Effective January 1st, 2016 the requirements for ALL Ranks will change. 2016 will be a transition year. Here are the rules for transitioning:
Boys registered in a troop, team, crew, or ship on or prior to Dec. 31, 2015, may choose to switch to the new requirements on Jan. 1, 2016. For those who choose not to switch right away, here are the rules:
- Boys registered in a troop on or before Dec. 31, 2015, who are working on Tenderfoot through First Class ranks, may continue to use the old requirements through 2016, but they must convert to the new requirements upon attaining the First Class rank.
- Boys registered in a troop, team, crew, or ship on or before Dec. 31, 2015, who have completed the First Class rank may complete the rank they are currently working on with the old requirements
through 2016, but then must convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.
- Any boy registering in a troop for the first time on or after Jan. 1, 2016, must use the new requirements.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, new requirements must be used for all ranks earned.
The new requirements can be found HERE
There is also a FAQ HERE
There is also a new Scout Handbook coming out next year.