Life rank

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Boy Scout Life rank requirement resources include the Life rank Worksheet, Adobe Acrobat PDF Merit Badge Workbooks,
and important Boy Scout topics including Active, Scout Spirit, Scoutmaster Conference, and Board of Review.

Life Rank

 
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The advancement program for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts is symbolized by the earning of seven badges, six of which are considered ranks. The program is often considered to be divided into two phases.

The second phase of Star, Life, and Eagle is designed to develop leadership skills and allow the Scout to explore potential vocations and avocations through the merit badge program. The Star and Life ranks require that the Scout serve in a position of responsibility and perform community service. All ranks (as well as Eagle Palms) require that the Scout participate in a Scoutmaster conference and pass a Board of Review.

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Life rank requirements

  1. Be active in your unit (and patrol if you are in one) for at least six months as a Star Scout.
  2. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Earn five more merit badges (so that you have 11 in all), including any three more from the required list for Eagle.
    ___________________________________ (required for Eagle)*
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    * Note: A Scout may choose any of the 17 merit badges required for the Eagle Scout rank in the 13 categories to fulfill requirement 3 (above). E.g., earning both Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving is perfectly acceptable here.
  4. While a Star Scout, take part in service projects totaling at least six hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster.
  5. While a Star Scout, serve actively in your unit for six months in one or more of the positions of responsibility listed in requirement 5 for Star Scout (or carry out a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project to help the troop).
  6. While a Star Scout, use the EDGE method to teach another Scout (preferably younger than you) the skills from ONE of the following seven choices, so that he is prepared to pass those requirements to his unit leader's satisfaction.
  1. Second Class – 7a and 7c (first aid)
  2. Second Class – 1a (outdoor skills)
  3. Second Class – 3c, 3d, 3e, and 3f (cooking/camping)
  4. First Class – 8a, 8b, 8c, and 8d (first aid)
  5. First Class – 1, 7a, and 7b (outdoor skills)
  6. First Class – 4a, 4b, and 4d (cooking/camping)
  7. Three requirements from one of the required for Eagle merit badges, as approved by your unit leader.
  1. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  2. Complete your board of review.
    The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
    Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Life rank is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Life rank requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
2010 Life Badge.
2010 Life Badge.

Requirement resources

1: What does Active really mean? (it's not what you think!)
2: What does Scout Spirit really mean? (It's not what you do in your troop!)
3: Merit Badge Worksheets and Resources
4: Service Projects
5: What does active in a Position of Responsibility mean? - Note: Assistant Patrol Leader is not one of the Positions of Responsibility.
6: EDGE Method
7: Scoutmaster Conference - Explains that you don't "pass" a Scoutmaster Conference and how to appeal.
8: Board of Review - What can they ask? How long can it be? Is the uniform really required? How do you appeal?

See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal

External links

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