Advancement is an important part of Scouting. It is a measure of a Scout’s growth and progress. Each Scout keeps his own personal advancement record and a record of his service, campouts, troop activities and leadership positions in his copy of the Boy Scout Handbook. The troop also keeps advancement records.
Scouts can work on advancements individually, with their fellow Scouts, with Scout Leaders and with parents. Opportunities to complete many advancements are available during patrol meetings, troop meetings, campouts and additional outings.
In Troop 125, we use the EDGE method to help Scout’s master skills. First, you Explain how it’s done. Then, you Demonstrate the steps just explained. Next, you Guide the learners as they practice. Finally, you Enable them to succeed.
In order to have a requirement “signed off”, Scouts need to demonstrate proficiency in the skill to an adult leader or to select senior Scouts. Skills need to be reinforced through repeated practice even after the skill has been “signed off”.
Each Scout must meet with a Scoutmaster for a Scoutmaster Conference in order to advance in rank. To count towards rank advancement, a Scoutmaster Conference must take place after all other requirements are complete.
For the review, a Scout needs to have his Boy Scout Handbook, a completed Scoutmaster conference form, and must appear in full ‘Class A’ uniform. The conference is to discuss their goals and accomplishments and is required for each rank advancement. It also provides the opportunity for the Scout to give feedback on the troop to the Scoutmaster.
Scoutmaster Conferences for the Scout through First Class ranks can be held with the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster. Conferences for the ranks of Star, Life, and Eagle must be held specifically with the Scoutmaster. Following the Scoutmaster Conference, a Scout may request a Board of Review to advance in rank.
Board of Review (BoR)
After completing the rank requirements and getting approval through a Scoutmaster Conference, the Scout must contact the Troop Scribe to sign up in advance for a Board of Review (typically held during a Troop meeting). A Board of Review is required for each rank advancement.
The Board is made up of non-uniformed adult volunteers to ensure an impartial review. For the review, a Scout needs to have his Boy Scout Handbook and must appear in full ‘Class A’ uniform. The review will discuss the Scout’s trail to Eagle, test him on required knowledge and skills for the rank, and evaluate him in terms of troop activities and preparedness for the new rank.
The Scout may also provide feedback to the Board about activities and their scouting experience. The Board will inform the Scout whether he qualifies for the next rank or what actions they must take to qualify. The BoR also provides feedback to the troop committee on the effectiveness of the T125 Scouting program and the adult leaders.
Note the BoR date becomes the effective advancement date, so BoRs are scheduled promptly as Scouts are ready so Scouts are not delayed in beginning time-oriented requirements for the next rank.
Recognition of Advancement
Troop recognition and badges are generally awarded at the next Troop meeting. Formal recognition with family and friends in attendance is done at a Court of Honor, usually held twice each year.