Scoutmaster conferences can be conducted by the Scoutmaster or any Assistant Scoutmaster for the ranks of Scout through First Class. Only the Scoutmaster can conduct Scoutmaster Conferences for Star, Life, Eagle, and Eagle Palms. A Scout must have a note from the Scribe saying he is paid up on dues and a note from a Quartermaster saying he doesn’t have any gear checked out of the quartermaster shack at the time of the Scoutmaster Conference. The notes must also be shown at the Board of Review. Scouts should be prepared to tie the knots for all ranks below the one being completed at each Scoutmaster Conference. The knots include two half hitches, taut-line hitch, bowline, clove hitch, and timber hitch. The goal of the Scoutmaster Conference is for the Scoutmaster to assess the Scout’s readiness to advance and to review his participation in treks and other troop activities. It is a time for the Scoutmaster to guide the Scout in his advancement and participation and answer any questions the Scout may have. The Scoutmaster and Scout will review and execute the Life to Eagle Scout Agreement during the Life Scoutmaster Conference. This agreement clarifies the expectations of the Scout on his quest for Eagle.
Once the Scout has participated in a Scoutmaster Conference and has that requirement signed off,
the Scout needs to schedule a Board of Review by emailing the Advancement Chair. The purpose of the review is to give the Scout an opportunity to talk about how he is getting along in the troop, and to review the rank requirements to ensure that they have been met. Reviews are held on Thursdays starting at 7pm. Tenderfoot, and Second class reviews are about 20 minutes, and all other ranks are 30 minutes. To schedule a review on Thursday, the Scout needs to send his request in by the weekend prior. The Advancement Chair will send the Scout an email confirmation for the Board of Review with time and board details by Wednesday evening. The review board is usually made up of the troop's parent volunteers.
Note to parents: No prior experience is necessary for parents to volunteer for a Board of Review. Volunteering to do a review is the easiest way for parents to help the troop. Our troop conducts reviews almost every week and we are always looking for help.
Scouts can email the Advancement Chair requesting copies of their individual participation report, individual progress report, and individual history report at anytime to help with planning their advancement.
During the review, the Scouts need to be prepared to discuss their scouting experience, recite the Oath, Law, Outdoor Code, Slogan, Motto, etc. The Scouts need to be familiar with their uniform and all the patches that they are wearing.
There are more than 100 merit badges available that a Scout can earn. As the Scout advances, each rank requires a certain number of merit badges including the Eagle required ones. Click here
For each merit badge that a Scout is working on, he will need a blue card and a counselor to teach and guide him through the merit badge requirements. The Blue card is a nationally recognized merit badge record and is an important piece of documentation that needs to be kept safe. Blue cards are available only through the Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster can also provide information on counselors for various merit badges. For more information about the merit badge program click here
A court of honor is a troop activity where scouts and their families come together to get their awards, and celebrate the scouts’ advancements and achievements. It is important for the scouts' family members to be there for their Scout receiving his rank advancement, merit badges, and other awards. We have a court of honor three times a year: January, April, and October. The October gathering includes a potluck dinner. If your Scout has advanced a rank, please attend the court of honor to participate and recognize your Scout’s advancement. This is the family’s chance to appreciate the Scout and encourage him in his journey. The Scout will have a pin for mom/dad, and will pin it on mom/ when his name is called.