Advancement Requirements

The 14th edition of the Scouts BSA Handbook includes changes to advancement requirements. For example, the number of overnight camping activities required for the First-Class rank was reduced from six to three, and for the Scout Rank, members are no longer required to demonstrate, but must discuss, pocketknife safety to satisfy the requirement. The text in the corresponding chapters of the handbook was not properly edited to reflect these changes and reflects the old requirements. It is important that troops utilize the requirements listed in the Rank Requirements section of the handbook (pages 441–454).

The correct requirements are as follows:

  • First Class (Requirement 1a)

1a. Since joining Scouts BSA, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, at least six of which must be held outdoors. Of the outdoor activities, at least three must include overnight camping. These activities do not include troop or patrol meetings. On campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect, such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee. (page 447)

  • Scout Rank (Requirement 5)

5. Tell what you need to know about pocketknife safety. (page 441)

The 2019 Scouts BSA Requirements book is available for purchase at your local Scout shopRequirements for BSA Lifeguard were omitted from this publication. Information regarding BSA Lifeguard, including requirements, may be found here.

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