Ranks of Scouting

Earning the Rank of Scout

  1. Complete the requirements listed under the rank of "Scout" in the handbook
  2. Have all requirements signed off by the Scoutmaster or by an Assistant Scoutmaster
  3. Show the signed off page to the Advancement Chair, or email a photo of the completed and signed off page to the Advancement Chair
  4. The Advancement chair will update the Scout's records and the Scout will receive the Scout rank patch during the next troop meeting
  5. The next rank is Tenderfoot

Earning All Other Ranks

  1. Work through the requirements in the Scout handbook for the next rank
  2. Set up a Scoutmaster Conference after completing all the requirements for the rank. The Scout can do this by emailing or going in person and talking to the Scoutmaster
  3. Once the Scoutmaster conference is complete, contact the Advancement Chair to set up a board of review. The review is the last step to achieving a new rank
  4. The Eagle rank is the final step for a Scout and needs to be achieved before a Scout turns 18yrs of age. The requirements and process to attain this rank is a little different.

New Requirements 2016

  1. Boys joining on or after Jan. 1, 2016 must use the new requirements. 

  2. Boys who have joined prior to Jan. 1, 2016:

  3. Who are working on the Scout badge may continue to work on the existing requirements, but must convert to the new requirements upon completion of the Scout badge.
  4. Who are working on Tenderfoot through First Class may continue to work on the existing requirements, but must convert to the new requirements upon attaining First Class
  5. Who have completed First Class may complete the rank they are currently working on in the existing requirements, but then must convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.
  6. For 2017: All Scouts must use the new requirements regardless of rank.

The Scoutmaster Conference

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.

The Board of Review

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.

    Uniform checklist for a board of review:

  1. Full uniform including socks
  2. Scout belt
  3. Scout handbook
  4. Merit badge sash
  5. The most recent Journey To Excellence patch your troop has earned
  6. Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council patch
  7. Patrol patch

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.

Merit Badges

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

Merit Badge Sash

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

Blue card

    About The Bluecard:

  1. The blue card has three parts: The "application for merit badge" portion, the "applicant’s record" portion, and the "counselor’s record" portion
  2. The Scout needs to fill out the “application for merit badge” portion and all fields that provide information about the Scout and the counselor.
  3. As the Scout progresses towards learning his topic, the counselor will record the dates and requirements that have been completed.
  4. Once the Scout completes all the requirements for a merit badge, his counselor will sign off the blue card as “complete” and will retain the counselor’s record portion of the card, and give the remaining two portions back to the Scout.
  5. The Scout then hands off the remaining two portions of the completed blue card to the Advancement Chair to record the merit badge.
  6. Once the record for the Scout has been updated with the new merit badge, the Scout will receive the merit badge in the next troop meeting.
  7. The “applicant’s record” of the blue card will be returned to the Scout along with the badge and an award card. The "application for merit badge" is the troop's portion and will be filed as a part of the troop’s records.
  8. All blue cards and award cards that a Scout gets back from the Advancement Chair must be filed away safely. Blue cards for all earned merit badges need to be presented during the Eagle Board of Review.

The Court of Honor

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.