Working on Rank Requirements-
All Scouts must work on their current rank requirements as found in the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook.
If you are new or a Scout, you may also work on Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class rank requirements.
If you are a Tenderfoot, you may work on Second Class and First Class rank requirements.
If you are Second Class, you may work on First Class rank requirements.
If you are First Class, you can only work on Star rank requirements.
If you are Star rank, you can only work on Life rank requirements (Special note: You cannot work on any part of your Eagle Project as a Star rank- (planning, fundraising, designs, etc.). If you do so you will be disqualified from being able to have that idea as your Eagle Project).
If you are Life rank, you only work on Eagle rank requirements.
You cannot skip ranks. If you complete all of your First Class requirements at the rank of Scout you still have to complete Tenderfoot and Second Class before you go for First Class. Everything must be completed in order.
Note: You can and should be working on Merit Badges as you work on all of your rank requirements. This will help you as you work towards Star, Life and Eagle.
Rank Requirement Sign-Off Policy-
The Scoutmasters have the following policy on who can who can sign off on a scout's rank requirements. The ability to do so is an honor and privilege that should not be taken lightly.
The policy has been updated to better ensure timely sign-offs when requirements have been met. Siblings and parents MUST NOT sign off on rank requirements.
Who can sign off on a scouts rank requirements: Updated May 2023
-SENIOR PATROL LEADER
-ADULT EAGLE SCOUT or former SCOUTMASTER
What is expected of the reviewer:
Ensure that the scout has a good understanding and knowledge of the policy or principle they are seeking for signature (ie. leave no trace, native animals/plants).
Ensure that the scout has demonstrated the skill and knowledge to complete a task-related requirement (ie. knots, first aid, etc.)
If a scout is struggling provide positive re-enforcement, use the EDGE method where applicable, and take extra time to work through the issue or task.
If the scout completes the task then sign off. If they are still struggling have them work on it until the next troop meeting.
Earning a Rank-
After the scout has completed all the rank requirements for a rank, he or she needs to meet with the Scoutmaster for the Scoutmaster Conference.
After that the scout needs to meet with a Board of Review. These can be completed at a Troop Meeting. Ask at least two adults in uniform plus one other adult to conduct your Board of Review.
When you have successfully completed the BOR, you must show your rank sheets to Mr. Bazinet so the information can be logged in your official BSA record.
You can show him in person or UPLOAD photos of the pages to your rank on Scoutbook.
"Becoming an Eagle" tab will walk you through the process and provide you with all the necessary forms and contact information you will need to start and finish the Eagle rank.
Note to Scouts: Do not just 'sign off'- first make sure the scout has fulfilled the requirement. You worked for your rank make sure the scouts do the same. It is an opportunity for you to make a difference in their lives.
The task before you is not as great as the power within you.
Boy Scout Ranks
Scouts work at their own pace to show skills through Merit Badges and Rank Advancement.
Ranks are at the back of the Boy Scout handbook and refer to pages throughout the handbook for the specific skills.
The ranks are Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle.There is lots of guidance through adults and older boys within the troop, but it is up to the boy to work through these ranks at his own pace.
Achieving First Class is a milestone for the boys because many High Adventure trips, among other things, require a rank of First Class.
Troop 67 provides a great opportunity for the boys to progress through the many requirements for the early ranks leading up to First Class through the New Scout Transition Program.
Boys will work with the New Scout Leadership at Mondays' scout meetings and during Resident Camp at JN Webster to learn these advancement skills.
These specific ranks do not require merit badges, so the focus is on more general and basic boy scout skills.
These requirements can be worked on in any order and as they are completed, the counselor will sign off on them in the scout's handbook.
It is important to keep track of the handbook as this is the only record for the scout to prove he has completed these requirements(needed for the Eagle application).
Some parents make photocopies of these important pages that are signed off in the handbook prior to those events where the book may become lost, such as summer camp.
When a scout has completed all the requirements for a particular rank, he will notify the scoutmaster and request a scoutmaster conference.
This is a one on one meeting with the scoutmaster to review how the scout is doing. It is a fabulous opportunity for the scout to ask questions and is a nice way for the scoutmaster to get to know the boy more personally.
They will likely review the progress the scout is making and has made on the rank achievements.
Following the Scoutmaster conference for any rank, the scout will appear before a Board of Review.
This is a meeting with several troop adults who will also review the boy's completion of his requirements, ask the scout questions about things he's done or looking ahead to do, and also ask him to perform some tasks such as tying a knot.
The ranks after First Class have more of a merit badge focus. The requirements ask for a certain number of merit badges, some leadership, and some service.
You might think of rank advancements in relation to the Cub Scout ranks of Bear, Wolf, etc. except in Boy Scouts the rank does not come with age, but with completing the requirements.
The scout will receive recognition of any rank advancement and a patch for his shirt during a troop meeting or the next Troop Court of Honor.
Troop Elections & Positions of Responsibility-
Certain ranks require the Scout actively hold a leadership position in the Troop.
Position responsibilities are in the Troop Leadership Positions document.
Troop Leadership Position elections are in March and September.
Mr. Todd B.
Advancement Chair - BSA Troop 67 Montville, CT