Starting January 1, 2010 there will be new rank requirements to mark the 100th anniversary of the BSA. These are included in the new edition of the handbook. All scouts that go for a board of review after January 1st must have the new requirements completed. The changes are as follows:
- A Scout must teach another person how to tie a square knot using the EDGE model (explain, demonstrate, guide, and enable). He must also be able to discuss four specific examples of how he lived the points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
- A Scout must discuss the principles of Leave No Trace and explain the factors to consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.
- He must explain what respect is due the flag of the United States.
- He must again discuss four examples of how he lived four different points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
- He must earn an amount of money agreed upon by the Scout and his parents and save at least 50 percent of it.
- An additional requirement to the 10 separate troop/patrol activities states he must demonstrate the principles of Leave No Trace on these outings.
- He must discuss four more examples of how he lived the remaining four points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
- A Scout must use the EDGE model to teach a younger Scout a specified skill.
Star, Life, and Eagle
- Troop Webmaster and Leave No Trace trainer are two new leadership positions.
In addition, in contrast to previous practice, only adult leaders may sign off rank requirements.