New BSA requirements

As of Jan. 1, 2017, all Boy Scouts — regardless of rank — must begin using the new Boy Scout requirements
The BSA established 2016 as a transition year, allowing Boy Scouts to choose whether to use the new requirements or finish up their current rank with the old ones.
Now that it’s 2017, every Boy Scout must use the new requirements. Here’s the scoop:

Where can I find the new Boy Scout requirements?

The BSA has made it easy for you, providing this printable Handbook insert and this PDF. (Here is the Spanish version.)
Want a side-by-side comparison of old vs. new? That’s here.

When do my Scouts start using these new Boy Scout requirements?

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, all Boy Scouts must use the current requirements regardless of rank.
For those who are curious, here’s a look back at how Boy Scouts transitioned from the old to the new requirements. It was a very transparent, Scouter-friendly process.

What are the big changes?

Click each of these below to take a closer look:

Leader Training Opportunities in April

Course: Scoutmaster Position Specific Training (S24)
Who should take: Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, or anyone working directly with youth in a Boy Scout troop.
The course will provide Scoutmasters with the basic information and tools they need to lead successful Boy Scout troops.
Date: Saturday, April 9 2016, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Location TBD, Likely St. Ann’s, 180 Samuel Blvd, Coppell TX 75019
Registration fee: $20 (includes lunch)
More Information: Pete Parish, 972-814-9502,

Course: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (S11)
Who should take: Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, or anyone working directly with youth in a Boy Scout troop.
Working as patrols, this hands-on course provides adult leaders the practical outdoor skills they need to lead Scouts in the out-of-doors. Upon completion, leaders should feel comfortable teaching Scouts the basic skills required to obtain the First Class rank.
Date: Saturday, April 23 through Sunday, April 24, 2016
Location: Camp Wisdom,
Registration fee: $15 (price does NOT include cost of food while camping)
More Information: Terry Smith, 214-636-9268,

Both courses are required to considered “trained” as a Scoutmaster / Assistant Scoutmaster.
You are strongly encouraged to take both courses together in the same cycle.

Registration for both courses will be through the Circle Ten CampMaster.