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:5. Option "A" – Using a Recurve Bow or Longbow
:5. Option "A" – Using a Recurve Bow or Longbow
::f. Do ONE of the following:
::f. Do ONE of the following:
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:::(2). Shooting 30 arrows in five-arrow ends at an 80-centimeter (32-inch) five-color target at <span style="color:green">15</span> <span style="color:red"><strike>10</strike></span> yards and using the 10 scoring regions, make a score of 150.
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:::(2). Shooting 30 arrows in five-arrow ends at an 80-centimeter (32-inch) five-color target at <span style="color:green">'''15'''</span> <span style="color:red"><strike>10</strike></span> yards and using the 10 scoring regions, make a score of 150.
:5. Option "B" &ndash; Using a Compound Bow
:5. Option "B" &ndash; Using a Compound Bow
::f. Do ONE of the following:
::f. Do ONE of the following:
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:::(2). Shooting 30 arrows in five-arrow ends at an 80-centimeter (32-inch) five-color target at <span style="color:green">15</span> <span style="color:red"><strike>10</strike></span> yards and using the 10 scoring regions, make a score of 170.
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:::(2). Shooting 30 arrows in five-arrow ends at an 80-centimeter (32-inch) five-color target at <span style="color:green">'''15'''</span> <span style="color:red"><strike>10</strike></span> yards and using the 10 scoring regions, make a score of 170.
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=====[[Astronomy]]=====
=====[[Astronomy]]=====
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The requirements for this badge were revised with the issuance of a new merit badge pamphlet.
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{{Quote-source|The requirements for this badge were revised with the issuance of a new merit badge pamphlet.
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Requirement 1 was reworded by splitting the sentences into items a, b, and c. A new requirement 3d was added. Requirement 5b was revised and new requirements 5c and 5d were added. Requirement 6 was deleted, and old requirements 7-10 renumbered as 6-9. The wording of requirement 6b (old 7b) was revised. The wording of the first sentence of requirement 7a (old 8a) was revised, and the second sentence moved to a new requirement 7b. Requirement 7b (old 8b) was renumbered as 7c. The wording of requirement 9 (old 10) was revised. The changes to the last requirement are not included in Boy Scout Requirements 2011, but do appear in the merit badge pamphlet. We assume that was an editorial error.
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Requirement 1 was reworded by splitting the sentences into items a, b, and c. A new requirement 3d was added. Requirement 5b was revised and new requirements 5c and 5d were added. Requirement 6 was deleted, and old requirements 7-10 renumbered as 6-9. The wording of requirement 6b (old 7b) was revised. The wording of the first sentence of requirement 7a (old 8a) was revised, and the second sentence moved to a new requirement 7b. Requirement 7b (old 8b) was renumbered as 7c. The wording of requirement 9 (old 10) was revised. '''The changes to the last requirement are ''<u>not</u>'' included in the 2011 Boy Scout Requirements, but do appear in the ''new'' merit badge pamphlet.''' ''We assume that was an editorial error.''|[[User:PaulSWolf|PaulSWolf]], [[Special:Listusers/sysop|Sysop]]}}
The '''''correct''''' requirements revisions are as follows:
The '''''correct''''' requirements revisions are as follows:
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::b. Tell how to safely observe the Sun, objects near the Sun, and the Moon.
::b. Tell how to safely observe the Sun, objects near the Sun, and the Moon.
::c. Explain first aid for injuries or illnesses, such as heat and cold reactions, dehydration, bites and stings, and damage to your eyes that could occur during observation.</span>
::c. Explain first aid for injuries or illnesses, such as heat and cold reactions, dehydration, bites and stings, and damage to your eyes that could occur during observation.</span>
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:2. ''(No change.)''
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:2. ''No change.''
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:3. ''(No changes to '''a''', '''b''', & '''c'''.)''
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:3. ''No changes to '''a''', '''b''', & '''c'''.''
::<span style="color:green">d. Describe the proper care and storage of telescopes and binoculars both at home and in the field.</span>
::<span style="color:green">d. Describe the proper care and storage of telescopes and binoculars both at home and in the field.</span>
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:4. ''(No change.)''
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:4. ''No change.''
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:5. ''(Some changes.)''
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:5. ''Some changes...''
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::a. ''(No change.)''
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::a. ''No change.''
::b. <span style="color:green">Using the Internet (with your parent's permission), books, and other resources, find</span> <span style="color:red"><strike>Find</strike></span> out when each of the five most visible planets that you identified in requirement 5a will be observable in the evening sky during the next 12 months, then compile this information in the form of a chart or table. <span style="color:red"><strike>Update your chart monthly to show whether each planet will be visible during the early morning or in the evening sky.</strike></span>
::b. <span style="color:green">Using the Internet (with your parent's permission), books, and other resources, find</span> <span style="color:red"><strike>Find</strike></span> out when each of the five most visible planets that you identified in requirement 5a will be observable in the evening sky during the next 12 months, then compile this information in the form of a chart or table. <span style="color:red"><strike>Update your chart monthly to show whether each planet will be visible during the early morning or in the evening sky.</strike></span>
::<span style="color:green">c. Describe the motion of the planets across the sky.</span>
::<span style="color:green">c. Describe the motion of the planets across the sky.</span>
::<span style="color:green">d. Observe a planet and describe what you saw.</span>
::<span style="color:green">d. Observe a planet and describe what you saw.</span>
:<span style="color:red"><strike>6. At approximately weekly intervals, sketch the position of Venus, Mars or Jupiter in relation to the stars. Do this for at least four weeks and at the same time of night. On your sketch, record the date and time next to the planet's position. Use your sketch to explain how planets move.</strike></span>
:<span style="color:red"><strike>6. At approximately weekly intervals, sketch the position of Venus, Mars or Jupiter in relation to the stars. Do this for at least four weeks and at the same time of night. On your sketch, record the date and time next to the planet's position. Use your sketch to explain how planets move.</strike></span>
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:6. <span style="color:red"><strike>7.</strike></span> Do the following:
:6. <span style="color:red"><strike>7.</strike></span> Do the following:
::a. Sketch the face of the Moon and indicate at least five seas and five craters. Label these landmarks.
::a. Sketch the face of the Moon and indicate at least five seas and five craters. Label these landmarks.
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::e. Personally take a series of photographs or digital images of the movement of the Moon, a planet, an asteroid <span style="color:red"><strike>or meteoroid</strike></span> , meteor, or a comet. In your visual display, label each image and include the date and time it was taken. Show all positions on a star chart or map. Show your display at school or at a troop meeting. Explain the changes you observed.
::e. Personally take a series of photographs or digital images of the movement of the Moon, a planet, an asteroid <span style="color:red"><strike>or meteoroid</strike></span> , meteor, or a comet. In your visual display, label each image and include the date and time it was taken. Show all positions on a star chart or map. Show your display at school or at a troop meeting. Explain the changes you observed.
:9. <span style="color:red"><strike>10. List at least</strike></span> <span style="color:green">Find out about</span> three different career opportunities in astronomy. <span style="color:red"><strike>Pick the one you in which are most interested and explain how to prepare for such a career. Discuss with your counselor what courses might be useful for such a career</strike></span> <span style="color:green">Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you</span>.
:9. <span style="color:red"><strike>10. List at least</strike></span> <span style="color:green">Find out about</span> three different career opportunities in astronomy. <span style="color:red"><strike>Pick the one you in which are most interested and explain how to prepare for such a career. Discuss with your counselor what courses might be useful for such a career</strike></span> <span style="color:green">Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you</span>.
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=====[[Horsemanship]]=====
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The requirements were substantially rewritten and rearranged. In the merit badge pamphlet, the word ''"leading"'' in requirement 3 was omitted, apparently, in error. The changes to the requirements are as follows:
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:1. Do the following:
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::a. Describe the safety precautions you should take when handling and caring for a horse.
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::<span style="color:green">'''b. Describe the fire safety precautions you should take in a barn and around horses.'''</span>
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::<span style="color:red"><strike>b. Explain and demonstrate how to approach and lead a horse safely from a stall, corral, or field and how to tie the horse securely.</strike></span>
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::<span style="color:red"><strike>c. Demonstrate how to safely mount and ride a horse and how to safely dismount the horse after your ride.</strike></span>
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:2. Name 15 main parts of a horse.
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:3. Name four ''leading'' breeds of horses. Explain the special features for which each breed is known.
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:4. <span style="color:green">'''Describe the symptoms of colic. Name and describe four other horse health problems.'''</span> <span style="color:red"><strike>Show how to care for a Western and English saddle and bridle. Name 10 parts of the saddle and bridle that you will use.</strike></span>
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:5. <span style="color:green">'''Explain what conformation is and why it is important. Explain the difference between lameness and unsoundness.'''</span> <span style="color:red"><strike>Show how to groom, pick out hooves, prepare a horse for a ride, and care for a horse after a ride.</strike></span>
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:6. <span style="color:green">'''Explain the importance of hoof care and why a horse might need to wear shoes.'''</span> <span style="color:red"><strike>Describe the symptoms of colic. Describe four other horse health problems.</strike></span>
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:7. <span style="color:green">'''Demonstrate how to groom a horse, including picking hooves and caring for a horse after a ride.'''</span> <span style="color:red"><strike>Name three main conformation faults of the feet and legs, and explain how to detect them. Explain the difference between lameness and unsoundness.</strike></span>
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:8. <span style="color:green">'''Explain how to determine what and how much to feed a horse and why the amount and kind of feed are changed according to the activity level and the breed of horse.'''</span> <span style="color:red"><strike>Explain how to trim and shoe a horse's foot and how to make adjustments according to its conformation, the season of the year, and the riding conditions.</strike></span>
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:9. <span style="color:green">'''Do the following:'''</span>
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::<span style="color:green">'''a. Name 10 parts of the saddle and bridle that you will use, and explain how to care for this equipment.'''</span>
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::<span style="color:green">'''b. Show how to properly saddle and bridle a horse.'''</span>
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::<span style="color:green">'''c. Demonstrate how to safely mount and dismount a horse.'''</span>
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:<span style="color:red"><strike>Demonstrate the correct way to feed a horse. Explain how you determined what and how much to feed the horse and why the amount and kind of feed will be changed according to activity level and the kind of horse it is.</strike></span>
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:10. <span style="color:green">'''Explain and demonstrate how to approach and lead a horse safely from a stall, corral, or field and how to tie the horse securely.'''</span> <span style="color:red"><strike>Show how to saddle and bridle a horse.</strike></span>
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:11. On level ground, continuously do the following movements <span style="color:green">'''after safely mounting the horse'''</span>. Do them correctly, at ease, and in harmony with the horse:
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::<span style="color:red"><strike>a. Mount the horse.</strike></span>
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::a. <span style="color:red"><strike>b.</strike></span> Walk the horse in a straight line for 60 feet.
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::b. <span style="color:red"><strike>c. Make</strike></span> <span style="color:green">'''Walk the horse in'''</span> a half circle of not more than 16 feet in radius.
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::c. <span style="color:red"><strike>d.</strike></span> Trot or jog <span style="color:green">'''the horse'''</span> in a straight line for <span style="color:red"><strike>at least</strike></span> 60 feet.
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::d. <span style="color:red"><strike>e. Make</strike></span> <span style="color:green">'''Trot or jog the horse in'''</span> a half circle of not more than 30 feet in radius <span style="color:red"><strike>at a jog or trot</strike></span>.
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::e. <span style="color:green">'''Lope (canter) the horse in a straight line for at least 60 feet.'''</span>
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::f. <span style="color:green">'''Lope (canter) the horse in a half-circle not more than 30 feet in radius.'''</span>
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::g. <span style="color:red"><strike>f.</strike></span> Halt straight.
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::h. <span style="color:red"><strike>g.</strike></span> Back up straight four paces.
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::i. <span style="color:red"><strike>h.</strike></span> Halt and dismount.
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2011 Boy Scout Requirements
2011 Boy Scout Requirements

The 2011 edition of Boy Scout Requirements (No. 33216 - SKU#34765) was released in mid-January, 2011. The 2011 Boy Scout Requirements book includes: a minor addition to Life rank requirement 4, a clarification to Eagle rank requirement 6, major revisions to three merit badges, minor changes to two merit badges, and the requirements for the three new merit badges (released in 2010).

Contents

2011 Boy Scout Requirements (Summary of changes)

Ranks

Life

An addition was made to requirement 6, by adding item (g) as a seventh option for Scouts teaching the EDGE method to another Scout. The change reads as follows:

6. While a Star Scout, use the EDGE method to teach a younger Scout the skills from ONE of the following seven six choices, so that he is prepared to pass those requirements to his unit leader's satisfaction.
g. Three requirements from one of the Eagle-required merit badges, as approved by your unit leader.

Eagle

BSA included a clarification of requirement 4, as follows:

The 2009 printing of the Boy Scout Handbook inadvertently included bugler as a position of responsibility under Eagle Scout requirement 4; it is not. The corrected Eagle Scout requirement 4 will appear in the next printing of the Boy Scout Handbook.

Merit Badges

New

The following Merit Badges (released in 2010) are now listed in the new (2011) "Boy Scout Requirements" book:

Revised

The requirements for the following Merit Badges were revised, effective January 1, 2011:

Archery

Minor changes were made to requirements 5(OPTION A)(f)(2) and 5(OPTION B)(f)(2). Only the changes are shown here:

5. Option "A" – Using a Recurve Bow or Longbow
f. Do ONE of the following:
(2). Shooting 30 arrows in five-arrow ends at an 80-centimeter (32-inch) five-color target at 15 10 yards and using the 10 scoring regions, make a score of 150.
5. Option "B" – Using a Compound Bow
f. Do ONE of the following:
(2). Shooting 30 arrows in five-arrow ends at an 80-centimeter (32-inch) five-color target at 15 10 yards and using the 10 scoring regions, make a score of 170.

Astronomy
The requirements for this badge were revised with the issuance of a new merit badge pamphlet.

Requirement 1 was reworded by splitting the sentences into items a, b, and c. A new requirement 3d was added. Requirement 5b was revised and new requirements 5c and 5d were added. Requirement 6 was deleted, and old requirements 7-10 renumbered as 6-9. The wording of requirement 6b (old 7b) was revised. The wording of the first sentence of requirement 7a (old 8a) was revised, and the second sentence moved to a new requirement 7b. Requirement 7b (old 8b) was renumbered as 7c. The wording of requirement 9 (old 10) was revised. The changes to the last requirement are not included in the 2011 Boy Scout Requirements, but do appear in the new merit badge pamphlet. We assume that was an editorial error.

PaulSWolf, Sysop

The correct requirements revisions are as follows:

1. Describe the proper clothing and other precautions for safely making observations at night and in cold weather. Tell how to safely observe the Sun, objects near the Sun, and the Moon. Explain first aid for injuries or illnesses, such as heat and cold reactions, dehydration, bites and stings, and damage to your eyes that could occur during observation. Do the following:
a. Describe the proper clothing and other precautions for safely making observations at night and in cold weather.
b. Tell how to safely observe the Sun, objects near the Sun, and the Moon.
c. Explain first aid for injuries or illnesses, such as heat and cold reactions, dehydration, bites and stings, and damage to your eyes that could occur during observation.
2. No change.
3. No changes to a, b, & c.
d. Describe the proper care and storage of telescopes and binoculars both at home and in the field.
4. No change.
5. Some changes...
a. No change.
b. Using the Internet (with your parent's permission), books, and other resources, find Find out when each of the five most visible planets that you identified in requirement 5a will be observable in the evening sky during the next 12 months, then compile this information in the form of a chart or table. Update your chart monthly to show whether each planet will be visible during the early morning or in the evening sky.
c. Describe the motion of the planets across the sky.
d. Observe a planet and describe what you saw.
6. At approximately weekly intervals, sketch the position of Venus, Mars or Jupiter in relation to the stars. Do this for at least four weeks and at the same time of night. On your sketch, record the date and time next to the planet's position. Use your sketch to explain how planets move.
6. 7. Do the following:
a. Sketch the face of the Moon and indicate at least five seas and five craters. Label these landmarks.
b. Sketch the phase and the daily position of the Moon at the same hour and place, for a week four days in a row. Include landmarks on the horizon such as hills, trees, and buildings. Explain the changes you observe.
c. List the factors that keep the Moon in orbit around Earth.
d. With the aid of diagrams, explain the relative positions of the Sun, Earth, and the Moon at the times of lunar and solar eclipses, and at the times of new, first-quarter, full, and last-quarter phases of the Moon.
7. 8. Do the following:
a. Describe the composition of the Sun, its relationship to other stars, and some effects of its radiation on Earth's weather and communications. Define sunspots and describe some of the effects they may have on solar radiation.
b. Define sunspots and describe some of the effects they may have on solar radiation.
c. b. Identify at least one red star, one blue star, and one yellow star (other than the Sun). Explain the meaning of these colors.
8. 9. With your counselor's approval and guidance, do ONE of the following:
a. Visit a planetarium or astronomical observatory. Submit a written report, a scrapbook, or a video presentation afterward to your counselor that includes the following information:
  • Activities occurring there
  • Exhibits and displays you saw
  • Telescopes and instruments being used
  • Celestial objects you observed.
b. Plan and participate in a three-hour observation session that includes using binoculars or a telescope. List the celestial objects you want to observe, and find each on a star chart or in a guidebook. Prepare an observing log or notebook. Show your plan, charts, and log or notebook to your counselor before making your observations. Review your log or notebook with your counselor afterward.
c. Plan and host a star party for your Scout troop or other group such as your class at school. Use binoculars or a telescope to show and explain celestial objects to the group.
d. Help an astronomy club in your community hold a star party that is open to the public.
e. Personally take a series of photographs or digital images of the movement of the Moon, a planet, an asteroid or meteoroid , meteor, or a comet. In your visual display, label each image and include the date and time it was taken. Show all positions on a star chart or map. Show your display at school or at a troop meeting. Explain the changes you observed.
9. 10. List at least Find out about three different career opportunities in astronomy. Pick the one you in which are most interested and explain how to prepare for such a career. Discuss with your counselor what courses might be useful for such a career Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Horsemanship

The requirements were substantially rewritten and rearranged. In the merit badge pamphlet, the word "leading" in requirement 3 was omitted, apparently, in error. The changes to the requirements are as follows:

1. Do the following:
a. Describe the safety precautions you should take when handling and caring for a horse.
b. Describe the fire safety precautions you should take in a barn and around horses.
b. Explain and demonstrate how to approach and lead a horse safely from a stall, corral, or field and how to tie the horse securely.
c. Demonstrate how to safely mount and ride a horse and how to safely dismount the horse after your ride.
2. Name 15 main parts of a horse.
3. Name four leading breeds of horses. Explain the special features for which each breed is known.
4. Describe the symptoms of colic. Name and describe four other horse health problems. Show how to care for a Western and English saddle and bridle. Name 10 parts of the saddle and bridle that you will use.
5. Explain what conformation is and why it is important. Explain the difference between lameness and unsoundness. Show how to groom, pick out hooves, prepare a horse for a ride, and care for a horse after a ride.
6. Explain the importance of hoof care and why a horse might need to wear shoes. Describe the symptoms of colic. Describe four other horse health problems.
7. Demonstrate how to groom a horse, including picking hooves and caring for a horse after a ride. Name three main conformation faults of the feet and legs, and explain how to detect them. Explain the difference between lameness and unsoundness.
8. Explain how to determine what and how much to feed a horse and why the amount and kind of feed are changed according to the activity level and the breed of horse. Explain how to trim and shoe a horse's foot and how to make adjustments according to its conformation, the season of the year, and the riding conditions.
9. Do the following:
a. Name 10 parts of the saddle and bridle that you will use, and explain how to care for this equipment.
b. Show how to properly saddle and bridle a horse.
c. Demonstrate how to safely mount and dismount a horse.
Demonstrate the correct way to feed a horse. Explain how you determined what and how much to feed the horse and why the amount and kind of feed will be changed according to activity level and the kind of horse it is.
10. Explain and demonstrate how to approach and lead a horse safely from a stall, corral, or field and how to tie the horse securely. Show how to saddle and bridle a horse.
11. On level ground, continuously do the following movements after safely mounting the horse. Do them correctly, at ease, and in harmony with the horse:
a. Mount the horse.
a. b. Walk the horse in a straight line for 60 feet.
b. c. Make Walk the horse in a half circle of not more than 16 feet in radius.
c. d. Trot or jog the horse in a straight line for at least 60 feet.
d. e. Make Trot or jog the horse in a half circle of not more than 30 feet in radius at a jog or trot.
e. Lope (canter) the horse in a straight line for at least 60 feet.
f. Lope (canter) the horse in a half-circle not more than 30 feet in radius.
g. f. Halt straight.
h. g. Back up straight four paces.
i. h. Halt and dismount.

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Nuclear Science
Sports

Discontinued

The 2010 Historic (a.k.a. "Centennial") Merit Badges (Carpentry, Pathfinding, Tracking and Signaling) have been discontinued, effective December 31, 2010.

2010 Historic (a.k.a. "Centennial") Merit Badges "Data Entry" Deadline: With the deadline of December 31, 2010 for Scouts to earn the historical merit badges, the decision has been made to allow additional time thereafter for entering them into the ScoutNET system. The deadline for doing so has been set as March 31, 2011. This applies to those at the local council who enter advancement based on forms submitted, or unit management software file uploads provided. It also applies to unit advancement processors using Internet Advancement. The merit badges affected are: Carpentry, Pathfinding, Signaling, and Tracking. This is not intended as an extension of time to earn the badges; only as additional time for data entry. Troops can submit advancement reports for Historic Merit Badges earned by Scouts before 12/31/2010 through March 31, 2011. — Announcement from the National Council office.

Pending release

  • Robotics is scheduled to be released in April, 2011.

Merit Badge pamphlets

New

The following new Merit Badge pamphlets were released in 2010:

Revised

The following existing Merit Badge pamphlets were revised in 2010:

Boy Scout Requirements changes policy

The requirements for rank advancement, Eagle Palms, and merit badges are effective January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009. The requirements listed in this book [Boy Scout Requirements] are the official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America. However, the requirements on the following pages might not match those in the Boy Scout Handbook and the merit badge pamphlets, because this publication is updated only on an annual basis. These merit badge requirements also appear on the BSA's official Web site (http://www.scouting.org). The requirements posted on the Web site will coincide with this publication and will be updated at the same time, only on an annual basis.

If a Scout has already started working on a merit badge when a new edition for the pamphlet is introduced, he may continue to use the same merit badge pamphlet and fulfill the requirements therein to earn the badge. He need not start all over again with the new pamphlet and possibly revised requirements.

Boy Scout Requirements #33216, inside front cover

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