Advancement within the Troop represents a significant departure from the advancement procedures with which parents and Cub Scouts are familiar. In the Troop each Scout is individually responsible for attaining rank and for his rate of advancement. Parental involvement is to encourage and assist, but not to sign for, advancement. If a Scout needs to be taught a specific requirement or if he is ready to be tested on requirements he believes he has completed it is his responsibility to notify his Patrol Leader or Senior Patrol Leader .
TENDERFOOT/ SECOND CLASS/ FIRST CLASS
Opportunities are presented during meetings and other activities for Scouts to learn, be reviewed and tested on the various requirements. Since there is a large group of Scouts the material may be presented only once during a year; If a Scout misses a meeting or activity he will need to make other arrangements with a leader to get tested. The Scout should request his Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader or Senior Patrol Leader to review the requirements with him and sign off on any that are completed. The Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters or a specifically designated person may be required to sign off on some advancement requirements. These will be made known to the Scout seeking advancement.
Parents who hold adult leadership positions ARE NOT permitted to sign off on their son's advancement requirements. They are, however permitted to sign merit badge "blue cards" if they have taught the merit badge and their son was a participant.
Scouts seeking advancement must participate in a scoutmaster conference to obtain approval to present themselves to a Board of Review.
STAR/ LIFE/ EAGLE
Advancement to these ranks is predominantly based on the completion of Merit Badges, Service Projects and display of troop leadership abilities and "Scout Spirit."
There are several required merit badges a Scout must obtain prior to earning these ranks. A limited number of merit badge classes may be offered by the Troop as a part of the Troop program, however, a Scout should not wait for these limited opportunities. Each Scout should make his own arrangements with merit badge counselors if he is serious about advancement.
Scouts seeking advancement must be reviewed by the Troop Board of Review after obtaining approval from the Scoutmaster to do so. Eagle Scout applicants are reviewed by the District Board of Review as well.
The purpose of the merit badge program is to encourage Scouts to move outside of the tight Troop structure and into the adult community to seek advancement opportunities. Merit badges represent a predominantly independent area of study. Each Scout is required to earn certain merit badges for each rank advancement. The remaining merit badges may be selected based on individual preference. Until reaching the rank of Second Class a Scout is strongly encouraged to concentrate on rank advancement and not merit badges.
The Troop will strive to maintain a list of approved merit badge counselors.
Procedures for merit badge applicants:
- Request a "blue card" from the Scoutmaster. Tell him the merit badge you want to work on and
the Counselor's name. Depending on your present level of advancement the Scoutmaster may decline to issue you a "blue card." The Board of Review will not accept a merit badge application without a signed "blue card."
- Call the merit badge counselor to determine how he wants you to proceed. Some counselors teach merit badges in classes while others require you to complete certain requirements before they meet with you.
- Merit badges must generally be completed within three months of the time the "blue card" is issued. Some require longer because of unique requirements. Check with the Counselor and the Scoutmaster on this item. Requirements not completed within the proper time frames will mean that you must start over again.
BOARD OF REVIEW
The Board of Review is composed of registered Troop adults, an of whom are members of the Troop Committee. Their purpose is to review an rank advancements and merit badge completion and report the results to the Council office. Boards of Review will be held only on specifically scheduled dates (generally, the first Monday meeting of each month, and the two weeks prior to a Court of Honor). If a Scout does not complete an requirements and attend the Board of Review he will not receive advancement recognition until the next scheduled Board of Review.
COURT OF HONOR
The Court of Honor is the formal ceremony wherein each Scout is recognized for his achievements during the past three to four month period. This is a very special occasion devoted to the Scouts. Parents, relatives and friends should be invited to attend.
Courts of Honor are social events and may range from a simple dessert social to a Troop banquet. The social aspect is planned and arranged by the parents and the program specifics are prepared by the Scouts and Scout adult leadership.
Eagle Scouts have the option of requesting a separate Court of Honor to recognize this auspicious occasion. The entire evening is planned by the Eagle candidate, his parents and the Troop leadership.