Advice for Rank Advancement

The requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks may be worked on simultaneously, however these ranks must be earned in sequence. All rank advancements are achieved with the successful completion of a Scoutmaster conference and board of review.

Tenderfoot is the first rank to be achieved as a Boy Scout. Rank requirements include spending at least one night on a patrol or troop campout, prepare one of the meals, demonstrate knowledge of knots, explain rules of safe hiking, proper display of the American flag, memorization of the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan, and conduct basic first aid.

Second Class rank requirements consist mostly of outdoor and camping activities. Tasks include demonstrating use of a compass and map on a five-mile hike, camping skills, and participation in a flag ceremony for your school, religious affiliation, community, or troop activity, and additional first aid demonstrations.

The requirements for First Class include additional outdoor activites including at least ten separate troop/patrol activities (three of which include camping overnight), meet with civic leaders to discuss your constitutional rights and obligations as a U.S. citizen, identify native plants in your community, demonstrate comprehensive first aid, and successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.

Star Rank Requirements incorporate active participation in the troop and patrol for at least four months as a First Class Scout, the completion of six merit badges, including any four from the required list for Eagle. At least six hours of service project work and four months of actively serving the troop as Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, bugler, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, or instructor.

The last rank before Eagle is Life Scout. The Life Scout candidate must actively participate in the troop and patrol for at least four months as a Star Scout, earn five additional merit badges including any three more Eagle-required, accrue at least six hours of service project work, and serve actively for six months in one or more of the troop positions of responsibility.

Eagle Scout ranking may be earned until the scout's eighteenth birthday. The candidate must be active in the troop for at least six months after achieving the Life Scout rank, earn a total of twenty-one merit badges including the Eagle-required badges and serve actively for a period of six months as a Life Scout in one of the following capacities: patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, bugler, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, or instructor. While as a Life Scout, he must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a Council-approved service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or the community with the guidance of the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook (BSA publication number 18-927D).