As a new Scout, the ranks to focus on are Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class. These ranks are primarily designed to teach
the Scouts a baseline level of skills they need to be a Boy Scout. For example, first aid, fire skills, knife and ax skills, knot
tying, map and compass skills, etc. Once the Scouts reach First Class, they will start working on the final three ranks: Star, Life
and Eagle. These ranks require the Scouts to earn a number of required and optional merit badges, take on leadership positions within
the troop, and perform community service.
How does my Scout earn a new rank?
Once a Scout has completed all of the requirements necessary to earn a new rank, the Scout will need to request a meeting with the
Scoutmaster called a "Scoutmaster Conference". This meeting is an opportunity for the Scoutmaster to check in with your Scout to see
how he is doing overall. He will ask some of the skills the Scout has learned and discuss his activities in the troop. Once a Scout
completes a Scoutmaster Conference, he is ready to speak with the Troop Advancement Chair to schedule a Board of Review (BOR). For more
information, please contact our Troop Advancement Chair.
When do the Scouts get recognition for new ranks and for earning merit badges?
As each Scout earns a new rank, the Senior Patrol Leader will announce the Scout's achievement of the new rank at a troop meeting and will
present the Scout with the patch for that rank. Three times a year the troop holds a Court of Honor, where Scouts receive parent pins
for any ranks earned since the last Court of Honor and any merit badges and other awards they have earned.