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New Merit Badge – Citizenship in Society

BSA has approved a new merit badge, Citizenship in Society, that Scouts may earn in 2022 starting on 1/1/2022.

The goal of the Citizenship in Society merit badge is to help educate Scouts on what diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are; why they are important; and how to lead ethically and inclusively to contribute to the cultivation of an environment of belonging for all Scouts.  This merit badge is one of the educational and awareness initiatives the BSA is implementing to ensure every youth feels welcomed and wholly included, to achieve a sense of belonging with the Scouts, and to prepare them for success in our ever-evolving world.

This merit badge is unique in that it will involve a different experience for the Scout to earn it.  The merit badge has no pamphlet that provides the answers or information to meet each requirement.  Instead, it will require a Scout to do their own research and to dig as deeply and as detailed as the Scout desires.  Scouts should plan for multiple sessions over an extended period of time to complete this merit badge.

Anyone can find the most current requirements for this merit badge on this site and on the page “The Merit Badge Program”, then finding the “Requirements” section and clicking on the link.

The Citizenship in Society merit badge will become a required merit badge to earn the rank of Eagle starting on July 1, 2022.  The total minimum number of merit badges to earn the rank of Eagle remains as 21.

If a Scout completes all of the requirements for the rank of Eagle by June 30, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge is not a required merit badge.

The Citizenship in Society merit badge is a required merit badge for every Scout that completes one or more of the requirements for the rank of Eagle on July 1, 2022 and thereafter.

 

Continuing advancement with COVID-19.  BSA National has provided questions and answers regarding advancement changes temporarily approved to deal with closures, cancellations, or other issues caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Note: most of the temporary changes, supensions, and deferments have been removed as of March 1, 2022.  Click this link to view the Q and A’s {link}.  Updated 2/23/2022 – Note: the most recent updates are indicated by a diamond in front of the question.

 

 Updated Merit Badge Requirements.

Attention Scouts, unit leaders, and merit badge counselors.

At the start of every year, BSA National publishes updates to the requirements for selected merit badges.  The update of the requirements for a merit badge will include one or more of the following types of changes: 1) modification of a previously established requirement, 2) addition of a new requirement, 3) deletion of a previously established requirement, and/or 4) reordering of previously established requirements.

In 2022, BSA National has updated the requirements for the following eighteen (18) merit badges.  The updated requirements go into effect on 1/1/2022.

Archaeology                                               Lifesaving

Collections                                                  Motorboating

Digital Technology                                     Photography

Disability Awareness                                 Public Health

Electricity                                                     Rowing

Electronics

Fish and Wildlife Management                Sports

Fishing                                                         Theatre

Fly-Fishing                                                   Woodwork

Health Care Professions (was Medicine)

Any Scout starting any of these eighteen merit badges in 2022 must meet the new requirements.  Anyone can find the most current requirements for every merit badge, including the merit badges with updated requirements, on this site and on the page “The Merit Badge Program”, then finding the “Requirements” section and clicking on the link.

 

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

Attention Scouts and unit leaders.

The most current version of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook is dated January 2021.  Eagle Scout candidates must use the most current version of the workbook published by BSA National available at the time they begin development of their proposal.  Thus, all Eagle Scout candidates must use the version of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook dated January 2021.  Contact your District Advancement Committee if there are any questions.

Anyone can find the current version of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, dated January 2021 on this site and on the page “Information and Resources for Life to Eagle Advancement”, then finding the “Workbook and Application” section and clicking on the link.

 

Scoutbook, the BSA’s online tool for managing and tracking Scouting advancement, is now completely, totally, 100 percent free.

 

For more information click on this link.

The link for Scoutbook is here.

 

Eagle Project and Application Guide.  The Council Advancement Committee has created a guide to provide information to assist Scouts and adult leaders in the Susquehanna Council to properly complete an Eagle Scout service project and submit a complete packet for application for the rank of Eagle Scout.  The information is organized into six phases, with key points, steps, and notes provided for each phase.  It is intended to answer many frequently asked questions and preclude common mistakes.  It is available on the council’s advancement page: “Information and Resources for Life to Eagle Advancement” {click here}.