Advancement

Troop 453 Advancement Policy

Official BSA Advancement Guide
  • Please refer to the link here for the official BSA advancement guide.
Advancement to Scout, Tenderfoot, and Second Class
  • Complete the requirements for the rank, located near the back of the Scout Handbook.
    • A troop guide, senior scout, ASM or SM may sign off requirements.
  • Participate in a Scoutmaster's Conference (SMC) during a campout.
  • Fill and submit the Board of Review (BOR) Request Form to BOR Board.
  • Participate in a monthly Board Of Review interview.
  • Participate in a quarterly Court Of Honor (COH). The BOR must be completed at least a month before the COH.
Advancement to First Class, Star, and Life
  • Complete the requirements for the rank, located at near the back of the Scout Handbook.
  • For advancement to First Class, you need to complete First Class skills review before SMC.  First Class skills review is conducted by the troop instructors during the monthly campouts.
  • Prepare your Resume, Scout Binder and fill the Scout portion of the Scout Evaluation Form.
  • Fill the Scout portion of the SMC Application Form, give the SMC Application Form to your patrol ASM and discuss about your SMC with your patrol ASM.
  • Submit your SMC Application Form to Scout Master, cc to your Patrol ASM.
  • Participate in a SMC.
  • Fill and submit the BOR Request Form to BOR Board.
  • Participate in a monthly BOR interview with the following:
    • Your scout binder.
    • Three copies of your resume, SMC application form, and your scout evaluation form from your SMC.
    • Participate in a quarterly COH. The BOR must be finished at least a month before the COH.
Advancement to Eagle
  • Please refer to the page here for necessary resources for advancement to Eagle (Google login required).

Board of Review (BOR)
When a scout has completed all of the requirements for a rank, he appears before a Board of Review composed of at least three and not more than six Troop Committee members. The purpose of the board of review is to:
  • Make sure that the work has been learned and completed.
  • Find out what kind of experience the boy is having in his patrol and troop.
  • Encourage the Scout to progress further.
  • It will not be an examination or a time to retest the Scout, but to determine the Scout's attitude and his acceptance of Scouting ideals.
  • You are encouraged to help your son prepare for his Board of Review. 
Please refer to the document here for a list of questions that my be asked during a Board of Review.

Merit Badges

Official BSA Merit Badge Policies
  • Please refer to the link here for the official BSA Merit Badge policies.
Troop 453 Merit Badge FAQ
  • Scouts do not need to wait until approaching Eagle rank to complete Eagle required merit badges.
  • Merit badges do not have a rank, age, or order linkage. Merit badges are an independent pursuit; we encourage scouts to earn as many merit badges as possible.