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 achieved 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
Purpose of a Board of Review
The Scout rank is the first rank a Boy Scout can earn in the Boy Scouts of America program. It is considered the foundation for all other ranks in the program. The Scout rank teaches a Scout basic outdoor skills, including camping, cooking, and first aid, as well as how to be a good citizen, follow the Scout Oath and Law, and participate in their community.
Second Class is the third rank in the Boy Scouts of America program, and it builds on the skills and values learned in the Tenderfoot rank. To earn the Second Class rank, a Scout must demonstrate proficiency in several intermediate-level outdoor and life skills, such as orienteering, cooking, and swimming.
Star is the fifth rank in the Boy Scouts of America program, and it builds on the skills and values learned in the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. To earn the Star rank, a Scout must demonstrate proficiency in leadership, service, and personal growth, and must also earn merit badges in several areas of interest.