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“The Scoutmaster must be alert to check badge hunting as compared to badge earning.“The Scout Oath and Law are our binding disciplinary force.”-Lord Baden-Powell

Advancement is the process by which youth members progress through ranks in the Scouting program by the gradual mastery of Scouting skills. Ranks are simply a means to an end, not an end in themselves. Everything our scouts do is designed to help boys have an exciting and meaningful experience. The advancement program is a four-step process.

The four-step process that each boy goes through to earn their rank is:

1. Learn – A Scout learns by doing. As he learns, he grows in ability to do his part as a member of the patrol and the troop. As he develops knowledge and skill, he is asked to teach others. In this way, he begins to develop leadership.
2. Test – A Scout may be tested on requirements by his Patrol Leader, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Member(s) or a member of the Troop. The Scoutmaster maintains the list of those qualified to test and pass the candidates.
3. Review – After a Scout has completed all requirements for a rank, he has a Board of Review for Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle Palms. The review is conducted by members of the Troop Committee not the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster. Members of the District Advancement Committee conduct the Eagle Board of Review.
4. Recognize– When the Board of Review has certified a boy’s advancement, he deserves to receive recognition as soon as possible. This should be done ceremoniously at the next troop meeting. The certificate for his next rank will be presented to him at the Troop’s next Court of Honor.


As stated above, when a Scout advances, he should be recognized as soon as possible – preferably at the next Troop Meeting. Additionally, he is recognized a second time at a public ceremony called a Court of Honor. The main purpose of the Court of Honor is to finish formal recognition for achievement and to provide incentive for other Scouts to advance.

All families are asked to attend and guests are certainly welcome. Every boy who advances deserves to be recognized in front of his family. The Court of Honor is the boy’s special night.

  • Scout
  • Tender
  • foot
  • Second Class
  • First Class
  • Star
  • Life
  • Eagle
  • Eagle Palm


There are a number of good reasons why the outdoor program is so special, here are just a few:

  • The outdoors is the best place for leaning outdoor activities. The obvious of learning to build a campfire indoors is not a good idea. And it is difficult to learn to swim by reading a book.
  • The outdoors is a great place for learning something about living with others. When Scouts walk on the same trail, cook and eat together, and share triumphs and troubles together; they are going to find out some important things about patience, respect, doing their full share, making new friends and saying “No” without losing one. Skills like these are considered “personal growth” skills that we want to see in every Scout. The outdoors is where they will grow the best!
  • On the trail or in the camp, the boy’s leaders will be challenged by the real thing – getting their patrols fed, sheltered, and keeping them warm and safe. Additionally, solving the problems they can solve and knowing how to get help for those in need. It is a time when leadership skills can deepen, patrols grow closer, and the troop grows stronger.
  • The outdoors is also a place where a Scout can get closer to the natural world around him – the land, the forests and their wildlife, the lakes and rivers, the mountains and the seas. Here, in the outdoors, he will learn the “land ethic” – understanding and respecting the environment we all share. He will also develop an active concern for its health and a willingness to work to keep it healthy.



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