Modifications to Scout Rank Advancement
Effective August 1st, 2022 changes to the Scouts BSA Advancement requirements include additional emphasis on Leave No Trace and outdoor ethics. To learn about these and to become proficient in your Leave No Trace skills to share with you units, attend the council Leave No Trace Training for adult leaders October 15-16th at Phillippo Scout Camp!
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In 2021, all outdoor-related rank advancement requirements were reviewed and realigned based on guidance from the National Outdoor Ethics and Conservation Subcommittee. These adjustments will help more effectively build a Scout’s outdoor ethics knowledge and align with the information in the Scouts BSA Handbook and Fieldbook. The requirements now build in a logical way through the ranks, with Leave No Trace (LNT) and the Outdoor Code (OC) used as references throughout.
Beginning August 1, 2022, these minor modifications to the Scouts BSA requirements for the ranks of Scout through Star will take effect. Scouts may continue using the existing requirements for the rank on which they are currently working, or they may choose to use the new requirements. Scouts must use the new requirements once they advance to their next rank. On January 1, 2023, all Scouts must use only the new requirements.
Specific modifications you want to prepare for include using a low impact method to build a fire and proper disposal of camp waste water.
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For questions on these or the October 15-16th Leave No Trace training contact Heidi Groven, Council Outdoor Ethics Advocate at [email protected]