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  • Notes on Transitioning to the New Requirements in 2016 | En Español
  • 2016 Boy Scout requirements—parallel comparisonThe 2016 Boy Scout rank requirements are now available for viewing. This document gives a parallel comparison of existing requirements and requirements that will be effective Jan. 1, 2016.
  • 2016 Boy Scout requirements FAQs
  • Latest New Merit Badge News and Counselor Resources
  • Program Features for Troops, Teams, and CrewsThe new Program Features for Troops, Teams, and Crews replaces the Troop Program Features. Volume 1 (SKU 616351) is now available at Volume 2 (SKU 616352) will be available in early fall. Each volume will have 16 program features with a mix of topics: outdoor, sports, health and safety, citizenship and personal development, STEM, and arts and hobbies. Leaders and youth members can use these to plan exciting programs, help facilitate advancement and personal growth, and keep youth members engaged.
  • Troop Leader Guidebook, Volume 1This new resource, which replaces the Scoutmaster Handbook, gives new and relatively inexperienced troop leaders an introduction to the Boy Scout program. However, leaders of all experience levels will find this resource helpful. The Troop Leader Guidebook, volume 1 (SKU 616729) is available at The appendix in itself is a valuable collection of resources and is available to download here.
  • Roundtable Planning GuideThe new Roundtable Planning Guide is now available to help roundtable commissioners provide leaders with program ideas and information on policy and events, as well as training opportunities.
  • Guide to Advancement—New Edition Now AvailableThe 2015 edition of the Guide to Advancement is now available from A PDF also is available online.
  • Eagle Scout Service Project WorkbookThis resource for Eagle Scout candidates is available online. The workbook can be downloaded for PC or Mac users—just follow the download instructions.
  • New! Interactive Digital Merit Badge Pamphlets The Cooking, Robotics, Animation, and First Aid merit badge pamphlets are now available in a new and exciting interactive digital format. These electronic versions of the pamphlets can be downloaded to your tablet or smartphone. Experience cutting-edge technology such as video clips, quizzes, sound bites, and other supplemental information. Additional titles will continue to be added. For a current list of interactive digital merit badge pamphlets, go to