On my honor
I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my Country and
To obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
and morally straight.
Three Promises of the Oath-
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
As an American, I will do my best to - Be clean in my outdoor manners, - Be careful with fire,
- Be considerate in the outdoors, and Be conservation minded.
USE THIS VIDEO TO LEARN HOW TO UPLOAD PHOTOS OF RANK ADVANCEMENT PAGES TO SCOUTBOOK:
READ THIS DOCUMENT ON HOW TO
PROPERLY COMPLETE A BLUE CARD
AND SUBMIT IT FOR APPROVAL:
Rank Requirement Sign Off Policy-
The Scoutmasters have the following policy on who can who can sign off on a scout's rank requirements. The ability to do so is an honor and privilege that should not be taken lightly. The policy has been updated to better ensure timely sign-offs when requirements have been met. Siblings and parents must not sign off on rank requirements.
Who can sign off on a scouts rank requirements: Updated May 2022
Earning a Rank-
After the scout has completed all the rank requirements for a rank, he or she needs to meet with the Scoutmaster for the Scoutmaster Conference.
After that the scout needs to meet with a Board of Review. These can be completed at a Troop Meeting. Ask at least two adults in uniform plus one other adult to conduct your Board of Review.
When you have successfully completed the BOR, you must show your rank sheets to Mr Polacheck so the information can be logged in your official BSA record.
You can show him in person or UPLOAD photos of the pages to your rank on Scoutbook.
"Becoming an Eagle" tab will walk you through the process and provide you with all the necessary forms and contact information you will need to start and finish the Eagle rank.
Boy Scout Ranks
Scouts work at their own pace to show skills through Merit Badges and Rank Advancement. Ranks are at the back of the Boy Scout handbook and refer to pages throughout the handbook for the specific skills. The ranks are Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life and Eagle.There is lots of guidance through adults and older boys within the troop, but it is up to the boy to work through these ranks at his own pace. Achieving First Class is a milestone for the boys because many High Adventure trips, among other things, require a rank of First Class.
Troop 49 provides a great opportunity for the boys to progress through the many requirements for the early ranks leading up to First Class through the New Scout Transition Program. Boys will work with the New Scout Leadership at Thursday scout meetings and during Project First Class at Camp Long Lake to learn these advancement skills. These specific ranks do not require merit badges, so the focus is on more general and basic boy scout skills. These requirements can be worked on in any order and as they are completed, the counselor will sign off on them in the scout's handbook. It is important to keep track of the handbook as this is the only record for the scout to prove he has completed these requirements(needed for the Eagle application). Some parents make photo copies of these important pages that are signed off in the handbook prior those events where the book may become lost, such as summer camp.
When a scout has completed all the requirements for a particular rank, he will notify the scoutmaster and request a scoutmaster conference. This is a one on one meeting with the scoutmaster to review how the scout is doing. It is a fabulous opportunity for the scout to ask questions and is a nice way for the scoutmaster to get to know the boy more personally. They will likely review the progress the scout is making and has made on the rank achievements.
Following the Scoutmaster conference for any rank,the scout will appear before a Board of Review. This is a meeting with several troop adults who will also review the boy's completion of his requirements, ask the scout questions about things he's done or looking ahead to do, and also ask him to perform some tasks such as tying a knot.
The ranks after First Class have more of a merit badge focus. The requirements ask for a certain number of merit badges, some leadership, and some service.
You might think of rank advancements in relation to the Cub Scout ranks of Bear, Wolf, etc. except in Boy Scouts the rank does not come with age, but with completing the requirements.
The scout will receive recognition of any rank advancement and a patch for his shirt during a troop meeting or the next Troop Court of Honor.
Print out the new 13th edition requirements for your current and next ranks and insert them in your Scout Book.
(Be sure to print 'two-sided' if booklet format is desired.)