Midyear 2007 Effective January 1, 2008 Advancement Requirement Changes
The US Scouting Service Project has pointed out the "Midyear 2007 � Effective January 1, 2008 Boy Scout Advancement Requirement Changes". These may not be reflecting the merit badge changes that may still appear in the 2008 Boy Scout Requirements (BSA Publication No. 33215) sometime soon in the future.
These changes reflect changes to the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class and a number of merit badges.
These changes can be found at:
Midyear 2007 - Effective January 1, 2008
When there is a conflict between two published lists of requirements, such as Boy Scout Requirements (BSA Publication No. 33215) and a Merit Badge Pamphlet, the requirements book should be considered to be the controlling document, until a newer edition of Boy Scout Requirements is issued.
BSA has been updating ALL of the merit badge pamphlets over the past few years. As of January 1, 2007, only 4 of the pamphlets have editions issued before January 1, 2000 and the requirements for only 8 merit badges have remained completely unchanged during that period. As new pamphlets are issued, when they contain new requirements, Scouts will have the option of starting with the new requirements as soon as the pamphlets are issued, or they may start work using the old requirements until the next edition of Boy Scout Requirements is issued.
BSA will NOT hold the publications of merit badge pamphlets until January each year. Instead, they will issue them as they are completed (and old stocks are exhausted, probably). Then in January, the requirements book will include all revisions to date.
Those Scouts working on any badges using the old requirements and who started before the new books were issued may complete the badge using the old requirements. Those starting work on the badge after the new books are issued, may use either the old or new requirements, at their option. For RANK requirement changes, Scouts must normally meet the CURRENT requirements when they are ready for their Board of Review, unless special rules apply (as was the case for the change in First Class requirements in 2006).
BSA has also announced that some changes to the rank requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class will be made on January 1, 2008, to add some additional requirements dealing with Youth Protection.
The following Merit Badges have had new merit badge pamphlets issued since the release of the 2007 edition of Boy Scout Requirements (33215), and have totally new or modified requirements listed in the new pamphlets. The requirements below will become official on January 1, 2008, but with their counselor's approval, Scouts may use these new requirements.
(Go to http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges08.asp for details of the advancement changes.)