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					Advancement
       Learn the Rank Structure
 There are seven ranks in Boy Scouts, including Scout,
  Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle
 Scout through First Class are skills-based
   – The Boy Scout Handbook lists all of the requirements
     needed to advance. It also provides guidance on
     developing these skills (e.g. it outlines information on
     first aid, food preparation, map and compass skills,
     etc.)
   – Go to www.usscouts.org for helpful tips on ranks.
   – The troop website has a link to an online video with
     help for scout rank advancement
   Star through Eagle are leadership-oriented
    Use Your Scout Handbook to
    Keep Track of Advancement
   As you learn and demonstrate scout skills, you get these
    requirements signed off at the back of the scout
    handbook. (Scout Rank requirements are at the front).
   Certain leadership scouts may sign these requirements
    off. First ask your Patrol Leader or another Patrol
    Leader. Troop Guides, the Assistant Senior Patrol
    Leader and the Senior Patrol Leader may sign these off.
    (Generally, “red shirts” may sign requirements off.)
   You can ask these people at scout meetings, outings or
    outside of meetings to help you get requirements signed
    off.
        Learn the Requirements
   You can work on scout skills in a lot of places.
     – At home, using your scout handbook or the
       computer.
     – At scout meetings.
     – At scout outings.
     – At summer camp.
     – At school.
     – With friends or on your own.
  What to Do When You Have
Completed All the Requirements
          for a Rank

 The last two requirements for all ranks
  (except Scout) are:
 Scoutmaster Conference
 Board of Review
        Contact the Scoutmaster
   When you have completed all the requirements and
    KNOW the skills and information, talk to the Scoutmaster
    and ask for a Scoutmaster’s Conference. This may be
    with the Scoutmaster or someone he chooses. Try to
    ask in person, or by telephone.
   You will meet with the Scoutmaster and he will ask you
    questions about the skills you have learned. He will
    likely check to see how you are doing and what you like
    about the troop, as well as if anything could be
    improved.
   When you have satisfied the Scoutmaster that you have
    mastered all the skills and accomplished the
    requirements, he will sign off your book.
    After the Scoutmaster Conference
       Comes the Board of Review
 When you are done with your Scoutmaster
  Conference, you will contact the advancement
  chair to schedule a Board of Review.
 For all ranks but Scout and Eagle, Boards of
  Review usually have three adults. The adults
  will ask questions about the skills and
  requirements you have accomplished to check to
  make sure you are ready for the advancement.
 As the ranks get higher, the Board of Review
  gets longer – usually from 15 to 30 minutes.
     After the Board of Review
 Once you have completed the
  requirements, had the Scoutmaster
  Conference and passed the Board of
  Review, you will get a badge for the rank
  you have earned.
 This is usually, but not always, handed out
  at a Court of Honor. The troop tries to
  get you your rank badge as soon as
  possible.
                     Eagle Rank
   The Eagle Rank is the highest rank a Boy Scout can
    earn.
   You must complete 21 merit badges, including 12
    required badges.
   You must complete an Eagle leadership service project,
    which must be approved in advance by a council
    representative.
   You must complete leadership in the troop, as well as
    other requirements.
   When you have completed all the requirements, had a
    Scoutmaster Conference BY AGE 18, and an Eagle
    Board of Review, you will have a special Eagle Court of
    Honor.
   Eagles may earn Palms, based on participation and
    service.
             Do Your Best

 Like everything you do in Scouting, do
  your best.
 Enjoy yourself – Learn these skills well!!
 When you learn skills, help other scouts to
  learn them. Teaching helps both them
  and you.

				
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