Advancement Process

Rank Advancement Information

The Boy Scout learns.
The Boy Scout is tested.
The Boy Scout is reviewed.
The Boy Scout is recognized.

**Notice**

Effective 9-1-11 Any scout seeking
rank advancement must have all dues, and credit accounts paid in full before
rank advancement can be awarded.

5 Steps to Troop 786 Rank Advancement

1. Meet all Rank Requirements (See ranks below)

2. Complete Scout Spirit – Self Evaluation

3. Complete Rank Advancement Form

4. Request & Complete a Scoutmaster Conference

5. Complete a Board of Review

Upon successfully completing the above, the Scout receives his new rank patch at the next Troop meeting, and is recognized again at the next Court of Honor ceremony. Your personal growth is the prime consideration and each scout progresses at his own rate. The requirements below must all be signed off in your Handbook by a Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster. See your Scout Handbook for details of each requirement.

 

Rank Requirements at a Glance:

Scout
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Scout Sign, Salute, Handshake
  • Tie a Square Knot
  • Understand Scout Oath, Law, Promise, and Motto
  • Review Child Protection Handbook with Parent
  • Scoutmaster Conference
Tenderfoot
  • Dress prepared for a Camping Trip
  • Camp and Pitch a Tent
  • Prepare for and Cook a Meal
  • Whip and Fuse a Rope
  • Tie a Clove Hitch and a Taught Line Hitch
  • Explain Hiking Rules
  • Demonstrate Flag Care
  • Understand Scouting Principles
  • Know Patrol Name and Yell, Describe Flag
  • Explain Buddy System
  • Complete Physical Fitness Test
  • Show Improvement in Physical Fitness
  • Identify Poisonous Plants
  • Describe Heimlich Maneuver
  • Show First Aid
  • Demonstrate Scout Spirit – Self Evaluation
  • Scoutmaster Conference
  • Board of Review
 
Second Class
  • Map and Compass Use
  • Map and Compass Hike
  • Activity Requirement
  • Select Camp Site
  • Use of Knife/Saw/Axe
  • Prepare Cook Fire
  • Fire and Stove Safety
  • Light Fire and Stove
  • Cook Over Wood Fire
  • Flag Ceremony
  • Service Project
  • Identify Wild Animals
  • Handle “Hurry” Cases
  • Make First Aid Kit
  • Show First Aid
  • Swimming Precautions
  • Demo Swimming Ability
  • Demo Water Rescue
  • Drug/Alcohol Program
  • Demonstrate Scout Spirit – Self Evaluation
  • Scoutmaster Conference
  • Board of Review
First Class
  • Find Way Without Compass
  • Orienteering Course
  • Activity Requirement
  • Plan Patrol Menu
  • Make Food List
  • Cooking Utensils/Gear
  • Safe Food Handling
  • Serve as Patrol Cook
  • Visit Civic Leader
  • Identify Native Plants
  • Discuss Lashings
  • Demonstrate Lashings
  • Make a Camp Gadget
  • Demo Rescue Knot
  • Demo Bandages
  • Moving the Injured
  • Heart Attacks/CPR
  • Safe Trip Afloat
  • BSA Swimmer Test
  • Demonstrate Scout Spirit – Self Evaluation
  • Scoutmaster Conference
  • Board of Review
Star
  • Be active in troop and patrol for 4 months as First Class Scout
  • Earn 6 merit badges
  • (4 must be Eagle required)
  • Take part in approved service project (6 hours)
  • Serve in position of responsibility (4 months)
  • Demonstrate Scout Spirit
  • Scoutmaster Conference
  • Board of Review
  • Demonstrate Scout Spirit – Self Evaluation
  • Scoutmaster Conference
  • Board of Review
Life
  • Be active in troop and patrol for 6 months as Star Scout
  • Earn 5 more merit badges
  • (3 must be Eagle required)
  • Take part in approved
  • service project (6 hours)
  • Serve in position of
    responsibility (6 months)
  • Demonstrate Scout Spirit – Self Evaluation
  • Scoutmaster Conference
  • Board of Review
Eagle
  • Be active in troop and patrol for 6 months as Life Scout
  • Earn total of 21 merit badges
  • (including 12 Eagle merit badges)
  • Serve in position of responsibility for 6 months
  • Plan, develop and give leadership to an Eagle Service Project
  • Demonstrate Scout Spirit – Self Evaluation
  • Scoutmaster Conference
  • Board of Review

 

Scout Spirit Forms  Download Scout Spirit – Self Evaluation Forms

For all Ranks, except Scout, there two types of forms to complete prior to requesting a Scoutmaster Conference: Scout Spirit Form and a Rank Advancement Form. Scout Spirit Forms help to establish how well a scout is living out the values of scouting as stated in the Scout Oath and Scout Law. The form is completed by each Scout.

 

Rank Advancement Form  Download Rank Advancement Form

In addition to the Spirit Forms, a Rank Advancement Form must also be completed prior to requesting a Scoutmaster Conference.

  • Fill out your Name, Rank, Troop Position and any Service Hours or Badges earned.
  • Present the form to the Troop Scoutmaster and the Treasurer/Committee Chairman for them to initial that your attendance and dues are up-to-date.
  • Schedule a Scoutmaster Conference with either the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster and place the date(s) at the bottom of the form.

Scoutmaster Conference

Now, just two things stand between you and you receiving a new rank at the next Court of Honor: a Scoutmaster Conference and a Board of Review. You are finally ready for your Scoutmaster Conference! At one of your scout meetings, find one of the Assistant Scoutmasters and ask them if they are able to do a Scoutmaster Conference with you. You may also schedule a conference through the web request form. “Be Prepared”, so bring your:

  • Scout Spirit Form
  • Rank Advancement Form
  • Scout Handbook & rope for knots (All Ranks)
  • Map & compass (All Ranks after Tenderfoot)
  • Blue cards for merit badges (All ranks after First Class)
  • Also, wear your Class A uniform with sash

A Scoutmaster Conference is really just a conversation between you and the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster.

  • The primary purpose is to evaluate your accomplishments, set new goals, make sure you are enjoying the troop, and to ensure that you are ready for your Board of Review, as well as discuss anything else you or your Scoutmaster want to talk about.
  • They usually occur when you are ready for rank advancement. However, they can occur whenever a discussion is necessary. This could be to discuss why you are not advancing or to discuss discipline problems.
  • For rank advancement, the Scoutmaster will complete a checklist during the conference to document you are ready for a Board of Review.

 

Board of Review

Now, you are finally ready for your Board of Review! Please contact the Rank Advancement Chairman either at your scout meeting, by e-mail or by phone and schedule a date for the Troop Committee to conduct your Board of Review.

Board of Reviews are done most meeting nights. (except for the second Monday of the month.) There are usually lots of requests for Board of Reviews shortly before an upcoming Court of Honor. It is always helpful to plan ahead and get your name on the schedule well in advance of the next Court of Honor. Again, to “Be Prepared”, bring your Rank Advancement Form, Scout Spirit Forms and the following:

  • Scout Spirit Form
  • Rank Advancement Form
  • Scout Handbook & rope for knots (All Ranks)
  • Map & compass (All Ranks after Tenderfoot)
  • Blue cards for merit badges (All ranks after First Class)
  • Class A uniform with sash

The Board of Review is more of an interview with three to four members of the Troop Committee to confirm you have learned and completed all the work for this rank.

Your first Board of Review (Tenderfoot) will only take about 30 minutes. The Board members ask questions, usually prepared in advance, about your experiences, attitudes, and relationship with scouting and the troop.

The Board of Review is not a test. It is a time to prove you are prepared to accept the challenges of a higher rank and encourage you to progress further. However, in the rare event that a Board of Review does not approve a Scout for the next rank, you will be told why and what you need to do before trying again.

The Board of Review is the last requirement for rank advancement. You will then be recognized at the next Troop meeting with your rank patch, and again in the next Court of Honor. Court of Honor is usually conducted 3-4 times a year. Parents and friends are invited to attend the ceremony.

 

Service Projects

To help foster a sense of personal responsibility and citizenship, as a Scout, you are required to participate in a service project approved by the Scoutmaster for the ranks of Second Class, Star, Life and Eagle.

  • For the Second Class rank, you must participate in a service project or projects approved by the Scoutmaster. The time of service must be a minimum of one hour. This project prepares you for the more involved service projects you must perform for the Star, Life and Eagle Scouts ranks.
  • Star and Life Ranks: For Star and Life ranks, you must perform six hours of service to others. This may be done as an individual project or as a member of a patrol or troop project. Star and Life service projects may be approved for Scouts assisting on Eagle service projects. Your Scoutmaster approves the project before you get started.
  • Eagle Scout Rank: you must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project for any religious institution, school,or your community while you are a Life Scout. The Eagle service project provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate the leadership skills you have learned in Scouting. You will plan the work, organize the personnel needed, and direct the project to its completion. This project is done outside the sphere of Scouting.
  • Before any Eagle service project is begun, you must have it approved by the district or council advancement chair and the recipient of
    the project.