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GENERAL

Boy Scouts complete a set of requirements (refer to Scout Handbook for details) in order to advance through the ranks of:


2010ScoutBadge 2010Tenderfoot 2010SecondClass 2010FirstClass
 Scout     Tenderfoot   Second Class  First Class
2010Star 2010Life 2010Eagle  EaglePalms
         Star          Life        Eagle      Eagle Palms

The advancement process verifies and documents these tasks and requirements, tracking his advancement dates, night, miles, and service hours during his quest for Eagle.  Scouts seek guidance and assistance from other Scouts, ASM, and/or SM to complete each requirement.

According to BSA Advancement Policy #33088, p.25, “New Scouts should earn the First Class rank during their first year in the troop. By doing so, these new Scouts become net contributors to the troop and are able to care for themselves and others.”

The advancement process is outlined below:

Process

1. Complete Rank Advancement Requirements

When an advancement rank requirement is completed, the Scout asks an SM or ASM to sign and date the blank in their book. The Scout should be knowledgeable and proficient with the tasks/requirement.  For example, having just learned how to tie a knot is only the first step toward getting the task signed off.  The Scout must practice and when proficient demonstrate mastery to the SM or ASM.  When lower ranks are earned at Scout camps, the SM or ASM can sign off the forms after verification of mastery.

Please request legible signatures/initials/dates so the review boards and Scoutmasters have accurate information.  NO PARENTS OR SCOUTS ARE ALLOWED TO SIGN OR INITIAL SCOUT BOOKS.

2. Schedule a Scoutmaster Conference

When all of the requirements are completed and signed off for a specific Advancement Rank (Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, Life and Eagle) the Scout requests a Scoutmaster Conference from any uniformed and trained ASM or SM.  These typically can take ½ hour and the Scout should know the Scout Law and Oath, be in Class A uniform with their book, and complete the Scout Master Conference worksheet for the rank being earned.

ASMs and SM will conduct Scout Master Conferences for the ranks of Scout through 1st class.  The SM conducts all Scout Master Conferences for the ranks of Star to Eagle.

If the rank advancement is not for Eagle, then either the ASM or SM will conduct the conference. They will verify all initials in the Scout's book, Scout Master Conference worksheet and perform the conference

If the rank advancement is for Eagle, only the Scoutmaster will perform the conference. He will verify all initials in the Scout's book, advancement paperwork, review the Scout's Eagle Book and perform the conference. If there are questionable initials, the paperwork is not correctly filled out or not approved or the Scout fails to demonstrate Scout Spirit, they will have to reschedule another Scoutmaster Conference no sooner than 14 days.

If there are questionable initials, the paperwork is not correctly filled out or not approved or the Scout fails demonstrate Scout Spirit, they will have to reschedule another Scoutmaster Conference no sooner than 14 days.

3.  Schedule a Board of Review

When the Scout Master Conference is signed off and completed, the Scout locates and requests the Advancement Chair to set up a board of review with at least 3 adult Scouters (excludes assistant SM and SM. This review typically takes 15minutes to a ½ hour and is typically held on a monthly basis prior to the scout committee meeting.  Board of Reviews will not be scheduled unless a Scoutmaster conference has been held and the Scoutmaster has signed off on all necessary paperwork.

At the Board of Review, the Scout will present their Scout Book and advancement paperwork, will be in full Class A uniform including sash, say the Oath and Law. Then the Board of Review will begin. If the Scout has not met the requirements for the Board of Review, they will have to reschedule another Board of Review no sooner than 14 days. Board of Review members CAN NOT be parents of the Scouts being reviewed, Assistant Scoutmasters, or the Scoutmaster.

Note: Scoutmaster Conferences and Board of Reviews WILL NOT be held the same night for the Scout.

The Board of Review will ask questions of the Scout and if they meet the requirements, the Board of Review will sign the advancement form. The Board of Review will then present the advancement form to the Advancement Chairman and rank advancement will be awarded at the next Court of Honor.

Prior to the Eagle Board of Review, paperwork will be taken to the Scoutmaster and the Scout and the Scoutmaster will review the Scout’s paperwork and the Scoutmaster will sign or not sign the Eagle Application form.  Once the scoutmaster reviews and signs off the paperwork is sent to the district advancement chair for district review. Then the Board of Review is scheduled by the troop advancement chair with the district advancement chair. If the Board of Review is for Eagle and the Scout’s advancement is approved, the signed paperwork is delivered by the advancement chair or the chair’s designee to the appropriate district/counsel personnel.

How can a Scout prepare for his board of review?

  • memorize the Scout Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan
  • make sure your uniform is complete and up-to-date, for Troop 1074, this means wearing a complete uniform shirt with up-to-date badges, a neckerchief, having your shirt tucked in and buttoned up and wearing your merit badge sash for boards of review at the Star rank and higher.  Your shoes must also be tied!
  • review Chapter 1 of the  Boy Scout Handbook
  • bring your  Boy Scout Handbook so we can check that your requirements have been fulfilled and also so we can sign your book upon completion of the BOR
  • if you have earned any merit badges, be ready to talk about them

Scout Master Conference (SMC)

Scheduled on the Scout meeting prior to the BOR during inter-patrol activity and can occur on a camp-out but must schedule one week in advance

Board of Review (BOR)

Scheduled from 6-7 pm prior to each Committee meeting and/or 6-7 prior to the Scout meeting the week before the COH (See calendar), must schedule one week in advance.

Committee Meeting

4th Tuesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30, when scheduled BOR from 6:00 to 7:00pm