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06 Requirement Change

2006 Requirement Changes

Please review the new 2006 BSA Requirement Book.  There is a new requirement for the First Class rank

Effective January 1, 2006, an additional requirement has been added to the requirements for First Class rank in Boy Scouting.  Scouts beginning their First Class requirement work after this date must complete the new requirement.  Scouts working on First Class requirements prior to this date will have until June 30, 2006 to complete First Class rank without completing the new requirement.

The new requirement tests the candidate's persuasive communications skills and can help make Scouting available to more boys.  The requirement reads:  Tell someone who is eligible to join Boy Scouts, or an inactive Boy Scout, about your troop's activities.  Invite him to a troop outing, activity, service project, or meeting.  Tell him how to join, or encourage the inactive Boy Scout to become active.

All Scoutmasters were sent a DVD containing tools that young Scouts can use to assist them in completing this requirement, including a video that trains them how to speak to their friends about joining, and a video of Scout activity images they can share with someone interested in joining.  Also, Scouts can find support for the completion of this requirement on the National Boy Scout membership Website, www.theScoutZone.org.

Requirement changes have been made in other areas as well.  22 merit badges have been “revised” and another 6 merit badges have “minor updates”. The requirements for the new Composite Materials merit badge are featured.

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