Advancement. Boy Scouts provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
The advancement program for Boy Scouts has two phases. The first phase of Scout to First Class is designed to teach the boy Scoutcraft skills, how to participate in a group and to learn self-reliance. Scout is joining rank, and is awarded when the Scout demonstrates a rudimentary knowledge of the Scouting ideals. Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class have progressively harder requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit.
The second phase of Star (5), Life (6) 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 boy serve in a position of responsibility and perform community service.
- Second Class
- First Class
- Eagle (more information)
Eagle Scout rank likewise requires a position of responsibility, as well as a community service project planned and led entirely by the Eagle Scout candidate and the earning of a series of merit badges. After attaining the rank of Eagle, a Scout may earn Palms for additional tenure and merit badges.
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Each rank requires demonstration of specific skills outlined in the Boy Scout Handbook. After a skill is demonstrated to a PLC member or a Scout's patrol leader, the Scoutmaster and/or the Assistant Scoutmaster or an adult designated by the Scoutmaster (other than the parent/guardian) may sign off on requirements. All boys will work towards their next rank during monthly outings and summer camp. It is important that the Scouts participate in as many outings as possible.