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Revised Boy Scout Requirements

Second Class, First Class and Eagle Palm Revisions

These revisions return the number of overnight campouts to pre-2016 levels but preserve the amount of time spent outdoors. The change, the BSA says, maintains a focus on life-changing outdoors experiences while recognizing that not all outdoor activities need to include overnight camping.

What's the change?

Second Class Requirement 1a. stated: Since joining, participate in five separate troop/patrol activities, three of which include overnight camping. These five activities do not include troop or patrol meetings. On at least two of the three campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect (such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee). 1a. now states: Since joining Boy Scouts, participate in five separate troop/patrol activities, at least three of which must be held outdoors. Of the outdoor activities, at least two must include overnight camping. These activities do not include troop or patrol meetings. On campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect, such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee.

First Class Requirement 1a. stated: Since joining, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, six of which include overnight camping. These 10 activities do not include troop or patrol meetings. On at least five of the six campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect (such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee). 1a. now states: Since joining Boy Scouts, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, at least six of which must be held outdoors. Of the outdoor activities, at least three must include overnight camping. These activities do not include troop or patrol meetings. On campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect, such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee.

For additional information visit: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/07/11/revised-campout-requirements-aug-1-2017/.

Revision to Earning Eagle Palms

Beginning Aug. 1, 2017 all earned Eagle Palms are to be awarded instantly to new Eagle Scouts at their Eagle court of honorwith no waiting time. This abolishes the wait of months or years for these young men to receive all Eagle Palms available to them based on the number of Merit Badges earned at that point. This applies to all new Eagles whose BOR is after August 1,2017 and only the Palms for merit badges earned up to the date of the BOR. For merit badges earned after the BOR, the normal 3 months between Palms rule still applies. For additional information please visit:: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/07/10/changes-to-eagle-palms/.

There are 3 other related changes regarding Eagle Palms:

  • The three-month tenure requirement has been expanded to allow active participation in any BSA program - not just the troop and patrol. This recognizes that as some Scouts get older, their Scouting participation shifts to the Order of the Arrow, summer camp staff, or elsewhere.
  • The leadership requirement has been broadened to include "accepting responsibility" as well as "demonstrating leadership." This allows a new Eagle to take on roles of responsibility that aren't coupled with a Troop or Crew leadership position, and works along with the expanded rule about any BSA program.
  • The Eagle Palm board of review has been eliminated. Eagle Palms are not ranks, so the Eagle Palm board of review was seen as an unnecessary step. A unit leader conference is deemed to be sufficient and may be conducted at any time during the tenure requirement.

These changes are not retroactive. If you have additional questions contact your district advancement chair or Dave Arola at: darola@nsbsa.org.

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