The Boy Scout advancement program provides a ladder of skills that a Scout climbs at his own pace.  As he acquires these skills he moves up through a series of ranks, for which he is awarded badges:  Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle.  The higher he climbs, the more challenging his tasks-and the more rewarding. 

The purpose of the advancement program is to spur a Scout to learn, to achieve, and to mature.  That it does this so consistently makes it another important method that reinforces the Scouting aims.

Oh yes, advancement also happens to be fun.

If you are advancing from the Cub Scout program, you will find the advancement system in the Boy Scouts a little different.  In the Cub Scout program, a den usually advances together through den activities organized by the adult leader.  In Boy Scouts, individual initiative is the primary force behind rank advancement.  Parents are encouraged to follow their son’s progress in the Scout handbook and to become involved with skill instruction within the troop.

Our expectation is to advance new scouts to first class rank in the first year of joining. To do this scouts will work in a patrol with an adult leader as an advisor and a troop guide to help you follow the path.  Bring your Scout handbook and notebook to every meeting and activity.  This is very important so your progress can be promptly recorded.   Please encourage your scout   to advance through the ranks.

Troop meetings and outings are planned to contain skills instruction that will help both new and experienced scouts earn rank advancement.  This is why the troop attendance policy requires a scout to participate in 75% of the troop meeting and 75% of the troop outings in order to advance.  Once a skill is learned and demonstrated, the scout may have his handbook signed off by a scout who is a senior leader, the Scoutmaster, or an assistant Scoutmaster.  The requirement “Scout Spirit” must be signed off by the Scoutmaster or an assistant Scoutmaster.

The basic camping and scouting skills are taught in the first three ranks:  Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class.  The next three ranks, Star, Life and Eagle, are more individualized, where a scout develops his personal interests and more advanced life skills.  He develops these through demonstrating leadership and earning merit badges.

A very important objective of the scout program is to prepare the scout for the future.  Leadership is one of those skills that the program teaches and gives the scout an opportunity to practice.  Leadership in scouts is a skill that involves planning as well as directing your fellow scouts to the successful completion of projects.  Each advancing rank requires the scout to build his leadership skills.  The scout can demonstrate leadership as a patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, bugler, junior assistant scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, or Order of the Arrow troop representative.  In addition, your Scoutmaster might offer you leadership positions for special projects or events. For a scout at Star rank, he must successfully plan events and make a diligent effort at accomplishing the project through other members of the troop.  The trail to Life gets harder. The scout must not only plan, but must be successful most of the time in achieving their project goal.  This experience will give the scout confidence necessary to begin the final climb to Eagle.  The Scoutmaster will meet with each scout of first class and above to develop leadership goals needed for his next rank.

Merit Badges
Once you reach first class,
merit badges become the main advancement tool.  There are over 100 merit badges to choose from.  You can work independently on merit badges, take merit badge classes at summer camp, and/or attend merit badge clinics.  Before starting a merit badge you must first tell the Advancement Leader and receive a signed merit badge blue card. You will then need to contact a merit badge counselor.  The Advancement Chairperson maintains a current list of counselors in our area.  Contact a counselor for guidance and expectations. Remember, when doing a scouting activity, use the buddy system.  After completing the merit badge, your counselor, and then the Advancement Leader will sign the blue card before it is turned in to the Advancement Chairperson.

To achieve the rank of Eagle, you must earn at least 21 merit badges, 12 of which are required.  See the Scout handbook for more information on merit badges.

Scoutmaster Conference
Each of the six ranks contains the requirement “Participate in a Scoutmaster Conference”.  The purpose of the conference is to develop, over a period of time, an increasing level of understanding and trust between the Scoutmaster and each Scout.  Then the Scoutmaster can be increasingly effective in helping the boy get the most from Scouting. 

Advancement is the scout’s responsibility.  The scout should save all written work and projects you do for merit badges and rank.  After all the requirements of a rank are completed, the scout must arrange a meeting with the Scoutmaster, called the Scoutmaster Conference.

Board of Review

When a scout has completed all the requirements for a rank, including the Scoutmaster Conference, he appears before a board of review.  This consists of at least three and not more than six committee members (registered adults).  Scoutmasters, assistant scoutmasters, and relatives do not participate in the board of review.  The review has three purposes: 


To make sure the work has been learned and completed.


To find out what kind of experience the boy is having in his patrol and troop.


To encourage the Scout to progress further.

The board of review is not a time to retest the Scout, but to determine the Scout’s attitude and his acceptance of scouting ideals. It is also time to review those Scouts who are not advancing.

It is the responsibility of each scout to:



Call the Advancement Chairperson one week ahead to schedule a

Board of Review. Boards of Review will be held the last Tuesday of

the month during troop meetings.


Appear before the Board in a complete Class A uniform.


Have his Scout handbook complete and ready to be reviewed. Star,

Life, and Eagle ranks require additional information to be documented

and reviewed with the Board.



Court of Honor
The accomplishments of our scouts and leaders are recognized at an impressive formal ceremony called the Court of Honor.  At this event, all Scouts who have advanced since the last court of honor will be recognized before an audience of families, friends, chartered organization officials, and troop leaders.

Courts of honor are held three or four times a year.   They are scheduled in place of regular troop meetings and are held in the parish life center.  This is the time when full uniform, including the sash and any medals should be worn.   Parents’ attendance is an important and very easy way to demonstrate an interest in your son’s scouting progress.


Troop 10 strives to keep busy with a variety of fun events. Each month our youth leaders meet with guidance from the Scoutmaster and assistance from the troop committee to plan interesting and fun activities. Our program will include an outdoor activity each month. Some of these activities may include:


Summer Camp


Troop Campouts










Community service projects/parish projects


Parish projects


Council or National activities such as: Jamborees/Camporees

See the troop calendar for a schedule of events.  Feel free to make suggestions to your patrol leader or Scoutmaster!