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Los Padres CouncilAdvancementBoy Scout Advancement Changes

Extensive changes and rearrangenment of Boy Scout Rank requirements became effective January 1, 2016.  Effective a new rank was added for Scout which must be reported on the Advancement Report Form when accomplished.

ADVANCEMENT CHANGES

During the past two years BSA has made major changes to the Boy Scout, Cub Scout, and Venturing rank advancement process. This website has separate pages for both the Boy Scout and Cub Scout changes which more information may be obtained.

Boy Scout Rank Changes became effective January 1, 2016. The 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook incorporates all these new and changing requirements. Below are two useful links for boys in transition:

For information about these changes and other advancement changes and techniques, check out the January-February 2016 edition of Advancement News. Older issues are available online at http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/advancement_news.aspx

 

 

TRANSITION RULES

The rank requirements in the 2016 edition of the Boy Scout Requirements book and the Boy Scout Handbook are official as of Jan. 1, 2016.

  • Scouts who joined the Boy Scouts of America on or after Jan. 1, 2016, MUST follow the rank requirements as printed in the Boy Scout Handbook or in the current year’s Boy Scout Requirements book.
  • Scouts who joined the BSA prior to Jan. 1, 2016:
    • • Who are working on the Tenderfoot through First Class ranks MAY continue to follow the old requirements, but MUST convert to the current requirements upon attaining First Class.
    • • Who have completed the First Class rank MAY complete the rank they are currently working on in the old requirements, but MUST convert to the current requirements for subsequent ranks.
  • Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, all Scouts MUST use the current requirements regardless of rank.

SCOUT

All requirements for Scout rank must be completed as a member of a troop. If you already completed these requirements as part of the Webelos Scouting Adventure, simply demonstrate your knowledge or skills to your Scoutmaster or other designated leader after joining the troop.

    1. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meaning.
    2. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe some ways you have shown Scout spirit by practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
    3. Demonstrate the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when they should be used.
    4. Describe the First Class Scout badge and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
    5. Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words, explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.
    6. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. In your own words, explain its meaning.
  1. After attending at least one Boy Scout troop meeting, do the following:
    1. Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership.
    2. Describe the four steps of Boy Scout advancement.
    3. Describe what the Boy Scout ranks are and how they are earned.
    4. Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned.
    1. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that are used in your troop.
    2. Become familiar with your patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell. Explain how these items create patrol spirit.
    1. Show how to tie a square knot, two half-hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used.
    2. Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the ends of different kinds of rope.
  2. Demonstrate your knowledge of pocketknife safety.
  3. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parents Guide" and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade.
  4. Since joining the troop and while working on the Scout rank, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

TENDERFOOT

  • CAMPING AND OUTDOOR ETHICS
      1. Present yourself to your leader prepared for an overnight camping trip. Show the personal and camping gear you will use. Show the right way to pack and carry it.
      2. Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch.
      3. Tell how you practiced the Outdoor Code on a campout or outing.
  • COOKING
      1. On the campout, assist in preparing one of the meals. Tell why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal preparation and cleanup.
      2. While on a campout, demonstrate the appropriate method of safely cleaning items used to prepare, serve, and eat a meal.
      3. Explain the importance of eating together as a patrol.
  • TOOLS
      1. Demonstrate a practical use of the square knot.
      2. Demonstrate a practical use of two half-hitches.
      3. Demonstrate a practical use of the taut line hitch.
      4. Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax. Describe when each should be used.
  • FIRST AID AND NATURE
      1. Show first aid for the following:
        • Simple cuts and scrapes
        • Blisters on the hand and foot
        • Minor (thermal/heat) burns or scalds (superficial, or first degree)
        • Bites or stings of insects or ticks
        • Venomous snakebite
        • Nosebleed
        • Frostbite and sunburn
        • Choking
      2. Describe common poisonous or hazardous plants, identify any that grow in your local area or campsite location. Tell how to treat for exposure to them.
      3. Tell what you can do on a campout or other outdoor activity to prevent or reduce the occurrence of injuries or exposure listed in Tenderfoot requirements 4a and 4b.
      4. Assemble a personal first-aid kit to carry with you on future campouts and hikes. Tell how each item in the kit would be used.
  • HIKING
      1. Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Use the buddy system while on a troop or patrol outing.
      2. Explain what to do if you become lost on a hike or campout.
      3. Explain the rules of safe hiking, both on the highway and cross-country, during the day and at night.
  • FITNESS
      1. Record your best in the following tests:
        Pushups ________ (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds)
        Situps or curl-ups ________ (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds)
        Back-saver sit-and-reach ________ (Record the distance stretched)
        1 mile walk/run ________ (Record the time)
      2. Develop and describe a plan for improvement in each of the activities listed in Tenderfoot requirement 6a. Keep track of your activity for at least 30 days.
      3. Show improvement (of any degree) in each activity listed in Tenderfoot requirement 6a after practicing for 30 days.
        Pushups ________ (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds)
        Situps or curl-ups ________ (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds)
        Back-saver sit-and-reach ________ (Record the distance stretched)
        1 mile walk/run ________ (Record the time)
  • CITIZENSHIP
      1. Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the U.S. flag.
      2. Participate in a total of one hour of service in one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. Explain how your service to others relates to the Scout slogan and Scout motto.
  • LEADERSHIP
    1. Describe the steps in Scouting's Teaching EDGE method. Use the Teaching EDGE method to teach another person how to tie the square knot.
  • SCOUT SPIRIT
    1. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived four different points of the Scout Law in your everyday life.
    2. While working toward Tenderfoot rank, and after completing Scout rank requirement 7, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
    3. Successfully complete your board of review for the Tenderfoot rank.

SECOND CLASS

  • CAMPING and OUTDOOR ETHICS
      1. Since joining, participate in five separate troop/patrol activities, three of which include overnight camping. These five activities do not include troop or patrol meetings. On at least two of the three campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect (such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee.)
      2. Explain the principles of Leave No Trace, and tell how you practiced them while on a campout or outing. This outing must be different from the one used for Tenderfoot requirement 1c.
      3. On one of these campouts, select a location for your patrol site and recommend it to your patrol leader, senior patrol leader, or troop guide. Explain what factors you should consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.
  • COOKING and TOOLS
      1. Explain when it is appropriate to use a fire for cooking or other purposes and when it would not be appropriate to do so.
      2. Use the tools listed in Tenderfoot requirement 3d to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel wood for a cooking fire.
      3. At an approved outdoor location and time, use the tinder, kindling, and fuel wood from Second Class requirement 2b to demonstrate how to build a fire. Unless prohibited by local fire restrictions, light the fire. After allowing the flames to burn safely for at least two minutes, safely extinguish the flames with minimal impact to the fire site.
      4. Explain when it is appropriate to use a lightweight stove and when it is appropriate to use a propane stove. Set up a lightweight stove or propane stove. Light the stove, unless prohibited by local fire restrictions. Describe the safety procedures for using these types of stoves.
      5. On one campout, plan and cook one hot breakfast or lunch, selecting foods from MyPlate or the current USDA nutrition model. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Demonstrate how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.
      6. Demonstrate how to tie the sheet bend knot. Describe a situation in which you would use this knot.
      7. Demonstrate how to tie the bowline knot. Describe a situation in which you would use this knot.
  • NAVIGATION
      1. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Use a map to point out and tell the meaning of five map symbols.
      2. Using a compass and a map together, take a five-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.2
      3. Describe some hazards or injuries that you might encounter on your hike and what you can do to help prevent them.2
      4. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass or an electronic device.
  • NATURE
    1. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of wild animals (such as birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your local area or camping location. You may show evidence by tracks, signs, or photographs you have taken.
  • AQUATICS
      1. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
      2. Demonstrate your ability to pass the BSA beginner test.  Jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
      3. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects.
      4. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible. Explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.
  • FIRST AID
      1. Demonstrate first aid for the following:
        • Object in the eye
        • Bite of a warm blooded animal
        • Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fishhook
        • Serious burns (partial thickness, or second degree)
        • Heat exhaustion
        • Shock
        • Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation
      2. Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped breathing, stroke, severe bleeding, and ingested poisoning.
      3. Tell what you can do while on a campout or hike to prevent or reduce the occurrence of the injuries listed in Second Class requirements 6a and 6b.
      4. Explain what to do in case of accidents that require emergency response in the home and the backcountry. Explain what constitutes an emergency and what information you will need to provide to a responder.
      5. Tell how you should respond if you come upon the scene of a vehicular accident.
  • FITNESS
      1. After competing Tenderfoot requirement 6c, be physically active at least 30 minutes a day for five days a week for four weeks. Keep track of your activities.
      2. Share your challenges and successes in completing Second Class requirement 7a. Set a goal for continuing to include physical activity as part of your daily life and develop a plan for doing so.
      3. Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family, and explain the dangers of substance addictions. Report to your Scoutmaster or other adult leader in your troop about which parts of the Scout Oath and Law relate to what you learned.
  • CITIZENSHIP
      1. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or Scouting activity.
      2. Explain what respect is due the flag of the United States.
      3. With your parents or guardian, decide on an amount of money that you would like to earn, based on the cost of a specific item you would like to purchase. Develop a plan written plan to earn the amount agreed upon and follow that plan; it is acceptable to make changes to your plan along the way. Discuss any changes made to your original plan and whether you met your goal.
      4. At a minimum of three locations, compare the cost of the item for which you are saving to determine the best place to purchase it. After completing Second Class requirement 8c, decide if you will use the amount that you earned as originally intended, save all or part of it, or use it for another purpose.
      5. Participate in two hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. Tell how your service to others relates to the Scout Oath.
  • LEADERSHIP
      1. Explain the three R's of personal safety and protection.
      2. Describe bullying; tell what the appropriate response is to one who might be bullying you or bullying another person.
  • SCOUT SPIRIT
    1. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived four different points of the Scout Law (not to include those used for Tenderfoot requirement 9) in your everyday life.
    2. While working toward Second Class rank, and after completing Tenderfoot requirement 10, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
    3. Successfully complete your board of review for the Second Class rank.

FIRST CLASS

  • CAMPING and OUTDOOR ETHICS
      1. Since joining, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, six of which include overnight camping. These 10 activities do not include troop or patrol meetings. On at least five of the six campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect. (such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee.)
      2. Explain each of the principles of Tread Lightly! and tell how you practiced them while on a campout or outing. This outing must be different from the one used for Tenderfoot requirement 1c and Second Class requirement 1b.
  • COOKING
      1. Help plan a menu for one of the above campouts that includes at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner and that requires cooking at least two of the meals. Tell how the menu includes the foods from MyPlate or the current USDA nutrition model and how it meets nutritional needs for the planned activity or campout.
      2. Using the menu planned in First Class requirement 2a, make a list showing a budget and food amounts needed to feed three or more boys. Secure the ingredients.
      3. Show which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to cook and serve these meals.
      4. Demonstrate the procedures to follow in the safe handling and storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and other perishable food products. Show how to properly dispose of camp garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish.
      5. On one campout, serve as cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in First Class requirement 2a. Supervise the cleanup.
  • TOOLS
      1. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings.
      2. Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch.
      3. Demonstrate tying the square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together.
      4. Use lashings to make a useful camp gadget or structure.
  • NAVIGATION
      1. Using a map and compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.)
      2. Demonstrate how to use a handheld GPS unit, GPS app on a smartphone or other electronic navigation system. Use a GPS to find your current location, a destination of your choice, and the route you will take to get there. Follow that route to arrive at your destination.
  • NATURE
      1. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your local area or campsite location. You may show evidence by fallen leaves or fallen fruit that you find in the field, or as part of a collection you have made, or by photographs you have taken.
      2. Identify two ways to obtain a weather forecast for an upcoming activity. Explain why weather forecasts are important when planning for an event.
      3. Describe at least three natural indicators of impending hazardous weather, the potential dangerous events that might result from such weather conditions, and the appropriate actions to take.
      4. Describe extreme weather conditions you might encounter in the outdoors in your local geographic area. Discuss how you would determine ahead of time the potential risk of these types of weather dangers, alternative planning considerations to avoid such risks, and how you would prepare for and respond to those weather conditions.
  • AQUATICS
      1. Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.3
      2. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
      3. Identify the basic parts of a canoe, kayak, or other boat. Identify the parts of a paddle or an oar.
      4. Describe proper body positioning in a watercraft, depending on the type and size of the vessel. Explain the importance of proper position.
      5. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
  • FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
      1. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.
      2. By yourself and with a partner, show how to:
        • Transport a person from a smoke-filled room
        • Transport for at least 25 yards a person with a sprained ankle.
      3. Tell the five most common signals of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
      4. Tell what utility services exist in your home or meeting place. Describe potential hazards associated with these utilities, and tell how to respond in emergency situations.
      5. Develop an emergency action plan for your home that includes what to do in case of fire, storm, power outage, or water outage.
      6. Explain how to obtain potable water in an emergency.
  • FITNESS
      1. After completing Second Class requirement 7a, be physically active at least 30 minutes every day for five days a week for four weeks. Keep track of your activities.
      2. Share your challenges and successes in completing First Class requirement 8a. Set a goal for continuing to include physical activity as part of your daily life.
  • CITIZENSHIP
      1. Visit and discuss with a selected individual approved by your leader (for example, an elected official, judge, attorney, civil servant, principal, or teacher) the constitutional rights and obligations of a U.S. citizen.
      2. Investigate an environmental issue affecting your community. Share what you learned about that issue with your patrol or troop. Tell what, if anything, could be done by you or your community to address the concern.
      3. On a Scouting or family outing, take note of the trash and garbage you produce. Before your next similar outing, decide how you can reduce, recycle, or repurpose what you take on that outing, and then put those plans into action. Compare your results.
      4. Participate in three hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. The project(s) must not be the same service project(s) used for Tenderfoot requirement 7b and Second Class requirement 8e. Explain how your service to others relates to the Scout Law.
  • LEADERSHIP
    1. Tell someone who is eligible to join Boy Scouts, or an inactive Boy Scout, about your Scouting activities. Invite him to an outing, activity, service project or meeting. Tell him how to join, or encourage the inactive Boy Scout to become active. Share your efforts with your Scoutmaster or other adult leader.
  • SCOUT SPIRIT
    1. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived four different points of the Scout Law (different from those points used for previous ranks) in your everyday life.
    2. While working toward First Class rank, and after completing Second Class requirement 11, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
    3. Successfully complete your board of review for the First Class rank.

STAR

  1. Be active in your troop for at least four months as a First Class Scout.
  2. As a First Class Scout, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Earn six merit badges, including any four from the required list for Eagle. You may choose any of the 17 merit badges on the required list for Eagle to fulfill this requirement. See Eagle rank requirement 3 for this list.
      Name of Merit Badge Date Earned
    (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________
    (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________
    (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________
    (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________
      _________________________ _________________________
      _________________________ _________________________
  4. While a First Class Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster.
  5. While a First Class Scout, serve actively in your troop for four months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster assigned leadership project to help the troop):
    Boy Scout troop.
    • Patrol leader,
    • assistant senior patrol leader,
    • senior patrol leader,
    • troop guide,
    • Order of the Arrow troop representative,
    • den chief,
    • scribe,
    • librarian,
    • historian,
    • quartermaster,
    • bugler,
    • junior assistant Scoutmaster,
    • chaplain aide,
    • instructor,
    • webmaster, or
    • outdoor ethics guide 4
    Varsity Scout team.
    • Captain,
    • co-captain,
    • program manager,
    • squad leader,
    • team secretary,
    • Order of the Arrow team representative,
    • librarian,
    • historian,
    • quartermaster,
    • chaplain aide,
    • instructor,
    • den chief,
    • webmaster, or
    • outdoor ethics guide
    Venturing crew / Sea Scout ship.
    • President,
    • vice president,
    • secretary,
    • treasurer,
    • den chief,
    • quartermaster,
    • historian,
    • guide,
    • boatswain,
    • boatswain's mate,
    • yeoman,
    • purser,
    • storekeeper, or
    • webmaster,

    Lone Scout.

    Leadership responsibility in your school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in your community.
     
  6. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parents Guide" and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade. 
  7. While a First Class Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference
  8. Successfully complete your board of review for the Star rank. 

LIFE

  1. Be active in your troop for at least six months as a Star Scout.
  2. As a Star Scout, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived the Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Earn five more merit badges (so that you have 11 in all), including any three additional badges from the required list for Eagle. You may choose any of the 17 merit badges on the required list for Eagle to fulfill this requirement. See Eagle rank requirement #3 for this list.
      Name of Merit Badge Date Earned
    (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________
    (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________
    (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________
      _________________________ _________________________
      _________________________ _________________________

     

  4. While a Star Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. At least 3 hours of this service must be conservation related.
  5. While a Star Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility (or carry out a unit leader-assigned leadership project to help the troop):
    Boy Scout troop.
    • Patrol leader,
    • assistant senior patrol leader,
    • senior patrol leader,
    • troop guide,
    • Order of the Arrow troop representative,
    • den chief,
    • scribe,
    • librarian,
    • historian,
    • quartermaster,
    • bugler,
    • junior assistant Scoutmaster,
    • chaplain aide,
    • instructor,
    • webmaster, or
    • outdoor ethics guide
    Varsity Scout team.
    • Captain,
    • co-captain,
    • program manager,
    • squad leader,
    • team secretary,
    • Order of the Arrow team representative,
    • librarian,
    • historian,
    • quartermaster,
    • chaplain aide,
    • instructor,
    • den chief,
    • webmaster, or
    • outdoor ethics guide
    Venturing crew / Sea Scout ship.
    • President,
    • vice president,
    • secretary,
    • treasurer,
    • den chief,
    • quartermaster,
    • historian,
    • guide,
    • boatswain,
    • boatswain's mate,
    • yeoman,
    • purser,
    • storekeeper, or
    • webmaster,

    Lone Scout.

    Leadership responsibility in your school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in your community.
     
  6. While a Star Scout, use the Teaching EDGE method to teach another Scout (preferably younger than you) the skills from ONE of the following choices, so that he is prepared to pass those requirements to his Scoutmaster's satisfaction.
    1. Tenderfoot - 4a and 4b (first aid)
    2. Second Class - 2b, 2c, and 2d (cooking/camping)
    3. Second Class - 3a and 3d(navigation)
    4. First Class - 3a, 3b, 3c, and 3d (tools)
    5. First Class - 4a and 4b (navigation)
    6. Second Class - 6a and 6b (first aid)
    7. First Class - 7a and 7b (first aid)
    8. Three requirements from one of the required Eagle merit badges, as approved by your Scoutmaster.
  7. While a Star Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference
  8. Successfully complete your board of review for the Life rank. 

EAGLE

  1. Be active in your troop for a period of at least six months as a Life Scout.
  2. As a Life Scout, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God, how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life, and how your understanding of the Scout Oath and Scout Law will guide your life in the future. List on your Eagle Scout Rank Application the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf, including parents/guardians, religious (if not affiliated with an organized religion, then the parent or guardian provides this reference), educational, employer (if employed), and two other references.
  3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than required for the Life rank), including these 13 merit badges:
    1. First Aid
    2. Citizenship in the Community
    3. Citizenship in the Nation
    4. Citizenship in the World
    5. Communication
    6. Cooking
    7. Personal Fitness
    8. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
    9. Environmental Science OR Sustainability
    10. Personal Management
    11. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
    12. Camping, and
    13. Family Life

    You must choose only one of the merit badges listed in categories h, i, and k. Any additional merit badge(s) earned in those categories may be counted as one of your eight optional merit badges used to make your total of 21.

      Name of Merit Badge: Date Earned:
    1. _________________________ _________________________
    2. _________________________ _________________________
    3. _________________________ _________________________
    4. _________________________ _________________________
    5. _________________________ _________________________
    6. _________________________ _________________________
    7. _________________________ _________________________
    8. _________________________ _________________________
    9. _________________________ _________________________
    10. _________________________ _________________________
  4. While a Life Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility:9
    Boy Scout troop.
    • Patrol leader,
    • assistant senior patrol leader,
    • senior patrol leader,
    • troop guide,
    • Order of the Arrow troop representative,
    • den chief,
    • scribe,
    • librarian,
    • historian,
    • quartermaster,
    • junior assistant Scoutmaster,
    • chaplain aide,
    • instructor,
    • webmaster, or
    • outdoor ethics guide.
    Varsity Scout team.
    • Captain,
    • co-captain,
    • program manager,
    • squad leader,
    • team secretary,
    • Order of the Arrow team representative,
    • librarian,
    • historian
    • quartermaster,
    • chaplain aide,
    • instructor,
    • den chief.
    • webmaster, or
    • outdoor ethics guide.
    Venturing crew / Sea Scout ship.
    • President,
    • vice president,
    • secretary,
    • treasurer,
    • quartermaster
    • historian
    • den chief,
    • guide
    • boatswain,
    • boatswain's mate,
    • yeoman,
    • purser,
    • storekeeper, or
    • webmaster
    Lone Scout. Leadership responsibility in your school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in your community.
  5. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than the Boy Scouts of America.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 512-927, in meeting this requirement. (To learn more about the Eagle Scout service project, see the Guide to Advancement, topics 9.0.2.0 through 9.0.2.15.)
  6. While a Life Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

In preparation for your board of review, prepare and attach to your Eagle Scout Rank Application a statement of your ambitions and life purpose and a listing of positions held in your religious institution, school, camp, community, or other organizations, during which you demonstrated leadership skills. Include honors and awards received during this service.

  1. Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle Scout rank. (This requirement may be met after age 18 in accordance with Guide to Advancement, topic 8.0.3.1.)

EAGLE PALMS

After becoming an Eagle Scout, you may earn Palms by completing the following requirements:

  1. Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 3 months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after the award of last Palm.**
  2. Since earning the Eagle Scout rank or your last Eagle Palm, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability.
  4. Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for Eagle or last Palm.***.
  5. While an Eagle Scout participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  6. Successfully complete your board of review for the Eagle Palm.