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Rank Advancements

Boy Scouting utilizes a step advancement method.  The Scout is rewarded for each achievement.  This helps him gain self-confidence and grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

Click on the badges below for complete descriptions.
http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards.aspx

Scout
Scout is earned by completing the requirements to join Boy Scouting.   The badge is awarded when the boy demonstrates knowledge of the Scouting ideals such as tying a square knot and knowing the Scout Oath, Law, Motto, and Slogan.




Tenderfoot
Tenderfoot Scouts begin to work on acquiring basic outdoor skills.  The badge is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth, and Scout Spirit.

Second Class
Second Class Scouts work on building outdoor survival and camping skills.  He begins to master and demonstrate new sills.  The badge is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth, and Scout Spirit.



First Class
First Class Scouts have learned all basic camping and outdoor skills.  The badge is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth, and Scout Spirit.  At this point, a Scout begins to work on their leadership skills.
Star
Star Scout is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew in a position of responsibility for at east four months; performs at least six hours of community service; and earns six merit badges (four of which must be required for Eagle Scout rank).  The Scout is now moving from being a learner to being a leader in the Troop.


Life
Life Scout is awarded when the scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew serving in a position of responsibility to six months and performing six hours of community service.  The Scout must also earn an additional five merit badges (three of which are required for the rank of Eagle), to make a minimum total of eleven merit badges (including the six previously required for Star).  Life Scouts make decisions, lead discussions, and encourage other scouts.
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