The National Council may establish a new date for when use of the existing requirements must cease.
Although BSA has previously announced plans to release a few more new merit badges in the coming years, including Multi-Media, Computer Aided Design, and Advanced Computing, no current schedule has been announced as to if or when those badges may be available.
Although there were no changes to the text of the requirements, the introductory note was revised, the note regarding Varsity Scouts was deleted, and a note regarding Alternative requirements was added.
If changes to merit badge requirements are introduced in a revised merit badge pamphlet after the January release of the book, then the Scout has until the following January 1 to decide what to do.
He may continue—or begin work—using the old merit badge requirements and the old pamphlet; or he may switch to—or begin work—using the new requirements and the new pamphlet.
A new edition of the was issued in February, 2016, containing the final, approved, requirements.