Advancement is the process by which youth members progress through the ranks in the Scouting program, by gradual mastery of Scouting skills. Ranks are simply a means to an end, not an end in themselves. Everything boys do to advance and earn these ranks, from the day they join until the day they leave the program, should be designed to help boys have an exciting and meaningful experience.
Boy Scout Advancement, A Four Step Process:
The Ranks Within A Scout Troop Are Scout (or joining); Tenderfoot; Second Class; First Class; Star; Life; Eagle
Scout requires only some simple memorization and a Scoutmaster's Conference. Tenderfoot, Second and First Classes require that the Scout learn and show some proficiency in a series of "Scout Skills" which are usually taught by Scouts who have already attained that rank. The skills learning is followed by a Scoutmaster's Conference and a Board of Review. The Scoutmaster (or Assistant Scoutmaster) will be interested in determining what the Scout learned and what his goals are for his next step in Scouting. The Board of Review will be interested in:
This is a time to determine the Scout's attitude and his acceptance of Scouting ideals -- the Oath and Law.
The Boy Scouts of America requires that a First Class Scout serve in a position of leadership (as a First Class Scout) for at least 4 months before he can be considered for Star Rank. A Star Scout must serve in a position of leadership (after a successful Star Board of Review) for at least 6 months before he can be considered for Life Rank.