Life rank

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On 01 Jan 2016, new requirements will go into effect. Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and adult Scouters associated with those groups should continue to use the current requirements until that time. After that point, transition will be according to the following schedule (all posted requirements and rules may be revised until Jan):
  1. Boys joining on or after  Jan. 1, 2016  MUST use the new requirements.
  2. Boys who have joined prior to Jan. 1, 2016:
    • Who are working on the Scout badge MAY continue to work on the existing requirements, but MUST convert to the new requirements upon completion of the Scout rank (it will be a true rank at that point).
    • Who are working on Tenderfoot through First Class MAY continue to work on the existing requirements, but MUST convert to the new requirements upon attaining First Class.
    • Who have completed First Class MAY complete the rank they are currently working on in the existing requirements, but then MUST convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.
  3. As of 01 Jan 2017, all Scouts MUST use the new requirements regardless of rank.
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.

Contents


Life rank requirements

2015 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.
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  1. While a Star Scout, take part in service projects totaling at least six hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  5. Successfully complete your board of review.****


* For Varsity Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "team" and "Scoutmaster" with "Varsity Scout Coach." For Venturers working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "crew" and "Scoutmaster" with "Crew Advisor." For Sea Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "ship" and "Scoutmaster" with "Skipper."
** A Scout may choose any of the 17 required merit badges in the 13 categories to fulfill requirement 3. See requirement 3 in the Eagle Scout rank requirements for a list of badges required for Eagle.
*** Assistant patrol leader is not an approved position of responsibility for the Life rank.
**** If the board of review does not approve the Scout’s advancement, the decision may be appealed in accordance with Guide to Advancement topic 8.0.4.0.

2016 requirements

  • coming soon


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 620714)

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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

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