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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 2021, BSA National has updated the requirements for the following sixteen (16) merit badges.  The updated requirements go into effect on 1/1/2021.

Archaeology                                               Lifesaving

Collections                                                  Motorboating

Digital Technology                                     Photography

Disability Awareness                                 Public Health

Electricity                                                     Rowing

Fish and Wildlife Management                Sports

Fishing                                                         Theatre

Fly-Fishing                                                   Woodwork

 

Any Scout starting any of these sixteen merit badges in 2021 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.

BSA National has published a new version of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, 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, if they are beginning the development of their project proposal in January 2021.  For example, a Scout should use the January 2021 version if they have not yet received any approvals of their project proposal.  However, a Scout may continue to use the previous version (January 2019) if they have already received at least one of the four required approvals of their proposal.  Contact your District Advancement Committee if there are any questions.

Anyone can find the new 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.

Continuing advancement with COVID-19.  BSA National has provided questions and answers regarding advancement as we deal with closures, cancellations, or other issues caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Click this link to view the Q and A’s {link}.  Updated 1/14/2021 – Note: the most recent updates are indicated by a diamond in front of the question.

 

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}.