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{{{imagesize}}} A detailed summary of the 2008 Boy Scout Requirement Changes are now on MeritBadgeDotOrg, including updated links for recently changed Eagle Scout Award-related forms. (Once announced, BSA Rank changes become effective immediately.)
For advancement information on all four scouting program phases (including Boy Scouting), see Advancement.
For rank requirements for only Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts, see Ranks.
Boy Scouting advancement diagram. Graphically displays Boy Scout Eagle trail.
Boy Scouting advancement diagram. Graphically displays Boy Scout Eagle trail.

Advancement for Boy Scouts (11 years and older and younger than 18) and who have received the Scout badge, follow a linear trail of ranks: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star Scout, and Life Scout ranks, and concludes with the Eagle Scout Award.

After earning the Eagle Scout Award, a Scout still has the opportunity for advancement recognition by earning Eagle Palms.

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Boy Scouting advancement

The Boy Scout advancement program is divided into three main areas. The first and primary advancement area is a series of Ranks that the Scout progresses through known as the Eagle Scout trail. The rank system occurs in two distinctly different phases.

After earning the Scout badge (which is simply the way boys join Boy Scouts, not a rank), boys work on the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. During this phase, all three ranks may be worked on at the same time. These ranks focus on Scouting skills - the outdoors, physical fitness, citizenship, patrol/troop participation, and personal development. After completing these ranks, a Scout should be adept at participating in all of the activities in the Boy Scout program, literally a First Class Scout.

During the second phase, Scouts work on the Star Scout, Life Scout, and Eagle Scout ranks. These ranks are worked on one at a time and must be earned in order. Here the focus of advancement switches from Scouting skills to personal development and community service. Merit badges are an integral part of this part or rank advancement.

After earning the Eagle Scout Award, a Scout still has the opportunity for advancement recognition by earning Eagle Palms.

Completion of requirements for advancement along the Eagle trail may be earned at any time, but ranks and palms are received in sequence and according to time and leadership requirements.

See also: Ranks

Scout badge

Main article: Scout Badge

Not a rank, the Scout badge sets forth the joining requirements for Boy Scouts.

Boy Scout lower ranks

These three ranks may be worked on simultaneously, however, they must be completed in order.

Tenderfoot

Main article: Tenderfoot

Overnight camping, knots, American flag, Scout ideals, physical fitness, and first aid requirements.

Second Class

Main article: Second Class

Orienteering; overnight camping and cooking; knife, saw and ax tools; flag ceremony; service; animal identification; first aid; swimming; and drug abuse dangers requirements.

First Class

Main article: First Class

Orienteering, patrol activities, overnight camping and cooking, U.S. rights and obligations, plant identification, knots and lashings, first aid and rescue, swimming and safety afloat, and joining invitation requirements.

Boy Scout higher ranks

See also: General Advancement Requirements for Star and Life ranks

Star Scout

Main article: Star Scout

Time, leadership, service, merit badges, and position of leadership requirements.

Life Scout

Main article: Life Scout

Time, leadership, service, merit badges, and position of leadership requirements.

Eagle Scout Award

Main article: Eagle Scout

Boy Scouting's highest award. Time, leadership, service, merit badges, position of leadership, and leadership service project requirements.

The Eagle Scout Award may be worn on a uniform of Venturers and Sea Scouts. The Star, Life and Eagle patch may be worn on the uniform of Venturers.

Eagle Palms

Main article: Eagle Palms

Recognition for further service, growth, and tenure.

Boy Scouting advancement for Varsity Scouts

The Varsity Scout advancement follows the same rank requirements to Eagle and Eagle Palms as those for Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouting advancement for Venturers and Sea Scouts

Any male Venturer or Sea Scout who has achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scouting in a troop or Varsity Scouting in a team may continue advancement toward the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks up to his 18th birthday.

See also: Venturing advancement
See also: Sea Scouting advancement

Source: Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, #33088B, revised 1999

See also

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