New Boy Scout Rank Requirements in 2016

As published in the Juanita Council Newsletter this month:

Changes are coming to the Boy Scout program. Starting Jan. 1, 2016, the Boy Scouts will use the new Boy Scout Handbook and there will be updates on the rank requirements.

To view comparisons of the current requirements to the new rank requirements, view this worksheet. You may also view these guidelines for transitioning to the 2016 requirements for more information.


Boys joining on or after  Jan. 1, 2016  MUST use the new requirements.

Boys who have joined prior to Jan. 1, 2016:

  • Who are working on the Scout badge MAY continue to work on the existing requirements, but MUST convert to the new requirements upon completion of the Scout badge.
  • Who are working on Tenderfoot through First Class MAY continue to work on the existing requirements, but MUST convert to the new requirements upon attaining First Class.
  • Who have completed First Class MAY complete the rank they are currently working on in the existing requirements, but then MUST convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.

For 2017:  All Scouts MUST use the new requirements regardless of rank.

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