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In order to obtain these ranks there are certain requirements you must achieve. We work on these requirements in weekly meetings. All of the requirements are listed in the black pages in the Scouts BSA handbook. You can track your progress on scoutbook. A scout may work on the scout through first class ranks at the same time but still must earn them in order. We work on rank advancement very often in our weekly troop meetings and the optional monthly trips help a lot but are not essential. As a scout you have until your 18 birthday to get to the rank of Eagle before you age out of scouting. While most scouts make it some do not but just remember to try your hardest and have fun along the way.
Scout: Scout is the first rank in the BSA and thus is used to teach new Scouts about the values that all BSA members abide by. From the Scout Motto to the Scout Law new members will get their first taste of what it is to be a Scouts BSA member.
Tenderfoot: The Tenderfoot rank is the first real step on the path to Eagle Scout. To achieve it you will find yourself tying knots, learning the basics of first aid, and going on new adventures with your Scouts BSA troop. When you complete Tenderfoot, while it may seem unbelievable now, Eagle Scout is already within your grasp.
Second Class: To become a second class scout you must build upon the skills you have learned in Tenderfoot and the Scout rank before it. Swimming, knots, advanced first aid, and more knots are what await you. These valuable skills will come in handy when you least expect it.
First Class: By completing this rank you will cement yourself as a valued member of the troop. To attain it you must put all of the skills you have learned up until this point to use. More advanced knots, cooking, and life saving techniques are detailed in this rank and upon attaining it you will gain the coveted title of "Older Scout".
Star Scout: While First Class may cement you as a member of your troop, Star Scout will cement you as a leader. From service hours to leadership positions in your Scouts BSA troop you will learn some important skills in leadership, and humility. Star Scout is also the first rank where merit badges are required. Merit Badges are detailed in the other section of "Advancement".
Life Scout: Life Scout builds on the skills of Star and prepares you for Eagle. More service hours, leadership, and merit badges await you, but it will be worth it for the payoff in the end.
Eagle Scout: To become an Eagle Scout is to become the epitome of what it is to be a Scout. To become an Eagle Scout you must complete a total of 21 merit badges. These range from Emergency Preparedness to Environmental Science these merit badges will teach you essential skills and might introduce you to your new favorite hobbies. You also must complete an Eagle Project. This is a huge undertaking that every scout must complete to become an Eagle Scout. Your Eagle Project can take many forms but all are made to help the community. When you are finished so to will your journey through the ranks of scouts BSA. What happens next no one can say, but one thing is for certain, because of your journey through scouts you will conquer any problem you face with grace and humility.