The new 2015 Boy Scout Requirements booklet (#33216 - SKU# 620714) is now available for purchase from Scoutstuff.org, and should be in the Scout Shops soon.
The book contains the following new material:
- Requirements for the new merit badge which was issued in 2014 but was not in last year's book (Mining in Society)
Requirements for two new merit badges which should be available in the next month or two (Signs, Signals and Codes, and Animation)
Major Changes to four merit badges - 2 from last Spring (Swimming and Canoeing) plus 2 others (Insect Study and Whitewater)
Minor changes to 16 other merit badges - The vast majority of these are VERY MINOR, almost insignificant, changes.
Minor changes to the wording of rank requirements and some new footnotes for Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, (and as we discovered on 2/14/15 - Eagle - which was not identified in the list of changes) and Eagle Palms, and a small change to the Alternative Requirements procedure for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Ranks.
The Merit Badge Library listing on the inside back cover lists over 50 pamphlets with updated revision dates. Some, but not all, of those pamphlets are available, while many of those represent pamphlets that will be released some time during the year.
All of the changes have already been documented on the usscouts.org and the web pages on that site and on meritbadge.org have been revised. The workbooks on both sites have been updated, too.
The only exceptions are the 2 new merit badges (Signs Signals and Codes, and Animation). The requirements for those are in the new book, but there is still no firm date for the release of either badge, and Scouts CANNOT earn those badges yet. Signs Signals and Codes should be available by the end of February, and Animation should follow in either late March or early April.
My annual analysis, showing the exact changes to the wording of the requirements can be found at http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges15.asp