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2010 Rank Advancement Changes Aug 09


Boy Scout Advancement Tip
August 09 

A Preview of Advancement Changes

The centennial edition of the Boy Scout Handbook will be appearing on the shelves of your local Scout shop around August 1. With the new edition come a number of (relatively small) changes to rank requirements for Tenderfoot through Eagle. Here's a preview:


  • A Scout must teach another person how to tie a square knot using the EDGE model (explain, demonstrate, guide, and enable).
  • He must also be able to discuss four specific examples of how he lived the points of the Scout Law in his daily life.

Second Class

  • A Scout must discuss the principles of Leave No Trace and explain the factors to consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.
  • He must explain what respect is due the flag of the United States.
  • He must again discuss four examples of how he lived four different points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
  • He must earn an amount of money agreed upon by the Scout and his parents and save at least 50 percent of it.

First Class

  • An additional requirement to the 10 separate troop/patrol activities states he must demonstrate the principles of Leave No Trace on these outings.
  • He must discuss four more examples of how he lived the remaining four points of the Scout Law in his daily life.


  • A Scout must use the EDGE model to teach a younger Scout a specified skill.

Star, Life, and Eagle

  • Troop webmaster and Leave No Trace trainer are two new leadership positions.
The advancement changes take effect on January 1, 2010. However, a Scout who has begun work toward a rank under the current requirements may continue using those requirements
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 August 2009 11:49