As of January 1, 2016, new Boy Scout requirements are now in effect. Here's a brief overview of the big changes:
- increased number of camping nights required
- increased amount of service hours required (service is now part of each rank)
- emphasis on physical fitness has increased
- Scout rank is now required
- At each Scoutmaster conference, scouts are required to "Tell how you have done your Duty to God." (It's important to note: this is not "discuss, show, prove or demonstrate")
BSA is giving members the option to purchase a new handbook, or to print out the inserts on the following link and secure them into your existing handbook.
Scouts who are working on the Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class ranks MAY continue to follow the old requirements, but MUST convert to the current requirements upon attaining First Class.
Scouts who have completed the First Class rank MAY complete the rank they are currently working on in the old requirements, but MUST convert to the current requirements for subsequent ranks.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, all Scouts MUST use the new requirements regardless of rank.
Much more information can be found at http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/programupdates.aspx
Four merit badge sessions are planned: 1/26, 2/23, 3/29 and 4/26. Please be sure to keep up with any assigned requirements and homework.
On Sunday February 14th, the St. John Fisher Church will be celebrating Scout Sunday at the 8:30 Mass.
The celebration of Scout Sunday at the Catholic Church has been confirmed for February 14, 2016 at the 8:30AM mass. Scouts are asked to attend in Class A uniform and should arrive at 8:15. We will have a section reserved for us to sit as a group. We will need a few volunteers to bring up the gifts. If anyone is interested reading, that can be available if set up in advance, otherwise the regularly scheduled reader will do it.
We will have a coffee hour downstairs after the Mass for anyone who wants to attend. If you would like to put something on display, that is allowed.
Watch this space for information on the Scout Sunday date for Marlborough Congregational Church. A scout is reverent!
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