Advancement changes for 2013

Next year there will be some changes with merit badges. The first is that the Cooking merit badge will be revamped and it will be required for Eagle starting Jan 1, 2014.

The second is the creation of a new Sustainability merit badge, which will be optional with Environmental Science for Eagle. The new badge talks about how to maintain our natural resources, such as <snark>moving traditional printing processes to digital</snark>.

For more info, see:

Some pamphlets online

Jim Lake sent me a note informing me that the National Camping School has some pamphlets available online as well as other PDF resources including various handbooks. Thank you Jim!

Be Prepared

Our hearts go to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The Scout motto ‘Be Prepared’ includes not only being prepared to handle anything that comes our way, but also to be prepared to render assistance to those who need it, even if they are thousands of miles away.

Please take the time to contribute something to help the relief efforts.

200 Signatures!

We now have 200 signatures on the petition for BSA to provide advancement materials online. We’ve made a lot of progress in a few short months.

Of course, we hope for the day we have 2000 signatures!

The way I think we will get there is to keep working on the wiki. I think if everyone researched one good link per week and added it to the wiki, it would soon be full of useful information that would draw in Scouters around the country.

So please pick your favorite merit badge and give a Scout some help with his merit badge!

Wiki progress

A contributor named Sgwerk has done a lot to get the requirements for a lot of badges listed. We also have some resources listed.

If you know of a good online resource to help Scouts learn about a badge topic, please sign up and contribute!