Boy Scout Advancement
Scout Badge – All Scouts when joining a troop must pass the joining requirements listed on page 4 of the Scout Handbook for the Scout Badge. Scouts who have just crossed over will recognize these requirements – they are very similar to the requirements for the Arrow of Light.
Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class. The first set of ranks - Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class - is designed to teach the camping, first aid, and safety skills needed to go camping to new Scouts. Some Scouts can do all of the requirements in less than a year, some will take longer. All Scouts go through the same advancement program no matter how old they are or when then join.
You may pass any of the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class at any time. For example, if you fulfill a First Class requirement before you are a Second Class Scout, you may check off the First Class requirement as completed. You may not receive a rank, however, until you have earned the one before it.
Rank requirements are signed off by your fellow Scouts. A Scout who is two ranks above the rank you are working on is allowed to sign off. For example, a First Class Scout (or above) can sign off on all Tenderfoot requirements.For an online primer to rank advancement, check out the National Council video primers at www.scouting.org. Click on any of the rank badges and then choose a requirement to see a short clip about the requirement.
Scoutmaster Conference – One requirement that Boy Scouts have for rank advancement is that whenever you complete the requirements for a rank you need to have a Scoutmaster Conference. At this meeting the Scoutmaster will review the requirements with you to make sure that they have been learned correctly, he will help you to set up the goals for the next advancement, and he will have you share your ideas about the troop (how its going from your viewpoint, what you would like the troop to do more of, problems you see occurring…)
Board of Review – All rank advancements, except for the Scout badge, require a Board of Review. The members of a Board of Review are adult leaders in the troop except for the Scoutmaster or any of his Assistant Scoutmasters. The main purpose of the Board of Review is not to retest the skills a Scout has learned, but to see what the Scout’s spirit is and how the troop is doing is helping the Scout along and meeting Boy Scout objectives.
Court of Honor –When you complete a rank advancement you will usually be given the badge at the next troop meeting. About three or four times a year, the troop will hold a special meeting called a Court of Honor. This is a formal ceremony to recognize you and your fellow Scouts for rank advancement and other Scouting achievements. This event is held with an audience of family, friends, chartered organization officials, and troop leaders.
The Path to Eagle –Once a Scout has reached First Class and learned the basic skills of Scouting, he is ready for the challenge of becoming an Eagle Scout. The Path to Eagle has three ranks, Star Scout, Life Scout, and Eagle Scout. Here the requirements for advancement consist of earning merit badges, doing service projects to help the community, showing that you can lead other Scouts as a patrol leader or some other leadership position, and demonstrating to others that you have Scout spirit.
Merit Badges – A merit badge is an invitation to explore an exciting subject. With more than a hundred to choose from, some merit badges encourage you to increase your skill in subjects you already like, while others challenge you to learn about new areas of knowledge. Many of the merit badges are designed to help you increase your ability to be of service to others, to take part in outdoor adventures, to better understand the environment, and to play a valuable role in your family and community. Earning a merit badge can even lead you toward a lifelong hobby or set you on the way to a rewarding career. See more information about merit badges on our Frequently Asked Question page. You can also visit the National Council website and check out their merit badge primer at www.scouting.org. (You will need Quicktime to run this.)
Other Awards –There are two other Scout awards that are usually of interest to new Scouts: The Totin’ Chip and the Firem'n Chit.
When a Scout demonstrates that he knows how to handle wood tools (knife, axe, saw) he may be granted totin’ rights. Until a Scout has earned his Totin’ Chit he is not allowed to carry a pocketknife. If a scout is found handling wood tools incorrectly, a corner of the Totin’ Chip card is often cut off. When all four corners are gone, so are the Scout’s totin’ rights.
The owner of a Firem'n Chit has demonstrated knowledge of safety rules in building, maintaining, and putting out camp and cooking fires. Until a Scout has earned his Firem'n Chit, he is not allowed to carry matches.
Scout's Guide to a Board of Review (BoR)
In order to advance along the ranks in Boy Scouts, each scout must participate in a Board of Review. This is a meeting with three members of the Troop Committee. For lower ranks, if there are not enough committee members available, troop parents can help out.
A scout should come to his Board of Review in full uniform, with his neckerchief and merit badge sash (for Star and Life), looking sharp. He should have his book with him. The review is NOT a test - the board will ask about the scout's experiences in the troop. It is basically a two way conversation, a time for the adults to get to know the scout, and for the scout to connect with some adults who are interested in him.
So, bring your book, dress well, and come ready to share your experiences and your opinions.
What in the Wide World of Boy Scouting
is a Blue Card?
The question often comes up as to who is holding merit badge blue cards for merit badges started at summer camp or merit badge university, or troop-run merit badge classes.
For merit badges being worked on individually with a merit badge counselor, it is usual for the MB counselor to hold the card until the scout is finished with the badge. Once the badge is done, the counselor signs the card, keeps his portion and gives the remaining 2/3 card to the scout. It is then the scout's responsibility to get the card signed by the scoutmaster and then turn it in. The scout may at that point keep the portion of the card that is the scout's record.
All completed cards are kept in the scout's file.
What is Boy Scout Advancement?
|The Boy Scout advancement program is subtle. It places a series of challenges in front of a Scout in a manner that is fun and educational. As Scouts meet these challenges, they achieve the aims of Boy Scouting. The Scout advances and grows in the Boy Scout phase of the program in the same way a plant grows by receiving nourishment in the right environment. |
The job with adults concerned with advancement is to provide the right environment. One of the greatest needs of young men is confidence. There are three kinds of confidence that young men need: in themselves, in peers, and in leaders.
Educators and counselors agree that the best way to build confidence is through measurement. Self-confidence is developed by measuring up to a challenge or a standard. Peer confidence develops when the same measuring system is used for everyone -- when all must meet the same challenge to receive equal recognition. Confidence in leaders comes about when there is consistency in measuring -- when leaders use a single standard of fairness. No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to or subtract from any advancement requirement. A Boy Scout badge recognizes what a young man is able to do; it is not a reward for what he has done. Standards for joining a Boy Scout troop and for advancement are listed in the latest printing of the Boy Scout Handbook and in the current Boy Scout Requirements book. Advancement accommodates the three aims of Scouting: citizenship, growth in moral strength and character, and mental and physical development. The advancement program is designed to provide the Boy Scout with a chance to achieve the aims of Scouting. As a Scout advances, he is measured and grows in confidence and self-reliance
The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The Society was created by E. Urner Goodman, with the assistance of Carroll A. Edson, in 1915 as a means of reinforcing the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. It uses imagery commonly associated with American Indian cultures for its self-invented ceremonies. These ceremonies are usually for recognition of leadership qualities, camping skills, and other scouting ideals as exemplified by their elected peers.
Influenced by Scout camp customs, the OA uses "safeguarded" symbols, handshakes, and private rituals to impart a sense of community.
Inducted members, known as Arrowmen or Brothers, are organized into local youth-led lodges that harbor fellowship, promote camping, and render service to Boy Scout councils and their communities. Each lodge corresponds to a BSA council in the area. Lodges are further broken down into chapters, which correspond to a district in scouting. Members wear identifying insignia on their uniforms, most notably the OA pocket flap that represents their individual OA lodge and the OA sash worn at official OA functions. The OA program sponsors several events, awards, and training functions.
Order of the Arrow members of Troop 18 are members of Passaconnaway Lodge #220. Mr. A J Paige, is Troop 18 OA Advisor, managing all interactions between Troop 18 OA members, Monadnock District OA members, as our senior representative to the Passaconnaway Lodge #220 semi-annual convocations & business meetings.
One requirement that Boy Scouts have for rank advancement is that whenever you complete the requirements for a rank you need to have a Scoutmaster Conference. At this meeting the Scoutmaster will review the requirements with you to make sure that they have been learned correctly, he will help you to set up the goals for the next advancement, and he will have you share your ideas about the troop (how its going from your viewpoint, what you would like the troop to do more of, problems you see occurring…)
To request a Scoutmaster Conference, send an email to the Scoutmaster, Mr. Wright, or see him at any troop meeting. Generally, a conference will be held one week after the request is made. Early rank conferences may be done by some of the assistant scoutmasters.
Eagle Trail Overview
During your Scoutmaster Conference as you complete your Life Scout requirements you will discuss with the Scoutmaster your plans for the final, rugged path to Eagle. Achieving the Eagle rank will require that you use all the skills you have learned in your scouting career, particularly your leadership skills. Adults in the troop and outside the troop will be supportive of your efforts but becoming an Eagle Scout is up to you.
A good place to start is the Eagle Scout Resource Page on Daniel Webster Council website. There you can download a copy of an Eagle Project Workbook and an Eagle application.
You will also be asked to select an adult in the troop as your advisor. On the web you will also find a wealth of resources. Follow the links below:
NESA Trail to Eagle National Eagle Scout Association's guide for Eagle requirements.
EagleScout.org A comprehensive source on all requirements.
Eagle Scout Service Projects and Messengers of Peace
Any Scout or Scouter who participates in a service project—Eagle Scout, Quartermaster, and Venturing Summit Award service projects included—that has a significant impact on the community in any one of the following three dimensions may qualify as a “Messengers of Peace” and wear the Messengers of Peace ring patch available from Scout shops.
- The personal dimension: harmony, justice, and equality
- The community dimension: peace as opposed to hostility or violent conflict
- Relationships between humankind and its environment: security, social and economic welfare, and relationship with the environment
Since Eagle Scout service projects are conducted for religious institutions, schools, or the community—and would thus directly or indirectly impact one of the three dimensions—almost all Eagle projects would certainly qualify as Messengers of Peace projects. Thus, when reporting project hours through the Journey to Excellence service hours website, “Messengers of Peace” should be selected as one of the categories for the project description.
For more information about Messengers of Peace, please visit www.scouting.org/messengersofpeace.