Rank Advancement Requirements

Advancement is an important part of Scouting. It’s the measure of your growth and progress. Each Scout keeps his own personal advancement record in his copy of The Boy Scout Handbook. He also records his community service, campouts, troop activities, and leadership positions in a separate notebook in the format of his choice. The troop also keeps advancement records. You should work on advancement with your parents, your fellow Scouts, your Scout Leaders and Merit Badge Counselors. You may work on advancement on your own, in your patrol at selected Troop meetings, and during some Troop functions/outings. Scout skills can be mastered by reading, doing, understanding, and through repeated practice, even after the skill has been “signed off.”

Scoutmaster Conference

Each Scout must regularly meet with a Scoutmaster for a Scoutmaster Conference. This is to discuss your goals and accomplishments and is required for each rank advancement. To count towards rank advancement a Scoutmaster Conference must take place after all other rank requirements are complete and before the Board of Review.

Board of Review

A Board of Review (BOR) is required for each rank advancement. After completing the requirements and getting approval through a Scoutmaster Conference, you must contact the Troop Rank Advancement Coordinator and request a BOR. For the review you’ll need to bring your Boy Scout Handbook, your records of community service, campouts, troop activities, and leadership positions, and must appear in full ‘Class A’ uniform. The BOR Committee will discuss your trail to Eagle, quiz you on required knowledge and skills for your rank, and evaluate you in terms of troop activities and preparedness for the new rank. You may also provide feedback about activities and your scouting experience. The Board will tell you if you qualify for the next rank or what actions you must take to qualify. If you prepare beforehand, passing the BOR should be straightforward. The Board does not grant rank advancement unless it’s earned.


Troop recognition and badges will be awarded at an upcoming Troop meeting.

The Requirements

The links below take you to the official Boy Scouts of America website. The rank requirements listed on the BSA site can also be found in your Scout Handbook. You’ll need to have a troop leader or scout of Star Rank or higher sign and date each requirement in your Handbook. It’s the scout’s responsibility to schedule a meeting to get his book signed.