSA 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 [https://www.scouting.org/meritbadges 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, the Scout may continue using the requirements the Scout started with until completion of the badge. Alternatively, the Scout may choose to switch to the revised requirements. Sometimes, however—especially for more significant changes—the ''[[Scouts BSA Handbook|Scouts BSA handbooks]]'', the ''Scouts BSA Requirements'' book, [https://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.
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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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/.</span>|''[[Boy Scout Requirements]]'' (2018), inside front cover}}
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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 www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement].</span>|''[[Scouts BSA Requirements]]'' (2019), inside front cover}}
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;'''SCOUT IS NOW A RANK'''
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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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== Table of Contents ==
== Table of Contents ==
:Age Requirement Eligibility
:Age Requirement Eligibility
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:Boy Scout Rank Requirements
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:Scouts BSA Rank Requirements
::[[Scout rank|Scout Rank]] Requirements
::[[Scout rank|Scout Rank]] Requirements
::[[Tenderfoot rank|Tenderfoot Rank]] Requirements
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:Merit Badge Requirements
:Special Opportunities
:Special Opportunities
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:Merit Badges I Have Earned
 
:[[Merit_Badge_revision_dates|Merit Badge Library]]
:[[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.<ref group=note>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>
 
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==== Ranks ====
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:* [[Second Class rank|Second Class]] (1a, 5b, 5c)
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Effective January 1, 2019, the following changes were made to requirements for Scout ranks, merit badges, and special opportunities.<ref group=note>The [[U.S. Scouting Service Project]] provides details on all of the requirements changes and discrepancies reflected in the annual ''Scouts BSA Requirements'' book as compared to previous year's edition and other BSA publications (''[[Scouts BSA Handbook]]s'', merit badge pamphlets, application forms, etc): http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges.asp.</ref>
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:* [[First Class rank|First Class]] (1a, 6a, 6e)
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:* [[Scout rank]] through [[Eagle Scout rank]] and [[Eagle Palms]]<ref group=note>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>
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With the launch of [[Scouts BSA]] and the change in membership requirements, numerous changes have been made to the text of the requirements to change them from male oriented to gender neutral. Most of those changes are NOT listed in the table on the inside front cover of the book.
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;Ranks
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* [[Scout rank]] (5)
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* [[Second Class rank]] (8e)
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;Merit Badges
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*[[American Business]] (completely revised)
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*[[American Labor]] (1)
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*[[Archery]] (3b; for 5, option A: f1[d], f3; for 5, option B: f1[d], f3; deleted 4f)
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*[[Bird Study]] (1, 3, 3a; added 3d; new 6; renumbered existing 6, 7, 8; added 10, 11)
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*[[Camping]]<ref group=note name=2019discrepancies>There are discrepancies between the requirement(s) in the 2019 ''Scouts BSA Requirements'' book and corresponding merit badge pamphlet(s). For details on the discrepancies, see U. S. Scouting Service Project at http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges19.asp#differences</ref>
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*[[Communication]] (1d)
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*[[Fire Safety]]<ref group=note name=2019discrepancies />
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*[[First Aid]] (1, 5, 8)
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*[[Fish and Wildlife Management]]<ref group=note name=2019discrepancies />
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*[[Fly-Fishing]] (3, 9, 10; added 11)
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*[[Forestry]] (2c)
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*[[Geocaching]] (7, 8c; deleted 5c, 5d)
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*[[Golf]] (1, 7b)
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*[[Inventing]]<ref group=note name=2019discrepancies />
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*[[Law]] (11d)
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*[[Lifesaving]] (Second Class requirements 5c and 5d)
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*[[Motorboating]] (5, 5e, 5f, 5g; added 4h, 4i; deleted 6)
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*[[Personal Fitness]]<ref group=note name=2019discrepancies />
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*[[Personal Management]] (2a, 2b, 4b, 4c, 5, 6, 8d, 10a, 10b; added 2c, 2d, 4d, 4e)
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*[[Railroading]] (added 8a[8])
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*[[Reptile and Amphibian Study]] (8a, 8b)
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*[[Rifle Shooting]] (1f; added 1f[1] and 1f[2; for 2, option C: b, h)
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*[[Rowing]] (2)
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*[[Scouting Heritage]] (2a)
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*[[Small-Boat Sailing]]<ref group=note name=2019discrepancies />
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*[[Soil and Water Conservation]] (added 4e)<ref group=note name=2019discrepancies />
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*[[Traffic Safety]]<ref group=note name=2019discrepancies />
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*[[Woodwork]] (5, 6)
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;Special Opportunities
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*[[50 Miler Award]] (1, 4)
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*[[BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding]] (5)
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*[[Cyber Chip]] (Grades 9&ndash;12) (5)
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*[[Den Chief Service Award]] (7, 8, 11f, 11h)
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*[[Firem'n Chit]] (Intro., 1, 6)
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*[[Historic Trails Award]] (1, 3)
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*[[Interpreter Strip]]
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*[[Kayaking BSA]]
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*[[Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards]]
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*[[National Medal for Outdoor Achievement]] (Intro., 1, 7)
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*[[National Outdoor Awards]]
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*[[National Park Service Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger]] (2)
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*[[STEM Nova awards]]
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*[[Outdoor Ethics Action Award]] (1a, 1b, 2a, 3a, 3b, 4, 6)
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*[[Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award]] (3, 4, 5)
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*[[Paul Bunyan Woodsman]] (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
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*[[Religious Emblems]]
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*[[Scuba BSA]] (Note)
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*[[Totin' Chip]] (Intro., 1)
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*[[Whitewater Rafting BSA]]
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*[[William T. Hornaday Awards]]
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*[[World Conservation Award]] (1)
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*[[BSA Lifeguard]] no longer appears in ''Scouts BSA Requirements''. It is not clear if this is a mistake, an indication that BSA Lifeguard is no longer considered an award, or that BSA will no longer be conducting the training.
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;<big>2018</big>
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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 group=note>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>
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==== Merit Badges ====
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:*[[Animal Science]] (4; for Avian option: 6e)
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* [[Second Class rank|Second Class]] (1a, 5b, 5c)
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:*[[Archaeology]] (1, 2, 3, 4; new 5; 7, 8, 10)
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* [[First Class rank|First Class]] (1a, 6a, 6e)
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:*[[Archery]] (4d)
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* [[Scout rank]] through [[Eagle Scout rank]] and [[Eagle Palms]]<ref group=note>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>
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:*[[Astronomy]] (4b, 6b, 8b)
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:*[[Athletics]] (added note on religious exemptions; 2; 3a)
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:*[[Camping]] (3, 8d, 9b<ref group=note 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>)
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:*[[Canoeing]] (10, 12c)
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:*[[Chemistry]] (5, 6b, 6c)
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:*[[Coin Collecting]] (5)
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:*[[Communication]] (1a)
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:*[[Crime Prevention]] (2, 8)
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:*[[Electronics]] (4)
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:*[[Emergency Preparedness]] (2a, 2b, 6a, 6c)
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:*[[Energy]] (1a, 1b)
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:*[[Fire Safety]] (3, 12, 13)<ref group=note name=discrepancies />
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:*[[First Aid]] (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11)
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:*[[Fish and Wildlife Management]] (7c)<ref group=note name=discrepancies />
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:*[[Insect Study]] (new 6b)
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:*[[Inventing]] (4)<ref group=note name=discrepancies />
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:*[[Medicine]] (1, 4a, 4b; new 5c; 6, 9)
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:*[[Nature]] (4d[1], 4e[1])
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:*[[Personal Fitness]] (1a, 4c, 4d, new 4e, 6<ref group=note name=discrepancies />, 8<ref group=note name=discrepancies />)
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:*[[Plant Science]] (for 8, field botany option: a, f1[a])
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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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:*[[Small Boat Sailing]] (1b)<ref group=note name=discrepancies />
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:*[[Soil and Water Conservation]] (2b, 2d, 3c, 4c, 4d, 5b, 5d, 7c, 7d)<ref group=note name=discrepancies />
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:*[[Theater]] (1, 3, 5; deleted 6)
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:*[[Traffic Safety]] (5b, 5d)<ref group=note name=discrepancies />
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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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;Merit Badges
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:* Deleted [[Denali Award]]
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*[[Animal Science]] (4; for Avian option: 6e)
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:* Added [[Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger]] program
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*[[Archaeology]] (1, 2, 3, 4; new 5; 7, 8, 10)
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:* Added [[Complete Angler]] - Available since 2014, but appears for the first time in the 2018 edition.
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*[[Archery]] (4d)
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:* Added [[Whitewater Rafting BSA]] - Available since the 2017 National Scout Jamboree, appears for the first time.
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*[[Astronomy]] (4b, 6b, 8b)
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*[[Athletics]] (added note on religious exemptions; 2; 3a)
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*[[Camping]] (3, 8d, 9b<ref group=note name=2018discrepancies>There are discrepancies between the requirement(s) in the 2018 ''Boy Scout Requirements'' book and corresponding merit badge pamphlet(s). For details on the discrepancies, see U. S. Scouting Service Project at http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges18.asp#differences</ref>)
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*[[Canoeing]] (10, 12c)
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*[[Chemistry]] (5, 6b, 6c)
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*[[Coin Collecting]] (5)
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*[[Communication]] (1a)
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*[[Crime Prevention]] (2, 8)
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*[[Electronics]] (4)
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*[[Emergency Preparedness]] (2a, 2b, 6a, 6c)
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*[[Energy]] (1a, 1b)
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*[[Fire Safety]] (3, 12, 13)<ref group=note name=2018discrepancies />
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*[[First Aid]] (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11)
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*[[Fish and Wildlife Management]] (7c)<ref group=note name=2018discrepancies />
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*[[Insect Study]] (new 6b)
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*[[Inventing]] (4)<ref group=note name=2018discrepancies />
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*[[Medicine]] (1, 4a, 4b; new 5c; 6, 9)
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*[[Nature]] (4d[1], 4e[1])
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*[[Personal Fitness]] (1a, 4c, 4d, new 4e, 6<ref group=note name=2018discrepancies />, 8<ref group=note name=2018discrepancies />)
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*[[Plant Science]] (for 8, field botany option: a, f1[a])
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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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*[[Small-Boat Sailing]] (1b)<ref group=note name=2018discrepancies />
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*[[Soil and Water Conservation]] (2b, 2d, 3c, 4c, 4d, 5b, 5d, 7c, 7d)<ref group=note name=2018discrepancies />
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*[[Theater]] (1, 3, 5; deleted 6)
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*[[Traffic Safety]] (5b, 5d)<ref group=note name=2018discrepancies />
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*[[Weather]] (10)
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*[[Wilderness Survival]] (4, 9, 11)
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:;Changed requirements
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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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* 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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:* [[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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;Changed requirements
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:* [[National Medal for Outdoor Achievement]] (excised references to the discontinued [[Varsity Scouting]] program)
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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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:* [[Den Chief Service Award]] (2, 10, 11h)
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* [[National Medal for Outdoor Achievement]] (excised references to the discontinued [[Varsity Scouting]] program)
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:* [[Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award]] (2, 5)
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* [[Den Chief Service Award]] (2, 10, 11h)
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:* [[Outdoor Ethics Action Award]] (1a, 1b, 2a, 3a, 3b, 4, 6)
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* [[Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award]] (2, 5)
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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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* [[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>)
== Notes ==
== Notes ==
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<references group=note />
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== See Also ==
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== See also ==
*''[[Scouts BSA Handbook]]''
*''[[Scouts BSA Handbook]]''
* [[Merit Badges]]
* [[Merit Badges]]
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* [[Boy Scout awards]]
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* [[Scouts BSA awards]]
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== External Links ==
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== External links ==
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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>[https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/ Online Scouts BSA Requirements]</span> 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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* <span class=plainlinks>[http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges.asp Scouts BSA Requirements Changes]</span> USScouts.org
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Current revision

Boy Scout Requirements

Front cover of the 2019 edition.
First edition:
Latest edition:2019
BSA Supply Number:648914
Doc. No. 33216
Shortcut:
SBR

Scouts BSA Requirements, formerly known as Boy Scout Requirements, is a publication of the Boy Scouts of America that details the latest official rank, merit badge, and awards requirements for Scouts, Lone Boy Scouts, 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.[note 1]

Contents

Foreword

The requirements listed in this Scouts BSA 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, 2019, through Dec. 31, 2019. However, the requirements on the following pages might not match those in the Scouts BSA handbooks 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 Scouts BSA 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, the Scout may continue using the requirements the Scout started with until completion of the badge. Alternatively, the Scout may choose to switch to the revised requirements. Sometimes, however—especially for more significant changes—the Scouts BSA handbooks, the Scouts BSA 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 www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement.

Scouts BSA Requirements (2019), inside front cover

Table of Contents

Age Requirement Eligibility
Scouts BSA 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 Badge Library

Requirements Changes

2019

Effective January 1, 2019, the following changes were made to requirements for Scout ranks, merit badges, and special opportunities.[note 2]

With the launch of Scouts BSA and the change in membership requirements, numerous changes have been made to the text of the requirements to change them from male oriented to gender neutral. Most of those changes are NOT listed in the table on the inside front cover of the book.

Ranks
Merit Badges
Special Opportunities
Deleted
  • BSA Lifeguard no longer appears in Scouts BSA Requirements. It is not clear if this is a mistake, an indication that BSA Lifeguard is no longer considered an award, or that BSA will no longer be conducting the training.
2018

Effective January 1, 2018, the following changes were made to requirements for Boy Scout ranks, merit badges, and special opportunities.[note 4]

Ranks
Merit Badges
Special Opportunities
Changed requirements

Notes

  1. The BSA Advancement Team welcomes comments and reactions to the Scouts BSA 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 Scouts BSA Requirements book as compared to previous year's edition and other BSA publications (Scouts BSA Handbooks, merit badge pamphlets, application forms, etc): http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges.asp.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 There are discrepancies between the requirement(s) in the 2019 Scouts BSA Requirements book and corresponding merit badge pamphlet(s). For details on the discrepancies, see U. S. Scouting Service Project at http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges19.asp#differences
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 There are discrepancies between the requirement(s) in the 2018 Boy Scout Requirements book and corresponding merit badge pamphlet(s). For details on the discrepancies, see U. S. Scouting Service Project at http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges18.asp#differences

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