2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements
The requirements for all Boy Scout ranks changed on 1 January 2016.
A Scout registered in a troop (team, crew or ship) prior to 1 January 2016 may begin using the new requirements immediately, or he may continue using the old requirements with the following restrictions: 1) A Scout working on Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank in 2016 may use the old requirements until he achieves First Class rank. He must then switch to the new requirements for subsequent ranks. 2) A Scout working on Star, Life or Eagle rank in 2016 may complete the rank he is working on using the old requirements. He must then switch to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.
A Scout registering in a troop (team, crew or ship) for the first time on or after 1 January 2016 must use the new requirements.
Beginning on 1 January 2017, the new requirements must be used for all ranks. If a Scout has not finished a rank by this date, he does not have to start over. Following the principle of "Once it's earned, it's earned.", a completed and signed-off rank requirement can be transferred to the new requirements with the following restrictions: 1) The wording of the requirement has not changed. 2) The requirement was signed-off prior to 1 January 2017.
Some old requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks have been moved to become new requirements for a different rank. If such a requirement has been signed-off, moving it to a different rank does not change the fact that it has been earned. A Scout does not have to repeat it.
Rank Requirement Sign-Off Sheets
A new Boy Scout Handbook is being published, but a Scout does not have to buy it to use the new requirements. He may continue to use the 2015 Handbook as a reference. He does, however, need updated rank requirement sign-off sheets.
The National Council has produced two PDFs of the new sign-off sheets for a Scout to print out and use.
The first PDF, "2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements," is designed to print out one page per sheet of paper. Printing this PDF on 8.5"x11" paper produces an easy to read copy, best suited for a three-ring binder. The second PDF, "2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements - Printable Insert," is designed to be folded and stapled together to form a 5.5"x8.5" booklet, but requires double-sided printing. This booklet fits inside a Handbook, but it can be difficult to print correctly. Also, the staples must be centered on the fold, which is tricky to do with an average sized stapler.
A third PDF, "2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements - Simplified Insert," has been created as an alternative to the "Printable Insert" PDF. This third PDF is designed to print two pages per sheet of paper. The sheets are stapled together at one corner and can be folded in half to fit in a Handbook. This "Simplified Insert" is recommended for most Scouts since it does not require double-sided printing and is easy to staple together.
1) 2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements (PDF)
2) 2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements - Printable Insert (PDF)
3) 2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements - Simplified Insert (PDF) [Recommended]