2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirement Updates
Beginning January 1, 2016, new requirements for Scout rank, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, Life, and Eagle take affect. Scouts who are currently earning a rank and continue to do so after January 1, may continue to use the current requirements. Once that rank is acheived, the new requirements must be used for all ranks following. As an example, a Scout may use the current requirements to complete his Star rank after January 1, but once he begins to start his Life rank he must use the new requirements.
It is important to review all the requirements and start to understand where some of the changes or new requirements will be for your Scout's journey to Eagle rank. To help you find out the changes and to answer any question you may have, please review the items below. If you have questions that are not answered please contact your District Advancement chair or the Advancement office at the council office.
BSA Mission Statement
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
The Aims of Scouting
Every Scouting activity moves boys toward three basic aims: character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness.
Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout leaders to help boys fulfill the aims of the BSA.
Advancement Is Based on Experiential Learning
Everything done to advance—to earn ranks and other awards and recognition—is designed to educate or to otherwise expand horizons. Members learn and develop according to a standard. This is the case from the time a member joins, and then moves through, the programs of Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing or Sea Scouts.
Experiential learning is the key: Exciting and meaningful activities are offered, and education happens. Learning comes from doing. For example, youth may read about first aid, hear it discussed, and watch others administer it, but they will not learn it until they practice it. Rushing a Scout through requirements to obtain a badge is not the goal. Advancement should be a natural outcome of a well-rounded unit program, rich in opportunities to work toward the ranks.
It is important to note, as with any educational opportunity, a rank or award is not the end of the learning process. In Scouting, after a requirement has been passed, the Scout is placed in practical situations that build retention through repeated use of skills. For example, he plays games that feature the skills, teaches other Scouts, and perhaps practices them in “real-life” outdoor experiences. A well-rounded and strong unit program takes advantage of these kinds of opportunities, using them to improve retention through practical application.