scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: New Requirements
Paul S. Wolf (PaulWolf@CUYCTYENGINEERS.ORG
Tue Nov 09 1999 - 11:03:24 CST
Anthony Mako wrote:
> <Michelle Johnson wrote in part>
> Here's my question......I had a Mom in our troop ask me about the new
> Eagle requirements. It seems her son completed the Safety merit badge
> before the April changes. Now, Safety is not a required badge. She's
> wondering how this would be handled. Can this badge still be used
> toward Eagle, or is it now just an extra merit badge.
> Since her son didn't complete all of his Eagle requirements before
> April 1st, Safety MB can no longer be considered a required merit
> badge for Eagle.
> If he earned Safety as a required MB for Life, it still counts as
> required there, but won't count as required toward Eagle.
Everything Anthony said is correct EXCEPT the above statement, which is
wrong. A Scout advancing to Life after April 1, 1999, needs 7 merit
badges off of the CURRENT list of badges required for Eagle. There are
15 to choose from, but Safety and Sports are NOT among them. Safety and
Sports count only as ELECTIVE badges now for ALL rank advancements.
> <Michelle continued>
> Another way of asking this is, her son is a First Class rank now, he
> completed Safety because it was an Eagle requirement. Can he continue
> working from the old requirement book, or does he need to start
> working from the new one. At what point does the Scout switch from
> the old to new.
> No, he can't keep working off the old requirements. The transition
> period has already passed.
The basic rule is, ANYONE in the BSA programs advancing now must use the
current requirements. They need the following:
Required Elective Total
Star 4 2 6
Life 7 4 11
Eagle 12 9 21
The "Required" badges for Star and Life can include any of the
First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the
Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Personal
Fitness, Emergency Preparedness, Lifesaving, Environmental
Science, Personal Management, Swimming, Hiking, Cycling,
Camping, and Family Life
The Electives for Star and Life can include any of the merit badges
available that haven't been used as required badges. (including Safety,
Sports, or any additional ones off the above list beyond the number
listed as required for that rank)
The Required badges for Eagle, must include 12 of the 15 badges listed
above, including either Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving and either
Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling.
The Electives for Eagle can include any of the merit badges available
that haven't been used to meet the requirement in the preceding
The list of 21 MUST include all those earned for Star and Life.
BOTTOM LINE: As others have said, the Scout has earned an elective
merit badge. It counts as one of 2 needed for Star, one of 4 needed for
Life, and one of 9 needed for Eagle. And he has learned some important
safety issues by working on that badge.
BTW, make sure she also realizes that the requirements in the various
merit badge booklets may not be (and frequently aren't) the requirements
her son must use for those badges. He must use whatever requirements
are CURRENT when he starts the badge. Those appear in the current
edition of BOY SCOUT REQUIREMENTS, which is revised annually, and on the
web at http://www.usscouts.org/mb/
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org