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New Cooking Merit Badge requirements

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.



Merit badge name change

moviemakingThe latest change to the merit badge system took place this week with a name change. The Cinematography merit badge will henceforth be known as Moviemaking.

The change was made to recognize the fact that cinematography is just one part, albeit an important one, in the process of making a movie. The badge covers the full range of cinematic expression, not just the camera and film part.

The requirements remain largely unchanged but have been updated slightly in light of the name change.

You can read more about the change here. Scouts wishing to earn the Moviemaking merit badge should follow the usual procedure – visit with the Scoutmaster to obtain a blue card and a referral to a counselor.

Philmont Trek Report

Philmont_Scout_Ranch_arrowheadTwo crews of Troop 407 Scouts and their adult advisors went on a life-changing summer trek through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico this summer. The two treks, 625E1 and 625E2, selected different itineraries (#23 and #19, respectively) to experience hiking and to participate in diverse activities. During their 12-day treks, the venture crews hiked 74 and 72 miles.

The groups of Scouts and their adult advisors carried on their backs everything they needed to survive during the trek while hiking from camp to camp. (more…)

Merit badge updates: Cycling, Sustainability, Programming, Game Design

Many new merit badges and updates to existing ones have been rolled out this summer. Here’s a synopsis:

  • The Cycling merit badge adds a mountain bike option. Here’s a story on the changes from Scouting Magazine.
  • The Sustainability merit badge became available at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree. Read the requirements and get ready to earn this new merit badge, which will become Eagle-required starting next year.
  • The Programming merit badge, a tech-focused merit badge for the 21st century, also was released at Jamboree. Here are the requirements.
  • Both traditional and video games are covered by the new Game Design merit badge released earlier this year. Here’s more information on this sure-to-be-popular badge.

Scouts wishing to explore these merit badges should follow the usual procedure by first talking with Mr. Heslop to obtain a blue card and a referral to a counselor. (more…)

New merit badge: Mining in Society

MiningA new merit badge, Mining in Society, is set for an early 2014 launch. Mining has been an important part of the United States since the 19th century. Today, the U.S. mining industry employes 3 million people, directly and indirectly, and is a major contributor to the global mining landscape. This merit badge is expected to cover the history of mining, explore the status of mining in the 21st century, and introduce Scouts to modern mining careers.

See our earlier article for other updates on current and upcoming merit badges.

Merit badge updates

Boy Scouts of America are planning several new merit badge offerings over the next couple years, as well as some updates to existing merit badges and rank requirements. Here’s a summary: (more…)

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