The Cooking merit badge becomes required for Eagle starting January 1, 2014. The requirements are being revised effective January 1, 2015 but are available now, and the revised merit badge pamphlet is due out in early 2014.
- Scouts can complete the badge using the current requirements as long as they start prior to January 1, 2015, or they may use the new requirements. They must use all of the old, or all of the new, requirements. There’s no mixing-and-matching allowed.
- Starting January 1, 2015, Scouts beginning the Cooking merit badge must use the new requirements.
- Any Scout submitting an Eagle application after January 1, 2014 is required to have earned Cooking.
- Scouts who have already earned Cooking do not need to earn it again to meet the Eagle requirement.
Here is an article from Scouting Magazine listing the new requirements.