Additional 2009 Requirement Changes

Back in September, Scouting News brought to your attention numerous merit badge requirement changes that would take affect in 2009. Paul Wolf, over at the U.S. Scouting Service Project, brought to our attention a few additional requirement changes:

Archery Merit Badge
Removed “A FITA/NAA Olympic (outdoor) round and make a score of 80 points” from Requirement Number 5, Option A and Option B.

See the detailed changes for Archery Merit Badge at

Mile Swim
Requirement 4 was revised. The new requirement is: “Swim 1 mile over a measured course that has been approved by the trained instructor who will supervise the swim.”

The old requirement was “Swim 1 mile (1,600 meters) over an approved, measured course.”

Den Chief Service Award
Requirement number 10 was deleted, requirements 11 and 12 renumbered as 10 and 11.

The new requirements:
10. Meet as needed with the adult members of the den, pack, troop, team, or crew.
11. Complete FOUR of these projects:
c. Advance one rank.
h. Recommend to your Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Coach, or Venturing Adviser another Boy Scout ,Varsity Scout, or Venturer to be a den chief.

See the detailed changes for the Den Chief Service Award at

You can view a full comprehensive analysis of the 2009 requirement revisions at

All of the 2009 requirements can be be found in the 2009 Boy Scout Requirement Book (Stock Number 33216). This is a new stock number, and the book should now be available in Scout Shops and from the Supply Division. As of February 3rd, 2008 it is not yet available through

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Well the mile swim update is a bummer. It was hard enough to find a guy or two to row alongside in order to get the mile swim. Not a lot of people want to spend their morning supervising another swimming. Now it has to be a specific person? I guess the mile swim is going to become much more rare than it already was.

By Josh on February 4th, 2009 at 10:39 am


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