The requirement structures for the ranks that follow are different
Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks are focused on basic Scout skills like cooking, camping, orienteering… but just the basics. Star, Life and Eagle ranks are focused on developing Leadership, Community Service and expanding the Scout's exposure to different topics.
The higher ranks are broken up into eight parts:
Teaching others (Life only)
Board of Review
A detailed discussion for each part below
The expectations of the Scouts
It is now time for the Scout to take the initiative. If a Scout wants to go on to Star, Life and Eagle it will be mostly under his own steam. He will be encouraged to do so by all members of the troop but he will be much more reliant on his own pro-activity to progress from here. Troop meetings and campouts are usually focused on the basic Scout skills as mentioned above. The Scout's patrol may choose to work on merit badges together. During Scoutmaster's conferences the Scout will be encouraged to make a plan to work on advancement and other Scouting related activities. The point is that he will not be completely on his own on the other hand he cannot rely on troop activities alone to advance.
The rank of Eagle Scout
Every parent would like his or her son to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. It is important to know a total of 1,835,410 Scouts have earned Eagle Scout as of the end of 2005; out of 83,486,083 Scouts since 1911, this is about 2% of the Boy Scouting membership. In 2005, 49,895 Eagle Scout awards were presented, about 5% of the 2005 membership.All Scouts learn a great many things including leadership, citizenship, healthy living and build character while in Scouting. There are many world class leaders that did not earn the Eagle Rank that say being a Boy Scout is the best thing they ever did. The scouts learn leadership skills at every turn in scouting. Most times, the scouts they don't even know they are learning the skills because they are having fun.
Everyone involved in Troop 411 will do his or her best to help any Scout trying to earn the Eagle Scout Rank. Earning the rank of Eagle Scout takes dedication by the Scout. The Scout must find it within himself to choose the path to Eagle and stick to it.
Think for a moment how difficult it is to get your son to do a small task he is not interested in like putting his socks in the hamper. Now apply that to getting him to do over 500 tasks. Some tasks are small like learning how to take care of a cut finger. Others are much larger like camping 20 days and nights or writing a report about the environment. That is why it is the Scout who must want it.
As with the ranks before Star, the scout should have the requirements signed off as he completes them. Unlike ranks before Star these requirements must be signed off by an adult.
Troop participation - The Scout should show up to most of the meetings and events for at least four or six months depending on rank. The Scouters work very hard to find ways to deal with sports, band and school events so every Scout can get as much out of Scouting as possible.
Scout spirit - Be a good Scout for at least four or six months depending on rank. Being a good Scout means more than paying attention and interacting well with the other Scouts in his patrol and the troop. Scout spirit reaches into the Scouts everyday life. A Scout that does not show good scout spirit may be asked to demonstrate Scout Spirit for a period of time after the participation requirement is fulfilled before this is signed off.
Merit badges - Scouts will be learning new skills. These skills are more concentrated efforts than the skills they had to learn for the previous ranks. Any Scout that has attended merit badges sessions with the troop or went to summer camp then he already has some merit badges that count toward these higher ranks. From this point on it is highly recommended that your scout attend summer camp if he has not been. It is not only a lot of fun but an excellent opportunity to earn merit badges. For more information about merit badges see Merit Badges Process and Hints
Service hours - The Scout will put service time into the community. Now it is important to note that service time must be put in while he is working toward the rank. Meaning if he put in service time before he was First Class it does not count. If he puts in 12 hours while First Class it only counts toward the Star rank and does not spill over toward the requirement for the Life rank. This time must be spent helping the community. It is important to differentiate between community service and troop or scouting service. For instance, if a Scout works for three hours and organizes all the troop gear it does not count as Community Service. If he goes to Camp Manatoc and removes invasive weeds this may count and is at the Scoutmaster's discretion. If he goes to Wolf Creek Park and removes invasive weeds, it does count. Volunteering at church, school or community events does. Be careful about school events especially when associated with sports. Working on another Scout's Eagle project does count. Waiting tables at the Sharon Community Trust dinner does count. There will be opportunities both with the troop and within our district to help out the community. If there is any question about the work ask the Scoutmaster. This requirement for rank advancement should be of little concern. A Scout should be serving the community regular enough that he should be have more than enough hours.
Teaching EDGE All Scouts need to teach a Foundation Rank Skill to a New Scout. This occurs naturally in the normal process of the Scouting.
Leadership position - The Scouts will to have to be active in a troop leadership position. There are typically enough leadership positions to go around. We have the Scouts volunteer for these positions. If a Scout has not volunteered for a leadership position and not having one will adversely affect his advancement we will encourage him to take on the responsibility. On the other side of the coin are scouts who will be highly involved in other activities during the next several months like sports or band. If it looks like a Scout will be overloaded and not be able to fulfill the responsibilities of the position then we may encourage them to wait until next time around. Additionally a Scout may know he is going to busy for a certain period of time with a sport then be free. In these situations, we can assign the Scout a leadership project. We rotate positions about every six months. The positions include Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Scribe, Quartermaster, Librarian, Den Chief, Instructor, Order of the Arrow Representative, Troop Guide and Chaplain’s Aid. Note: Assistant Patrol Leader is not missing from the list. The BSA does not consider Assistant Patrol Leader a leadership position.
Scoutmaster Conference - Once the other requirements have been fulfilled, the Scout should bring his filled in book to the Scoutmaster and the conference will be arranged. Scoutmaster's conferences can happen anywhere and anytime the Scout and the Scoutmaster have an opportunity to talk together. Typically, they happen at troop meetings or on campouts.
Board of Review - Upon completion of the Scoutmaster's conference, a Board of Review will be scheduled with the Troop committee. Typically, this happens during a Troop Meeting and within two weeks of the Scoutmasters conferences and could happen within minutes depending on the availability of the Committee Members.
More information about working with your ScoutHere is a few helpful hints in for parents: Six easy steps to help your son succeed in scouting.
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