Advancement & Merit Badges

Troop 89
Rank Advancement Procedures

 Please remember..."The journey itself is more important than the destination"
 (Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, pages 24)

"A Boy Scout advances from Tenderfoot to Eagle by doing things with his patrol and his troop, with his leaders, and on his own. It's easy for him to advance if the following four opportunities are provided for him."
1. The Boy Scout learns. "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; and in this way he begins to develop leadership."
2. The Boy Scout is tested. "A Scout may be tested on rank requirements by his patrol leader, Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, a troop committee member, or a member of his troop. The Scoutmaster maintains a list of those qualified to give tests and to pass candidates. The Scout's merit badge counselor teaches and tests on the requirements for merit badges."
3. The Boy Scout is reviewed. "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. The Eagle Scout board of review is conducted in accordance with local council procedures."
4. The Boy Scout is recognized. "When the board of review has certified a boy's advancement, he deserves to receive recognition as soon as possible. This should be done at a ceremony at the next troop meeting. The certificate for his new rank may be presented later at a formal court of honor.
 Rank requirements may only be signed off by the following individuals:
Asst. Scoutmasters
Advancement Committee Chair
Other Direct Contact Leaders within the Troop
 It's recomended that Scouts should NOT have their requirements signed off by their parents, even if they are a Leader within the Troop.
 It's the Scout's responsibility to make sure the requirements he has completed are signed off (not the Parents) 
 After a Scout has completed his requirements it is the Scout's responsibility to ask for a Scoutmaster conference, likewise it's also the Scout's responsibility to ask the Advancement Committee Chair to schedule his Board of Review.
Merit Badges
Merit Badges are an integral part of the Boy Scout advancement program. Unlike Rank Advancement, there is some degree of choice in the Merit Badge program.
 A sub-group of Merit Badges are known as Eagle required Merit Badges. To earn Eagle Scout, most of these badges must be earned although some are "either/or" badges. The remainder of the badges help with earning Ranks as well as Eagle Palms after the Eagle Scout award has been earned.

 Boy Scouts may work on Merit Badges from they time they join a Scout Troop until they turn 18 years old.
There is no time limit for completion of merit badges other than age 18.
Some Merit Badges Require Prior Approval before starting certain requirements, though, most do not.
 It's the Scout's responsibility to request the needed materials, schedule appointments with Counselors and do the work required to achieve Merit Badges.
 Parents are encouraged to foster this independence.
 You can purchase Merit Badge booklets at the followong locations:
 Scout Store, 60 Darlin Street, East Hartford, CT 06108-3256 (860) 291-0286   

 Crystal Blueprint & Stationery, 21-23 West Main Street, Rockville, CT 06066 Tel 860-871-1597

The Troop has quite a few Merit Badge booklets in our "library" at Scout Hall...check with our Librarian before purchasing new. 

Here's a very helpful web site:
Below is a list of Merit Badge Counselors ( the list is NOT current & needs updating)
Troop 89 East Windsor Ct,
Jan 30, 2011, 9:05 AM