What is Boy Scouts About?


A program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. (Boys also may become Boy Scouts if they have earned the Arrow of Light Award or have completed the fifth grade.) Boy Scouting is the second level of the BSA's three membership divisions.

Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. 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.

Advancement Ranks

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 easy for him to advance, if the following four opportunities are provided for him.

  1. The Boy Scout learns.  As Scout learns by doing.  A he learns, he grows in ability to do his part as a member of the troop and patrol.  As he develops knowledge and skills 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, troop commitee member, or a member of his troop.  The Scout's merit badge counselor tests on the knowledge for merit badges.

  3. The Boy Scout is reviewed.  After a Scout has completed all the 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 the Troop Committee.  The Eagle Scout board of review is conducted by the District Advancement Committee.

  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. 

Brian Libby,
Sep 20, 2009, 11:24 AM