RANK ADVANCEMENT REQUIREMENTS

The Boy Scout Ranks are as follows (in order).

  1. Scout
  2. Tenderfoot
  3. Second Class
  4. First Class
  5. Star
  6. Life
  7. Eagle

Troop 27 requires each boy to have their rank advancement signed off in their own Boy Scout Handbook - which they should bring to each and every scouting event - meetings, daytime outings, merit badge classes, campouts, summer camps, etc. When the boy feels they have completed a particular item (such as tying the square knot - item 6 below), they ask the Scoutmaster or one of the Assistants (see adult leaders) to initial that rank requirement in their Boy Scout Handbook. Referring to the Eleventh Edition Handbook, for the Scout rank, the sign offs are done on page 4 - for all other ranks, sign offs begin on page 438. Once a requirement is signed off, the scout should show their book to the Advancement Chair to have rank requirements completed logged into the computer tracking system. The end result is a double-check tracking system - the handbook and the software.

Scout

  1. Meet age requirements: Be a boy who has completed the fifth grade and be at least 10 years old, or be 11 years old, or have earned the Arrow of Light Award and be at least 10 years old, and be under 18 years old.
  2. Complete a Boy Scout Youth Application and BSA Health Form. Any of the Troop 27 adult leaders have copies of the BSA Youth Application (which is a multi-part carbon paper type form) - or you can print and fill out one from the web-link above, then copy it. When you view the Health Form, you will see it has three parts A, B, & C. Parts A & C are needed to complete this Scout Rank. B - which is the Doctor examination form - is necessary for longer Troop activities. The Troop will make scouts aware of these B level forms when a longer trip approaches.
  3. Find a Scout troop near your home.
  4. Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance
  5. Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake
  6. Demonstrate tying the Square Knot (a joining knot)
  7. Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath or Promise, Scout Law, motto, and slogan, and the Outdoor Code.
    Scout Oath, Motto, Law & Slogan and Outdoor Code
  8. Describe the Scout badge
  9. Complete the Pamphlet Exercises. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet “How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide”. This pamphlet should have been glued into the front cover of the Boy Scout Handbook when you purchased it. If it is not, of you cannot find it, you can view / and/or print it here Protect Your Children Handbook.
  10. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference. Turn in your Boy Scout application and health history form signed by your parent or guardian, then participate in a Scoutmaster conference.


Tenderfoot

NOTE: These requirements may be worked on simultaneously with those for the Second Class Rank and First Class Rank; however these ranks must be earned in sequence.

  1. Present yourself to your leader, properly dressed, before going on an overnight camping trip. Show the camping gear you will use. Show the right way to pack and carry it.
  2. Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch.
  3. On the campout, assist in preparing and cooking one of your patrol's meals. Tell why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together.
  4. a. Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
    b. Demonstrate you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.
  5. Explain the rules of safe hiking, both on the highway and cross-country, during the day and at night. Explain what to do if you are lost.
  6. Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the American flag.
  7. Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan.
  8. Know your patrol name, give the patrol yell, and describe your patrol flag.
  9. Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Describe what a bully is and how you should respond to one.
  10. a. Record your best in the following tests:
    • Push-ups
    • Pull-ups
    • Sit-ups
    • Standing long jump
    • 1/4 mile walk/run
      b. Show improvement in the activities listed in requirement 10a after practicing for 30 days.
  11. Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them.
  12. a. Demonstrate how to care for someone who is choking.
    b. Show first aid for the following:
    • Simple cuts and scratches
    • Blisters on the hand and foot
    • Minor burns or scalds (first degree)
    • Bites and stings of insects and ticks
    • Poisonous snakebite
    • Nosebleed
    • Frostbite and
    • sunburn
  13. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath ( or Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  14. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  15. Complete your board of review.

Second Class


NOTE: These requirements may be worked on simultaneously with those for the Tenderfoot Rank and First Class Rank; however these ranks must be earned in sequence.

  1. a. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.
    b. Using a compass and a map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leaders and your parent or guardian.*
  2. a. Since joining, have participated in five separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), two of which included camping overnight.
    b. On one of these campouts, select your patrol site and sleep in a tent that you pitched.
    c. On one campout, demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should be used.
    d. Use the tools listed in requirement 2c to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire.
    e. Discuss when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire and a lightweight stove. Discuss the safety procedures for using both.
    f. Demonstrate how to light a fire and a lightweight stove.
    g. On one campout, plan and cook over an open fire one hot breakfast or lunch for yourself, selecting foods from the food pyramid. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.
  3. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or troop activity.
  4. Participate in an approved (minimum of one hour) service project.
  5. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community.
  6. a. Show what to do for “hurry” cases of stopped breathing, serious bleeding, and internal poisoning.
    b. Prepare a personal first aid kit to take with you on a hike.
    c. Demonstrate first aid for the following:
    • Object in the eye
    • Bite of a suspected rabid animal
    • Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fishhook
    • Serious burns (second degree)
    • Heat exhaustion
    • Shock
    • Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation
  7. a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
    b. Demonstrate your ability to jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
    c. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.
  8. Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family.
  9. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath ( or Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  10. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  11. Complete your board of review.

* If you use a wheelchair or crutches, or if it is difficult for you to get around, you may substitute “trip” for “hike” in requirement 1b.

NOTE: Alternate Requirements for the Second Class rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed in the Boy Scout Requirements book. (No. 33215F).

First Class

NOTE: These requirements, and those for Tenderfoot Rank and Second Class Rank may be worked on simultaneously; however these ranks must be earned in sequence.

  1. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.
  2. Using a compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.)
  3. Since joining, have participated in ten separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), three of which included camping overnight.
  4. a. Help plan a patrol menu for one campout that includes at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner and that requires cooking at least two meals. Tell how the menu includes the foods from the food pyramid and meets nutritional needs.
    b. Using the menu planned in requirement 4a, make a list showing the cost and food amounts needed to feed three or more boys and secure the ingredients.
    c. Tell which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to cook and serve these meals.
    d. Explain the procedures to follow in the safe handling and storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and other perishable food products. Tell how to properly dispose of camp garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish.
    e. On one campout, serve as your patrol's cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in requirement 4a. Lead your patrol in saying grace at the meals and supervise cleanup.
  5. Visit and discuss with a selected individual approved by your leader (elected official, judge, attorney, civil servant, principal, teacher) your constitutional rights and obligations as a U.S. citizen.
  6. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of native plants found in your community.
  7. a. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings
    b. Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch and their use in square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together.
    c. Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.
  8. a. Demonstrate tying the bowline knot and describe several ways it can be used.
    b. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle. and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.
    c. Show how to transport by yourself, and with one other person, a person from a smoke-filled room with a sprained ankle, for at least 25 yards.
    d. Tell the five most common signs of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  9. a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
    b. Successfully complete the BSA Swimmer Test being classified a “swimmer”.
    c. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
  10. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath ( or Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  11. Tell someone who is eligible to join Boy Scouts, or an inactive Boy Scout, about your troop's activities. Invite him to a troop outing, activity, service project or meeting. Tell him how to join, or encourage the inactive Boy Scout to become active.
  12. Describe the three things you should avoid doing related to use of the Internet. Describe a cyberbully and how you should respond to one.
  13. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  14. Complete your board of review.

NOTE: Alternate Requirements for the First Class rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed in the Boy Scout Requirements book. (No. 33216)

Star

  1. Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 4 months as a First Class Scout.
  2. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Earn 6 merit badges, including 4 from the required list for Eagle.*
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)
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  4. While a First Class Scout, take part in service projects totaling at least 6 hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster.
  5. While a First Class Scout, serve actively 4 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project to help the troop):
Boy Scout Troop Varsity Scout Team Venturing Crew / Sea Scout Ship
Patrol leader Captain President
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Co-Captain Vice-President
Senior Patrol Leader Program Manager Secretary
Troop Guide Squad Leader Treasurer
Order of the Arrow Troop Representative Team Secretary Boatswain
Den Chief Order of the Arrow Team Representative Boatswain's Mate
Scribe Librarian Yeoman
Librarian Historian Purser
Historian Quartermaster Storekeeper
Quartermaster Chaplain Aide
Bugler Instructor
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Den Chief
Chaplain Aide
Instructor
  1. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  2. Complete your board of review.

*A Scout may choose any of the 15 required merit badges in the 12 categories to fulfill requirement 3.

Life

  1. Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 6 months as a Star Scout.
  2. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Earn 5 more merit badges (so that you have 11 in all), including any 3 more from the required list for Eagle.*
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)
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    ___________________________________
  4. While a Star Scout, take part in service projects totaling at least 6 hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster.
  5. While a Star Scout, serve actively 6 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. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  7. Complete your board of review.
    * A Scout may choose any of the 15 required Merit Badges in the 12 categories to fulfill requirement 3.

Eagle

  1. Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least six months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.
  2. Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life. List the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf, including parents/guardians, religious, educational, and employer references.
  3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following:
    a. First Aid
    b. Citizenship in the Community
    c. Citizenship in the Nation
    d. Citizenship in the World
    e. Communications
    f. Personal Fitness
    g. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving*
    h. Environmental Science
    i. Personal Management
    j. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling*
    k. Camping, and
    l. Family Life
    * You must choose only one merit badge listed in items g and j. If you have earned more than one of the badges listed in items g and j, choose one and list the remaining badges to make your total of 21.
  4. While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of 6 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility:
    • Boy Scout Troop. Patrol leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Order of the Arrow Troop Representative, Den Chief, Scribe, Librarian, Historian, Quartermaster, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Chaplain Aide, or Instructor. (Also, Venture Patrol Leader, as it can be found on the 2008 (and previous) Eagle Scout Rank Application.)
    • Varsity Scout Team. Captain, Co-captain, Program Manager, Squad Leader, Team Secretary, Order of the Arrow Team Representative, Librarian, Quartermaster, Chaplain Aide, Instructor, or Den Chief.
    • Venturing Crew/Ship. President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Boatswain, Boatswain's Mate, Yeoman, Purser, or Storekeeper. (Also, Historian, Quartermaster and Guide, as they can be found on the 2008 Eagle Scout Rank Application.)
  5. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project should benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) The project plan must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster and troop committee and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 18-927E, in meeting this requirement.
  6. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  7. Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.

OFFICIAL NOTES(part of the rank requirements)

  • AGE REQUIREMENT ELIGIBILITY. Merit badges, badges of rank, and Eagle Palms may be earned by a registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer. He may earn these awards until his 18th birthday. Any Venturer who achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop or Varsity Scout in a team may continue working for the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks and Eagle Palms while registered as a Venturer up to his 18th birthday. Scouts and Venturers who have completed all requirements prior to their 18th birthday may be reviewed within three months after that date with no explanation. Boards of Review conducted between three and six months after the candidate's 18th birthday must be preapproved by the local council. A statement by an adult explaining the reason for the delay must be attached to the Eagle Scout Rank Application when it is submitted to the Eagle Scout Service. The Boy Scout Division at the national office must be contacted for procedures to follow if a board of review is to be conducted more than six months after a candidate's 18th birthday.
  • If you have a permanent physical or mental disability, you may become an Eagle Scout by qualifying for as many required merit badges as you can and qualifying for alternative merit badges for the rest. If you seek to become an Eagle Scout under this procedure, you must submit a special application to your local council service center. Your application must be approved by your council advancement committee before you can work on alternative merit badges.

Main article: Eagle Scout Rank - Alternate Requirements

  • A Scout or Venturer with a disability may work toward rank advancement after he is 18 years of age. See Advancement Policies #33088 for details.
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