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 sbiancamento denti 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