Boy Scouts of America


2016 Boy Scout Requirements

Boy Scout Advancement requirements are reviewed and updated every two years to reflect changes to programs, requirements and policies. Changes come from a team of national-level professionals and volunteers. Many of the new sections are the result of frequently asked questions that the Advancement team is answering through new policies.
Based on the work of the Strategic Plan Goal 411 Task Force, a new set of Boy Scout requirements will become effective on January 1st, 2016. Here is a transition guide.
For 2016:
  • 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.


Every Saturday, for almost two years, Troop 111 Scouts and Dads meet at Sutherland Middle School to workout and bond together.  It’s called ‘The Grinder,’ and all members of Troop 111 are invited and welcome to attend.  Thinking that it might make a good article for Boys Life magazine, we contacted the editors.  They responded that it was a great idea and assigned a reporter and photographer to the article.  Interviews were given last month and on 28 November, a professional photographer came to the Grinder and photographed our boys in action.  Their pictures were taken during the Grinder and each boy demonstrated an exercise that was recorded for the Boys Life website.
It was great opportunity for our Scouts and Troop 111 to potentially have an impact on Boy Scouts across the nation and around the world.

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