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Rank Advancement


The scout program is based on rank advancement. Every scout entering the troop comes in without rank and will need to work with the Scoutmaster to earn the rank of Scout.

The ranks of Tenderfoot , Second Class, and First Class follow; these ranks will help the scout learn basic scout skills. Scouts work with the Troop Guide and his patrol to earn Tenderfoot rank. The following guidelines apply for each of these ranks and are the responsibility of the scout:

1. Bring your scout handbook to all meetings and outings (Be Prepared).
2. Participate in activities where rank requirement(s) is taught.
3. Review rank requirement(s) with any scout of First Class rank or higher who will test and sign-off in your handbook.
4. Once all requirements for the new rank are signed off, contact the Scoutmaster to arrange your Scoutmaster Conference (Call him - - do not email). The Scoutmaster will review your knowledge and discuss your progress and goals with you.
5. Contact the Troop Advancement Chair to schedule your Board of Review (Call him - - do not email) where three members of the Troop Committee will ask you questions about your participation in the troop and ask for feedback about the troop.
6. You earn your new rank on completion of the Board of Review; the Scoutmaster will announce your achievement at either the next regular troop meeting or Court of Honor.

The ranks of Star and above require the scout to dedicate himself to complete merit badges, to take part in service projects, and to actively participate in the Troop Leadership Council (TLC). The following guidelines apply and are the responsibility of the scout:

1. Regularly attend troop meetings (refer to Being Active in the Troop) and mentor younger scouts.
2. Work on and complete required merit badges.
3. Actively participate on service projects (refer to Being Active in the Troop).
4. Serve in a leadership position, actively attending TLC meetings and fulfilling the duties of your elected position. You will be assigned a mentor who will help you set goals, provide feedback on your progress, and answer questions. At the end of your term in position, you will arrange a meeting with your mentor to discuss your progress towards your agreed upon goals; your mentor will need to sign-off on your leadership requirement.
5. Verify rank requirements by requesting a Scout History Report from the Advancement Chair.
6. Contact the Scoutmaster to arrange your Scoutmaster Conference (Call him - - do not email) where he will review all your requirements, sign them off as well as discuss your progress and goals.
7. Contact the Troop Advancement Chair to schedule your Board of Review (Call him - - do not email) where three members of the Troop Committee will ask you questions about your participation in the troop and ask for feedback about the troop.
8. You earn your new rank on completion of the Board of Review; the Scoutmaster will announce your achievement at either the next regular troop meeting or Court of Honor.

Attaining the Rank of Eagle. The rank of Eagle will require the scout to plan, develop, and lead a service project while working with an Eagle Project Coach. Please refer to the The Eagles' Nest page for more details and information on planning your Eagle project.

Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review. These meetings can be done at any time throughout the scout year. Schedule these once you have met the above guidelines. Plan ahead ... do not wait until the last minute before an upcoming Court of Honor.

Advancement Requirements by Rank (click a rank to view):
View Tenderfoot Requirements View Second Class Requirements View First Class Requirements View Star Requirements View Life Requirements View Eagle Requirements View Eagle Palms Requirements

Alternative requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class for Scouts with disabilities

2012 Rank Requirement Changes
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