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January

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.


February

MeritBadge.Org is home to many different worksheets:

But these worksheets are a lot more that just a place to take notes! The worksheets include the resources you will need:

  • Blank maps, diagrams, and charts
  • Checklists like the Home Safety Checklist
  • Resources like the Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat
  • Internet links are at the end of each workbook.

Most worksheets include links to free online video lessons. Check out: Camping, First Aid, Swimming, etc. If a requirement asks for a diagram you will even find graph paper is included!


March

Spring Quiz! These articles give the surprising answers to common questions:

General: What if a Scout has a disability or other special needs?
Cub Scouts: What is Day Camp? Can Tigers go? What is Resident Camp?
Boy Scouts: How do you appeal a Board of Review? Scoutmaster Conference?
Varsity Scouts: What is Varsity Scouts? How is it different from Boy Scouts?
Venturing: What is the Silver Award? How is it like the Eagle Scout Award?
Merit Badges: What do summer camps typically offer? Which are most popular?
Belt Loops: Can Tiger Cubs earn belt loops? Can belt loops be earned again?

April

The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Scouts to 'think globally' and 'act locally' to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we are interdependent with our world environment.

The design of the badge incorporates the panda logo of the World Wildlife Fund, which sponsors the Award on a worldwide basis with the fleur-de-lis, which is found on or as the basis for many nation's Scouting emblems. The World Conservation Award is earned by Scouts and Venturers in many other nations outside of the United States.


May

Dr. James E. West (May 16, 1876 – May 15, 1948) was a lawyer and an advocate of children's rights, who become the first professional Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, serving from 1911-1943. Upon his retirement from the BSA, West was given the title of Chief Scout. When the new BSA office opened in January 1911 West was at the helm and the movement began to grow at a rapid pace. Sixty local councils were organized in the first month of his tenure. One of his first tasks was the first edition of Boy Scout Handbook. West was instrumental in expanding the third part of the Scout Oath:

...To help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

He also pushed to add three parts to the Scout Law: brave, clean, and reverent. In November 1911 the title was changed and he became the first Chief Scout Executive.


June

The purpose of the Ranger Award award is to encourage Venturers to achieve a high level of outdoor skills proficiency; recognize achievement of this high level of outdoor skills proficiency; provide a path for outdoor/high-adventure skills training; and establish Rangers as a highly trained leadership resource for crews, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the community.

The Ranger Award exemplifies a challenging high-level outdoor/high-adventure skills advancement program. Once earned, it will identify a Ranger as a person who is highly skilled at a variety of outdoor sports and interests, trained in outdoor safety, and ready to lead or assist others in activities. Rangers can be a great program asset to Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and others.



July

Boy Scouts who earn the Swimming merit badge will learn about safety when swimming and diving, how swimming can contribute to overall fitness and health, and gain some basic competitive swimming skills.

Required for the Eagle Scout Rank, the Swimming merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges created in 1911.



August

Scouts who earn the Swimming merit badge will learn about safety when swimming and diving, how swimming can contribute to overall fitness and health, and gain some basic competitive swimming skills.

Required for the Eagle Scout Rank, the Swimming merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges created in 1911.



September

Several Boy Scout rank requirements were updated in 2008. The 2009 Boy Scout Requirements book will be available in Scout shops in January, 2009. Until then the updated rank requirements are available here.


October

The requirements for several Merit Badges changed on August 1, 2008. All Merit Badge pamphlets are reprinted with color photographs, diagrams, and covers effective August 1, 2008. The actual text and requirements, in most cases did not change from the previous editions.

The requirements for the following Merit Badges have changed: Architecture, Automotive Maintenance, Coin Collecting, Drafting, Emergency Preparedness, Engineering, Farm Mechanics, Indian Lore, Insect Study, Landscape Architecture, Lifesaving, Motorboating, Painting, Pottery, Radio, and Swimming.

The Auto Mechanics merit badge was replaced with badge Automotive Maintenance. Architecture and Landscape Architecture Merit Badges were combined into a single book.

All Merit Badge Workbooks are updated. See the 2009 Boy Scout Requirement Changes for more information. See the 2008 Boy Scout Requirement Changes for previous changes.


November

Quiz Time! These articles give the surprising answers to common questions:

General: When are you in Uniform? Is the uniform ever required?
Cub Scouts: What is a Denner? Why is he so important?
Boy Scouts: When is a Scout Active? What is Scout Spirit?
Varsity Scouts: What is the Denali Award? Can Varsity Scouts earn merit badges?
Venturing: What is the TRUST Award? Can Venturers earn merit badges?
Merit Badges: Who signs a Blue Card? (Have you seen the online version?)
Belt Loops: Who can earn Belt Loops? Can you earn them more than once?

December

Hundreds of New Pages Just Added!

Would you like to have the Scout requirements right on your phone?

Now you can with the mobile version of MeritBadge.Org!

m.meritbadge.org is customized for your cell phone, Blackberry, or PDA. In the top left corner of any normal MeritBadge.org, click Mobile/PDA interface or just type in m.meritbadge.org on your phone.

The mobile version offers the requirements and details pages customized for a small screen. The ranks, merit badges, awards and more are included.

Imagine having the Boy Scout, Cub Scout, Venturing, and Varsity requirements with you any time!

The pages have limited graphics so they download fast on a mobile connection.

Help test Mobile MeritBadge.Org on your phone or PDA.

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