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Rank Advancement

Scouting Ranks and Advancement The ranks of Scouting are as follows; 
Scout is the first rank a boy earns, generally, if the boy earned the Arrow of Light, he has fulfilled the requirements for Scout and may be awarded the rank after having a Scoutmaster Conference. 

Tenderfoot is the first step in learning the outdoor skills required for advancement. Scouts begin to learn basic scouting skills and start to explore the scouting method. After completing the requirements for Tenderfoot, the scout must schedule a Scoutmaster’s Conference and pass a Board of Review. 

Second Class is the next step in advancement. Scouts working on their Second Class rank learn more demanding outdoor skills, and start learning responsibilities especially on campouts where they are helping with cooking and setting up camp. When they have completed the requirements for Second Class, the scout must schedule a Scoutmaster’s Conference and pass a Board of Review. 

First Class is the last of the ranks requiring Scout outdoor skills for advancement. At this point a Scout should know all the basics needed to have a successful campout, and can now hold a Troop Office. When a scout has completed requirements for First Class, the scout must schedule a Scoutmaster’s Conference and pass a Board of Review. 

Star is the first rank that requires the scout to earn merit badges to advance in rank. A scout trying to attain the rank of star must also complete some service work and hold a troop office as well as other things. When a scout has completed all the requirements for Star Scout, he must schedule a Scoutmaster’s Conference and pass a Board of Review. 

Life also requires merit badges, service hours and holding a Troop office. Some of the merit badges required are required for the rank of eagle. Once a scout has finished the requirements for Life Scout, he must schedule a Scoutmaster’s Conference and pass a Board of Review.

Eagle is the highest rank in Boy Scouts. Only 2% of Scouts ever attain this rank. A Scoutmaster Conference is required to advance to any rank and is a meeting with the Scoutmaster to determine if the Scout knows the required material and is held when the Scout feels he is ready to advance to the next rank. If the Scoutmaster does not feel the scout is ready to advance to the next rank, he may delay the Scout’s Board of Review until a more appropriate time. All ranks except Scout require a Board of Review before the Scout can advance to that rank. A Troop Board of Review is a meeting between a Scout who, the Scoutmaster feels, is ready to advance to the next rank and at least 3 members of the Troop Committee. The purpose is to review the Scout’s advancement to this rank, determine the quality of the Scout’s Troop experience and encourage him to advance to the next rank. If the Board of Review does not feel the scout is ready to advance, they should communicate very clearly what he must do to successfully complete the requirements. Scouts completing requirements for Eagle Scout meet with a Razorback District Board of Review, after completing their Scoutmaster Conference.

The only way for a Scout to advance in rank is to have the requirements signed off in his Scout Handbook. Any Scout above the rank of First Class may sign off on a Scout of lower rank and Life and Eagle Scouts can sign off First Class and Star requirements. Adult leaders can also sign off the requirements in the Scout’s Handbook, Troop 450 recommends our older scouts take on a mentoring role and help the younger Scouts learn what is necessary and then test them to make sure they know the requirements. Scouts must bring their Scout Handbook and a notebook to meetings to track advancement to the next rank. Once a scout passes a Board of Review, they are considered to be their new rank,  at the Court of Honor (held every 6 months) we formally recognize Scouts rank advancement as well as merit badges earned, and any other achievements earned since the last Court of Honor.
Subpages (1): From Life to Eagle
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