Boy Scout Archives: Boy Scout Life Rank
Life is the fifth rank a Boy Scout can earn. It is earned after Star. A Scout working on life continues to develop leadership, participates in service projects, and earns merit badges.
Service Hours Form What should be on a service hours form for Scouts or units wanting to record their participation in service projects?
Board of Review Questions Reader Shelley asked "I'm a new Troop Committee Chair and was wondering if anyone has some great questions that they ask their Scouts during their Board of Reviews?" Sometimes committee members struggle to come up with good Board of Review questions.
Messengers of Peace The Boy Scouts of America joined the Messengers of Peace initiative in 2012. This program encourages Scouts around the world to work for peace by being a positive force in their communities.
Losing Interest in Boy Scouts A reader asks "The fun is gone. I know Boy Scouts is different than Cubs, but is it supposed to be no fun? Is there a suggestion I can take to the Scoutmaster that might help him keep these boys interested?"
How the Boy Scout Law Relates to the Ten Commandments Comparing the 10 Commandments to the Boy Scout Law is an interesting activity for any Boy Scout group.
Developing Teen Leadership: A Practical Guide for Youth Group Advisors, Teachers and Parents This is not an academic or theoretical book on youth leadership. It is a relentlessly practical guide on how to effectively guide teens to become leaders.
The Eagle Court of Honor Book The Eagle Court of Honor Book is the complete guide to Scouting's greatest moment. It covers every aspect of staging an Eagle Scout court of honor.
The Scoutmaster's Other Handbook Proven ideas for building strong, successful, sustainable troops that truly achieve the promise of Scouting - from meetings and outings to administration.
Klutz Book of Knots I have to admit that knots are not my strong suit. This book has really helped me learn the various knots I needed to teach to my Cub Scouts.
A Scout Leader's Guide to Youth Leadership Training: Working the Patrol Method A must read for anyone involved in Boy Scouts. The patrol method can seem illogical and inefficient if you don’t understand it’s purpose and implementation. This book will help both Scouters and parents.
Journey To Excellence Service Projects The Journey to Excellence Service Project initiative encourages Scouting units to carry out meaningful service projects.
Hiking Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Either the Cycling merit badge OR the Hiking merit badge OR the Swimming merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout. Boy Scouts who earn more than one of these badges may count the additional badges as electives.
First Aid Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Knowing first aid is a basic Boy Scout skill. Even if a Boy Scout doesn't use his first aid knowledge to save a life someday, at least he will have the skills he needs to take care of common injuries. And that will help him develop independence.
Citizenship in the World Merit Badge for Boy Scouts The Citizenship in the World merit badge is required for Boy Scouts to earn the rank of Eagle Scout
Attendance Expectations for Boy Scouts You might notice that the troop leadership position descriptions which our troop uses have attendance expectations on them Some people have asked me how we enforce these. Well, we do not. These are not demands or requirements in our troop. Instead we use them to indicate to the youth what sort of time requirements are typical for the position.
Troop Service Project – Blood Drive Setup Our troop was asked to help set up for a blood drive at our church. The only hitch - it had to be set up by 7:30 AM! Getting Scouts to arrive that early can be difficult. It's not necessarily the boys who are the hold up either. Many of the parents don't enjoy getting up that early to drive them up there. Their solution - spend the night.
Personal Management Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Boy Scouts can improve their financial literacy and time management skills when they earn the Personal Management merit badge. This badge is required for the rank of Eagle.
Public Service Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts The focus in this program feature is citizenship and service. Younger Boy Scouts can work on flag etiquette, flag ceremonies, and their rights and duties as US Citizens. Older Scouts could work on the Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World merit badges.
Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Working on the Citizenship in the Community merit badge helps Boy Scouts understand their role in their local community. The Citizenship in the Community merit badge is required for the rank of Eagle Scout.
Communications Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Communications merit badge is one of the Boy Scout merit badges which is required for the rank of Eagle. Unlike many of the Eagle required badges, this one really lends itself to being worked on in a group meeting setting. So this is one that could be the basis for a series of troop meetings.
Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge for Boy Scouts LC and DS recently completed the Citizenship in the Nation merit badge. They seemed to enjoy this one more than some of the other Eagle required badges. We had taken a trip to Washington DC in the past year, so they had a chance to use some of the places we visited there to help fulfill the requirements.
Cycling Merit Badge for Boy Scouts We haven't had anyone earn this badge in recent memory. The Scouts in our troop always earn the Swimming merit badge their first year at summer camp. The troop does go out riding occasionally, especially on Grant's Trail which is very close to us. They have considered doing a longer camping/biking trip on the Katy Trail, but no Scout has stepped forward to plan that yet
Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge for Boy Scouts The Emergency Preparedness merit badge is one of the most useful badges a Boy Scout can earn. You hope you will never need to use the information you learn, but if you do find yourself in an emergency situation, you can make a difference. This badge is all about being prepared for the unexpected.
Lifesaving Merit Badge for Boy Scouts LC earned this last summer. Even though he was a first year Scout, they let him do it because it was our second summer camp for the summer and he had completed Swimming merit badge at the first camp. LC is a good swimmer but is small. The only part he had trouble with was getting the 10lb weight out, but he managed to do it. If you are not a strong swimmer, I recommend you practice your skills before attempting this badge.
Boy Scouts and Uniforms Beth asked, "I realized once again that, as proud as he is to wear the uniform at a Scout function, he still feels uncomfortable wearing it in public. I have seen this with many other boys as well. Has anyone else noticed this trend, and what can be done? These guys are the future of our country and doing great things everyday, and yet the cool factor is just not there."
Environmental Science Merit Badge for Boy Scouts LC was at camp with our Boy Scout troop last week. One of the merit badges he finished there was the Environmental Science merit badge. He had to work on it two sessions every day, but he was glad to get it finished.Most of our Scouts do this one at camp. We don't have a registered counselor for this badge in our troop, and when the scouts do it individually, it seems to take them a very long time.
Camping Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Our scouts frequently do this badge at summer camp. But they often come home from camp with an incomplete because they haven't complete requirement 9. They often think they have 20 days and nights of camping when they sign up for the badge, but they don't realize that those must all be tent camping and they can only count one summer camp. Or they haven't done the part where two of the campouts must include climbing to an elevation, rappelling, etc. So as a registered counselor, I can sign off on this badge when they finally get enough nights and days of tent camping.
Swimming Merit Badge for Boy Scouts Our first year Boy Scouts almost always work on Swimming merit badge at summer camp. At our council camps, it is always integrated into the program for first year campers. This works well because the requirements for this badge overlap with the aquatics requirements for Second Class and First Class.
BSA Methods - Leadership Development I think that being elected by their peers is meaningful to many of our youth. The role of adults in these units is to train the youth leaders.
Personal Fitness Merit Badge for Boy Scouts For you Scouts getting ready to start this badge, it is important to really understand your counselor's expectations before you start.
National Youth Leadership Training National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) is an intense week long leadership training class for youth
BSA Methods - Uniform Wearing a uniform identifies youth as Boy Scouts. It give them a sense of belonging to a group. The Boy Scout uniform is associated with the ideals of Scouting.
My Favorite Knot Book This book was recommended a few years ago when I went to Cub Scout BALOO training. I am not a "knot person". I can watch someone do a knot and repeat it, but an hour later it is forgotten.
Service Project Ideas for Boy Scouts Boy Scouts are required to participate service projects for Second Class, Star, and Life. Our troop encourages all Scouts to participate in service projects whether they need the hours or not.
Scout Law Prayer A Scout is Reverent. This prayer incorporates the twelve points of the Scout Law.
Troop Youth Leadership Seminar We are particularly encouraging all of the new youth leaders to attend, but the seminar will be open to the whole troop. Hopefully some of the members will be inspired to apply for one of the open positions.
Family Life Merit Badge for Boy Scouts I like this badge because it makes them think about the many aspects of being a member of a family, from pitching in on chores to considering outside influences on our families.
Scouting For Food The featured core value for Cub Scouts for the month of November is citizenship. Our Pack will help encourage citizenship in our Cub Scouts by participating in the local Scouting for Food program.
What Is a Board of Review? When a Scout has completed all of the requirements for a rank, he must appear before a board of review. A board of review is NOT the same as a Scoutmaster Conference but just with more people.