In a nod to the BSA's increased emphasis on the outdoors, the number of campouts required for First Class in Boy Scouting will double beginning in 2016.
In a nod toward helping other people at all times, Boy Scout service hour requirements that take effect in 2016 will increase the number of hours needed.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, every rank from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout (plus Eagle Scout palms) will include a "duty to God" requirement.
Scout, previously a badge a young man received upon joining, will become its own rank — complete with a new patch — beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
Can something used to meet one Scout requirement count toward the completion of another? Let's look at using one activity for two Scout requirements.
After a boy completes an adventure, he gets the ultimate reward: a shiny adventure loop for his belt or adventure pin for his Webelos colors or Webelos cap.
Tent, hammock, cabin, retired battleship — all offer great experiences for Scouts, but only some count as camping nights for the Camping merit badge.
Starting now, Boy Scouts (and troop leaders and merit badge counselors) can download interactive digital merit badge pamphlets for four merit badges.
The 2015 Guide to Advancement, your official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs, is now available.
BSA has acquired Scoutbook, the web app that makes tracking advancement easier — so you can get back to enjoying those life-changing Scouting experiences.