These requirements became effective on January 1, 2016.
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Transition rules for the Star, Life, and Eagle ranks:
- For 2016:
- Boys joining on or after Jan. 1, 2016, MUST use the new requirements.
- Boys who have completed First Class MAY complete the rank they are currently working on using the previous requirements, but then MUST convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.
- After 2016:
- All Scouts MUST use the new requirements for all ranks.
- Be active in your troop for at least six months as a Star Scout.
- As a Star Scout, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived the Scout Law in your everyday life.
- Earn five more merit badges (so that you have 11 in all), including
any three additional badges from the
required list for Eagle. You may
choose any of the 17 merit badges on the required list for Eagle to fulfill
this requirement. See Eagle rank
requirement #3 for this list.
Name of Merit Badge Date Earned (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________ (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________ (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________ _________________________
- While a Star Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. At least 3 hours of this service must be conservation related.
- While a Star Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months
in one or more of the following positions of responsibility (or carry out
a unit leader-assigned leadership project to help the troop):
Boy Scout troop.
- Patrol leader,
- assistant senior patrol leader,
- senior patrol leader,
- troop guide,
- Order of the Arrow troop representative,
- den chief,
- junior assistant Scoutmaster,
- chaplain aide,
- webmaster, or
- outdoor ethics guide 7
Varsity Scout team.
- program manager,
- squad leader,
- team secretary,
- Order of the Arrow team representative,
- chaplain aide,
- den chief,
- webmaster, or
- outdoor ethics guide
Venturing crew / Sea Scout ship.
- vice president,
- den chief,
- boatswain's mate,
- storekeeper, or
Lone Scout.Leadership responsibility in your school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in your community.
- While a Star Scout, use the Teaching EDGE method to teach another Scout
(preferably younger than you) the skills from ONE of the following choices,
so that he is prepared to pass those requirements to his Scoutmaster's satisfaction.
- Tenderfoot - 4a and 4b (first aid)
- Second Class - 2b, 2c, and 2d (cooking/camping)
- Second Class - 3a and 3d(navigation)
- First Class - 3a, 3b, 3c, and 3d (tools)
- First Class - 4a and 4b (navigation)
- Second Class - 6a and 6b (first aid)
- First Class - 7a and 7b (first aid)
- Three requirements from one of the required Eagle merit badges, as approved by your Scoutmaster.
- While a Star Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference
- Successfully complete your board of review for the Life rank. 8
For Varsity Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace
"troop" with "team" and "Scoutmaster" with "Varsity Scout Coach."
For Venturers working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "crew" and "Scoutmaster" with "Crew Advisor."
For Sea Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "ship" and "Scoutmaster" with "Skipper."
7 Assistant patrol leader is not an approved position of responsibility for the Star, Life, or Eagle rank.
8 If the board of review does not approve the Scout’s advancement, the decision may be appealed in accordance with Guide to Advancement, topic 188.8.131.52.
NOTE: The footnote to Requirement 3 means that, for example, a Scout can use both Lifesaving AND Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science AND Sustainability, and/or Swimming, Hiking, AND Cycling toward the requirement of 3 more from the required list for Eagle when working toward Life Scout.) Also note that the asterisks are specifically placed on the lines marked "(Eagle required )" signifying that the note applies to these badges. The Guide to Advancement explicitly states this:
184.108.40.206 Earning Eagle-Required Merit Badges for Star or Life Rank
Candidates for Star or Life, in the selection of “any four” or “any three,” respectively, of the merit badges required for Eagle, may choose from all those listed, including where alternatives are available: Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving; Cycling OR Hiking OR Swimming; and Environmental Science OR Sustainability. For example, if a Scout earns Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming, all three of them count as Eagle required for Life rank. Only one, however, would serve toward the required merit badges for the Eagle Scout rank. The other two would count toward the optional merit badges required to make up the total of 21 merit badges.
Note that Star and Life requirements each allow two non-Eagle-required merit badges. It is the Scout’s decision, however, to earn more—or all—of his Star and Life badges from the Eagle-required list.
Also note that Requirement 8 - (Successfully complete your board of review for Life rank.) MAY be done AFTER the Scout has reached age 18. All other requirements must be completed BEFORE the Scout's 18th Birthday.
VENTURERS and SEA SCOUTS
The following additional requirements apply to boys registered in the Venturing Program or as Sea Scouts.
- Any male Venturer or Sea Scout who has achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop or Varsity Scout in a team may continue advancement toward Star, Life and Eagle Scout ranks up to his 18th birthday.
- He must meet the requirements as prescribed in the official Boy Scout Handbook and the current Boy Scout Requirements book.
- A board of review will be conducted by the crew or ship committee.