The new requirements focus more on teaching Scouts correct stroke mechanics while continuing to emphasize basic water skills. Previous requirements like snorkeling, competitive swimming and CPR (which Scouts learn more fully in other merit badges anyway) have been removed.
With the new requirements, the goal is to teach Scouts to swim with greater ease and efficiency, as well as keep them safe in and around the water.
Here is the handout from the April 3rd Gateway District Eagle’s Nest, for those who didn’t receive a copy.
Beginning January 1st, Cooking became an Eagle required merit badge and the requirements were updated/changed. Importantly, the merit badge does not have to be re-earned for Eagle and if started under the old requirements, can be completed using either old or new.
Sustainability became an Eagle required merit badge in tandem with Environmental Science. A scout must earn either one of the pair.
Please see this bulletin for more detailed information – Cooking and Sustainability.pdf
The results from the 2010 Baylor University study, Eagle Scouts – Merit Beyond the Badge, conducted by the university’s Program for Pro-Social Behavior under a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
Bryan on Scouting – analysis of Baylor University study
Spending just one week exposed only to natural light while camping in the Rocky Mountains was enough to synch the circadian clocks of eight people participating in a University of Colorado Boulder study with the timing of sunrise and sunset.
Read more here: Circadian Synch Study