Troop 61, Valrico FL - Advancement

Boy Scout Troop 61

Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale
Brandon, FL

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The requirements for each rank can be found by clicking on the Rank Name.

Scout Tenderfoot 2nd Class 1st Class Star Life Eagle
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As a Scout prepares for his rank advancement, he needs to ensure that all of the requirements for rank have been completed and signed off. Rank advancement requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class can only be signed off by the Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters, SPL, ASPLs, Troop Instructor, the Scout's Patrol Leader (as long as the PL has achieved the Rank he is signing off on), or any Scout who has acheived the rank of Star, Life or Eagle. All of the requirements for the rank of Star, Life or Eagle will be signed off by the Advancement Chair or by the Scoutmaster. The reason for this is so the Advancement Chair can verify Service hours and Merit Badges. The Scout should bring his book to the Advancement Chair on a regular basis so that the requirements can be input into TroopMaster.

Most rank advancements include both a Scoutmaster Conference as well as a Board of Review. For Star, Life, and Eagle (including Palms) there are Merit Badge requirements.

Boards of Review and Scoutmaster Conferences are to be scheduled with the Advancement Chair.

Purpose of a Scoutmaster Conference

The Scoutmaster conference is neither an interrogation nor a retesting of a Scout's competence. It should be an informal conversation between Scout and Scoutmaster either toward a certain goal or as a requirement for advancement. In either case, open-ended questions are good to prompt the Scout's comments. Encourage him to come to conclusions on his own; don't simply tell him what you think.

A Scoutmaster conference is simply a chance to talk to a Scout about how he is doing, how he feels about the troop and his role in it, how he is advancing, and how he is striving to live up to Scouting's ideals. Consequently, a Scoutmaster conference can take place anytime and for any reason.

Other reasons to have a Scoutmaster conference may include:

Purpose of a Board of Review

A periodic review of the progress of a Scout is vital in the evaluation of the effectiveness of the Scouting program in the unit. The unit committee can judge how well the Scout being reviewed is benefiting from the program. The unit leader can measure the effectiveness of his or her leadership. The Scout can sense that he is, or is not, advancing properly and can be encouraged to make the most of his Scouting experience.

Not only is it important to review those Scouts who have learned and been tested for a rank, but also to review those Scouts who have shown no progress in their advancement over the past few months.

Participants in a Board of Review must keep these objectives in mind:

The Board also provides an opportunity for the Scout to develop and practice skills needed in an interview situation, and it is an opportunity for the Scout to review his accomplishments.

The Board of Review is not a retesting of requirements - the Scout has already been tested on the skills and activities required for the rank. However, the chairman of the Board of Review should ensure that all the requirements have been signed off in the Scout's handbook. Additionally, the chairman should ensure that leadership and merit badge records are consistent with the requirements for the rank.

The Board of Review is a time to determine the Scout's attitudes, accomplishments, and acceptance of Scouting Ideals. Scout Spirit is defined as living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in a Scout's everyday life. The board should make sure that good standards have been met in all phases of the Scout's life. A discussion of the Scout Oath and Scout Law is in keeping with the purpose of the review, to make sure that the candidate recognizes and understands the value of Scouting in his home, unit, school, and community.

Merit Badge Information

Click here to get information about the Merit Badge process.

Click here to link to the list of Merit Badge Worksheets and Counselors.

Click here to link to the schedule for the Road to First Class program.

Click here to link to documents and presentations to help Scouts prepare for their Eagle rank.

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