How do I advance in rank? You start out at Scout, and work your way up to Eagle, the highest rank. New Scouts in the training patrols will work hard on completing the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class Scout as soon as possible.

1.  Demonstrate the skills and knowledge required for the rank. Pass-offs for rank requirements of Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class are done by any First Class or higher rank Scout. This will usually be a Troop Guide, but can also be an adult leader. The requirements for all the Scout ranks are found in the Handbook. The requirements are signed off ONLY in your Scout Handbook. You should therefore bring your Handbook to every troop meeting or activity and remember to take it home with you each time. If you lose the Handbook, you will have to re-pass any signed-off requirements for the next rank.

2.  Participate in troop activities Participation is required for advancement to the Second and First Class Ranks. These things count as one activity each: A troop camping trip or special event, troop Court of Honor, Eagle Scout Court of Honor, troop service project, a day’s work on the Eagle Scout service project of a Troop 164 Scout, Scout Sunday, and any other troop activities which the Scoutmaster decides count as activities. A week at Summer Camp counts as TWO activities!

3.  Have a conference with the Scoutmaster. When you have finished all the requirements for a rank, you will have a brief Scoutmaster conference to see how things are going.

4.  Pass a Board of Review. Finally, you must pass a Board of Review to see if you are ready for the rank. A Board of Review is an oral discussion about scouting. The Boards of Review for all ranks except Eagle are held by making an appointment with the Troop Advancement Chairman. The members of the Board of Review will ask you certain questions to make sure that you are ready to earn the rank you are seeking, so be prepared and know your stuff! If you pass, then tell the Scoutmaster and he will give you your new rank that night. If you do not pass, then the Board of Review members will tell you what you need to fix so that you can come back another time to try again. Be in full uniform and on time for your Boards of Review!

5.  Get your new badge of rank! After you have met the requirements for advancement, including the Scoutmaster conference and the Board of Review, you will receive the badge of rank for your uniform from the Scoutmaster at the Troop meeting. At the next Court of Honor, all ranks and merit badges earned since the last Court of Honor are publicly  recognized and you will receive a recognition card for each achievement. The Court of Honor is a special ceremony held three times a year in place of a regular troop meeting.

Can YOU earn the highest rank in Scouting? Of course you can! It just takes hard work and determination. Pictures with the names of all Eagle Scouts who have earned this high honor in Troop 164 are mounted on the inside of the Scout Hut. Maybe one day your name and picture will be on that wall, too!