2010 Rank Requirement Changes

Effective on January 1, 2010, the centennial edition of the Boy Scout Handbook will come with several rank requirement changes.  Below are the changes according to the National Scout Boy Scouts of America Website:


  • 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.

Second Class

  • 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.

First Class

  • 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.

Source: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/2010RankUpdates.aspx

eTrailToEagle will be updated with these new rank requirements on January 1, 2010.

Changes to Duty to God Requirements

Back in 2006, the LDS Church changed the requirements slightly for the Duty to God program.  We detail each change here.   You can also click here to see our original posting about this subject.

Double check that you are using the most recent pamphlet.  You can compare your pamphlet with the one online at LDS.org.

One of the most notable changes was Family Activities #3 in the Teachers pamphlet.  They removed it.  It originally stated:

3. Discuss with your parents the purpose of a patriarchal blessing. When you feel ready, talk to your parents about obtaining your patriarchal blessings.

This was removed and now there are only 8 requirements in the Family Activities section for the Teachers.