Signing off Each Rank Requirement
A single requirement for advancement towards the next Rank is met when a designated youth Guide or Instructor, or the Scoutmaster or his designated assistant, signs off on the requirement in the Boy Scout Handbook.
Click on each to view BSA Rank Advancement Requirements:
1. The Scout should schedule and participate in a "skill review" with an assigned youth Troop Guide or Instructor to review and show all the skills learned to-date.
Scout Master Conference and a Board of Review
Once all but the final requirements for a Rank have been signed off:
2. The Scout must schedule and participate in a the Scoutmaster Conference (this need not wait until after other requirements are met, but it is generally preferred that this be the second-to-last requirement completed) - The Scoutmaster Conference is a meeting between the Scoutmaster or a designated Assistant Scoutmaster, and the Scout.
3. Finally, the Scout must notify the Advancement Chair that he has completed all other requirements for advancement and participate in a "Board of Review" for his rank - The Board of Review (BOR) is a group of three to six volunteers, and is the final approval process for a scouts rank advancement. The board attempts to determine the Scout's attitude and his acceptance of Scouting's ideals and solicits the scout's opinions on the troop program, as well as his feelings on the youth and adult leadership. They discuss how the program is working for the Scout. Generally, they ask questions about Boy Scouting and inquire to hear more about how "he" feels about the program. The Board of Review provides the Scout with an opportunity to interact in a panel interview situation and discuss topics with which he is comfortable, a valuable life skill.