Advancement is an important part of the Troop program. The Boy Scout Handbook and the merit badge books are the primary sources of information about advancement. Merit badges and rank advancement are the responsibility of each Scout.
First Year Scouts
During the first year new Scouts should be working on advancement through First Class. Merit badges may be earned but are not a requirement for advancement and should not be the Scout's primary goal. Skills can be earned in any order. A Tenderfoot Scout can earn First Class skills, and they will count for his First Class rank. However, he cannot advance to First Class Rank until all previous ranks are complete. First year scouts should make every effort to attend Summer Camp. Most camps offer a first year program that will allow the Scout to complete many of the requirements through First Class.
Star, Life & Eagle Scouts
Once a Scout has obtained First Class he should begin planning out his advancement for Star, Life and Eagle ranks. At this point merit badges, service projects and leadership positions will become the focus of his advancement.
Merit Badges are offered in the Troop meetings on the 1st and 3rd weeks of the month. If a Scout wishes to work on a merit badge outside of the meetings, it is the Scout's job to make contact with the Merit Badge Counselor. Counselors should not take calls from parents.
Merit Badge counselors can be found on this website. If you don't find a counselor for the badge that you are seeking, the Scoutmaster can help you with finding one.
Merit badge books are available from the Scout Shop, or ask the Librarian if the Troop has a copy.
Leadership Positions are required for Star, Life, and Eagle ranks. The Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the troop. All other positions are appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader. Immediately after SPL elections, all scouts have an opportunity to apply for the position of his choice and state why he should be selected.
One of the Troops primary themes in supporting the Aims and Methods of Scouting is Service. Service Hours completed for rank advancement may not be used to complete a Merit Badge Requirement and vice-versa. Service which is only of benefit to the Troop will not count for rank advancement. Advancement service must be for Church, Community, or School.
Scouts of any rank can arrange for service projects that benefit the community. However, if the project will require Troop resources then the project should be presented to the Patrol Leaders' Council for discussion, scheduling and Scoutmaster approval.
A Scoutmaster Conference is required for any advancement in rank. The Scout is responsible for scheduling a conference. All other requirements for advancement must be completed prior to the Scoutmaster Conference. Class A uniform is required. The Scout should bring his Boy Scout Handbook and Scout binder to his Scoutmaster Conference.
Eagle service projects must be approved by the troop committee and council committee in advance of beginning any work. The Eagle candidate must take into consideration the lead time required for these approvals in planning work schedules. The brief to the troop committee shall outline the scope, scale and requirements of the proposed project. Fundraising can be a part of the Eagle Project, but cannot be the end goal. Scouts should meet with the Life to Eagle Advisor for help in planning the Eagle Project.
Note: All Eagle Projects must be approved at Catalina Council.
Board of Reviews
The members of a Board of Review should have the following objectives in mind:
-To make sure the Scout has completed the requirements for the rank.
-To see how good an experience the Scout is having in the unit.
-To encourage the Scout to progress further.
Additionally, the Board of Review provides "quality control" on advancement within the unit, it provides an opportunity for the Scout to develop and practice those skills needed in a interview situation, and it is an opportunity for the Scout to review his accomplishments.
The Board of Review is an opportunity to review of the Scout's attitudes, accomplishments and his acceptance of Scouting ideals. Boards of Review for Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and 1st Class will test the Scout's knowledge of tthe required skills. This is a departure from BSA guidelines but Troop 007 feels strongly that the Scouts must know these skills prior to teaching youger scouts as a First Class Scout.
The Board of Review is generally held during the regular troop meeting. The Board of Review must be scheduled in advance with the Board of Review Scheduling Coordinator.