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Cooking, Sustainability Merit Badges to become Eagle-required

from Bryan on Scouting

Cooking Merit Badge

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, this badge will get a silver border.

Moms and dads, prepare the needle and thread!

Sustainability, a new merit badge, will join Environmental Science as an Eagle Scout option after its debut at the 2013 Jamboree.

Cooking, meanwhile, will become Eagle-required as of Jan. 1, 2014.

The total number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout Award will remain at 21. In other words, instead of 12 Eagle-required badges and 9 elective badges, a Scout must earn 13 Eagle-required and 8 elective badges.

Why the change? The goal is to "reflect a better balance of the needs of youth and our nation today and in the future," according to the BSA's resolution. Personally, I like it. Keeping up with the ever-changing world means questioning the way things have always been done.

Sustainability becomes more important as our population increases while resources decrease. And a boy who reaches Eagle without skills in cooking and healthy eating habits hasn't become fully "Prepared. For Life." in my opinion. I think the BSA's board got it right on here.

What do you think?

For the list of Eagle-required merit badges as it looks now — and as it will look in 2014 — follow the jump. Read more of this post.

On November 1, further information will released regarding this change including a general outline of what will be requirements in the Sustainability when it is released next summer during the National Jamboree. Click here to learn more.

Posted October 17, 2012.