Frequently Asked Questions
New 2016 Boy Scout Requirements
|Q:||Where can I find information on the 2016 Boy Scout Requirements changes?|
|A:||The BSA's Program Updates page (www.scouting.org/programupdates) has information on the changes:|
|First Class Tread Lightly! Requirement|
|Q:||Tread Lightly! seems to focus on motorized activities. Is this age-appropriate for Scouts working on First Class (requirement 1b)?|
|A:||While Tread Lightly! promotes safe and responsible use of motorized and mechanized vehicles in the outdoors, it also provides educational material and guidance in other areas such as camping, hiking, geocaching, fishing, snow sports, mountain biking, and shooting sports. See www.treadlightly.org/education/learn/recreation-tips for more information. Introducing Tread Lightly! principles at this time will help to prepare a Scout for future outings where they might be needed. It should also be noted that Tread Lightly! is included in requirements for the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award and the Outdoor Ethics Action Award in all program areas from Cub Scouting through Venturing. See http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/awards.|
|Positions of Responsibility|
|Q:||The Leave No Trace trainer position is now called an outdoor ethics guide. Are there any specific requirements for a Scout to hold this new position of responsibility?|
|A:||Not yet, but they are in development and will be announced soon. The outdoor ethics guide becomes
effective as a position of responsibility on Jan. 1, 2016. The FAQs will be updated when the new
position description is released.
Expectations for youth serving as outdoor ethics guides will also be published in the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, as well as in updated printings of the Senior Patrol Leader Handbook, Patrol Leader Handbook, and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops.
Note that outdoor ethics guide is no longer a qualifying position for Venturers, as it is not an official leadership position in the Venturing or Sea Scouting programs.
|Q:||Suppose a Scout began his six-month term as Leave No Trace trainer on Sept. 1, 2015. How would he complete the last two months of his term?|
|A:||For September through December, he would be credited with Leave No Trace trainer as his position of responsibility. For the last two months, he would be credited as an outdoor ethics guide, and his obligation for this position of responsibility would be complete.|
Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards
|Q:||Requirement No. 5 for the Outdoor Ethics Awareness Awards and requirement 4 for the Boy Scout or Varsity Outdoor Ethics Action Award refer to a person "who has completed the BSA outdoor ethics orientation course ... " Is there an orientation course?|
|A:||The person who can facilitate the outdoor ethics activity or check the Action Award requirement is any person who is any of the following:
|Q:||Where can I get these awards?|
|Q:||The Action Award requires a Service Project. What kinds of things can I do.|
|Q:||Who "Signs Off" these awards|
|Q:||Where are the awards worn on the scout uniform?|
|Q:||Boy (or adult) earned the OE Action Award as Cub Scout (or Cub leader) before the award was retired, then joins Boy Scouts. Can the award (name tag) be worn on the Boy Scout uniform?|