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,
– 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
Learn the Requirements
You can work on scout skills in a lot of places.
– At home, using your scout handbook or the
– 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:
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
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
The Eagle Rank is the highest rank a Boy Scout can
You must complete 21 merit badges, including 12
You must complete an Eagle leadership service project,
which must be approved in advance by a council
You must complete leadership in the troop, as well as
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
Eagles may earn Palms, based on participation and
Do Your Best
Like everything you do in Scouting, do
Enjoy yourself – Learn these skills well!!
When you learn skills, help other scouts to
learn them. Teaching helps both them