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
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
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 451 Scout, Scout Sunday, and any
other troop activities which the Scoutmaster decides
count as activities. A week at Summer Camp counts as TWO
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
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
Can YOU earn the highest rank in Scouting?
Of course you can! It just takes hard work and
determination. Plaques with the names of all Eagle
Scouts who have earned this high honor in Troop 451 are
mounted on the fireplace of the Calhoon Cabin. Maybe one
day your name will be on that plaque, too!
Extra Information for
Eagle Scout Candidates
Troop 451 has a great track record in producing
Eagle Scouts and we want you to Make It !
Check out these links for more information.