The boy scout advancement program encourages scouts to master skills and meet significant challenges. Each rank progression stretches the scout and leads to confidence gain, personal growth and feelings of self-worth.

Requirements for each rank are outlined in the Boy Scout Handbook.

Here are some key pointers:

  1. It’s your responsibility to get sign offs

  2. Get sign offs in patrol meetings and during all Troop functions like camp outs

  3. Bring your Scout Book to every meeting

  4. Scout can earn the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class at the same time

  5. Older scouts (Star, Life, Eagle). and a Assistant Scout Masters can sign off on requirements


Initial Rank: Scout. Introduces basic scout principles.

Early Ranks: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class. These early ranks focus on basic scouting skills (camping, hiking, first aid, knots), demonstrating fitness, and practicing safety.

Later Ranks: Star, Life, Eagle. These later ranks focus on service, leadership and achievement (merit badges). There is no timetable for advancement, but Eagle must be earned before the scout reaches his 18th birthday. Merit badges are required to advance through these later levels.

Serving in a position of responsibility and leadership is required for advancement to the higher ranks of Star, LIfe, and Eagle. Leadership is action. Leadership is not just a title. If the requirement says you have to fulfill a leadership role for six months, then the Scoutmaster will ask the Scout to list the specific actions they took in each of those six months. This requirement is the same whether the position is a patrol leader or quartermaster. Of course, the types of actions will vary depending on the position the Scout

Scoutmaster Conference

Purpose: The Scoutmaster Conference is designed to develop understanding and trust between the Scoutmaster and the Scout as the boy grows and matures in Scouting. The relationship developed in the Scoutmaster’s Conference permits the Scoutmaster to guide the Scout along the Trail to Eagle.

The following conditions must be met in order for a Scout to participate in a Scoutmaster Conference. If they are not met the conference will be postponed

1. The Scout must notify the Scoutmaster in advance.

2. The Scout must be dressed in full class A uniform.

3. The Scout must bring his Scout Handbook with him.

4. The Scout must be prepared to address the Scoutmaster Conference.

If the the scoutmasters conference is successful the Advancement chair will be informed and the scout may go before a Board of Review

Board of Review

Purpose: The purpose of a BOR is to review the knowledge the scout has gained by performing skills for the rank requirements, and also to discuss the Scout’s experiences with the troop. The BOR is a good forum to gain feedback from scouts about what they especially enjoyed (or did not enjoy) during the recent past and what activities they might like for the future.

Composition: The Board of Review is comprised of three members of the Advancement Committee including the Advancement Chairperson.

The following criteria must be met by any Scout asking to meet with the BOR:

1. Successful completion of a Scoutmaster’s Conference.

2. Scout must notify the Advancement Chairperson in advance.

3. The Scout must be in full Class A uniform upon arrival at the Scout Cabin.

4. The Scout must bring his Scout Handbook with him.

5. The Scout must be prepared to address the Board and discuss his experiences in completing rank requirements.

Results of Board of Review: The decision of the Board will be conveyed to the Scout by the Board after a short conference the same evening.

Once approved at the BOR the scout is honored by the Troop and its families at a Court of Honor.

Merit Badges

Merit badges are only required for advancement to the ranks of First Class and higher. Of course, boys can start working on Merit Badges the day they join Scouts.

Merit Badge Counselors

Key pointers for getting Merit Badges

  • Check out Merit Badge pamphlets from the Troop 29 library

  • Meet with the Merit Badge Counselor and be prepared

  • Have your blue card ready

When the Scout is ready to meet with the Merit Badge Counselor, the Scout asks the Scoutmaster for a blue Merit Badge card. The Scoutmaster signs it and the Boy Scout contacts the MB counselor to schedule an appointment. The Troop Scoop contains a list of all the adults in Troop 29 who are MB counselors and what they are approved to sign for. If the Scout is interested in a MB that isn't covered by one of our counselors, then the Advancement Chair can provide a council-wide list of available counselors. When the Scout arrives for the MB meeting, they should be prepared to demonstrate that they have completed the requirements. The MB counselor may give some guidance or help the Scout expand their understanding, but the Scout should come prepared. The MB counselor signs off each of the requirements for the badge on the blue card. When all of the requirements are met, the MB counselor signs off and the Scout brings it to the Scoutmaster for final signature. The blue card then goes to the Committee Advancement Chair so they can record the badge in the official Boy Scout records and purchase the badge for award at the next Court of Honor. See the Merit Badge link on the left for more information about the process, including the requirements for adult MB counselors.