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The Trail to Eagle

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.

Note:  Bringing your Scout book to every meeting and campout is critical… can’t get a sign-off if there is no where to sign.  Next step, take your book to one of the advancement chairmen so the sign-offs are recorded in Troopmaster. When you’ve finished all the requirements for a rank, make an appt with the Scoutmaster for a Scoutmaster’s Conference and then with the Advancement Team for a Board of Review.

First rank is Scout, then Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class.  the requirements for these ranks are the basic scout and camping skills.  They can be worked on simultaneously and we often see a scout receiving 2 or more of these ranks in one Court of Honor.  A motivated scout can make it to First Class in under a year.  Camping is an important part of this since many sign-off’s are camping related.

The upper ranks are Star, Life and finally Eagle .  The higher ranks have time requirements, Merit Badge requirements and leadership requirements.   After making Star rank, the Life and Eagle ranks typically take a a few years each, but can be completed in less time by a motivated scout.

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