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.
Scouts BSA Life Rank
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Help your youth leadership plan ahead by giving them a blank meeting plan template to fill in during their PLC meetings. Download a printable copy here.
Scouts BSA is a program offered by the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 11 years old (or 10 and earned the Arrow of Light) through 17. Find helps for the Scouts BSA program on this page. Or use the links directly below to find help for a specific rank or topic.
A Scouts BSA Troop is actually run by its youth leaders. The Scoutmaster and adults on the Troop Committee provide advice and resources to help the youth carry out their program.
Eagle Scout is the highest advancement rank in Scouts BSA. Eagle is earned after the rank of Life. ”Once an Eagle, always an Eagle”. A young woman or man who finishes his or her Scouting career at 18 years of age as a Life Scout will say “I WAS a Life Scout.” But a young woman or man who attains the rank of Eagle Scout can proudly declare “I AM an Eagle Scout” even after he or she reaches the age of 18.
Life is the rank a Scout can earn after Star. A Scout working on Life continues to develop leadership, participates in service projects, and earns merit badges.
The ability to teach others is an important leadership skill. Scouts who are on the path to the rank of Life use the EDGE method to teach a skill to younger Scout.
The Den Chief Service Award recognizes Scouts and Venturers who serve a Cub Scout den for one year, are trained, and are active members of their Troop or Crew. The award is a red, white, and blue cord, which is worn on the left shoulder under the epaulet. A certificate is also available.
Every situation is different. Whether you are new to Scouting or you have been involved for a while, sometimes it is helpful to get input from other Scouters. We are here to help each other.
A Scout must earn a total of 21 merit badges to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. 13 of these must be from the list below. The rest are electives which can be chosen by the Scout.
Scouts continue to earn merit badges while working on the requirements for the rank of Life.
The Project Planning feature helps youth leaders learn how to accomplish their goals, whether that be a service project or a troop campout or planning other activities together. The troop does a group exercise of planning and carrying out a recycle regatta.
Scouts who are working toward earning the rank of Life must continue to show how they do their “Duty to Others” by doing service projects, including conservation service projects.
Scouts who are progressing toward the rank of Life must continue to show leadership, either by taking a leadership position in their unit or by doing an approved leadership project.
To advance to the rank of Life, a Scout must continue to be active in his or her troop. The Scout will need to continue to earn merit badges, take part in service, and demonstrate leadership.
After a Star Scout has completed the service, leadership, scout spirit, and EDGE requirements for the rank of Life, he or she asks the Scoutmaster for a conference. They can discuss how advancement is going for the Scout and talk about personal development.
After a Star Scout has his or her Scoutmaster Conference, then a Board of Review takes place as the final step toward the rank of Life. The Board of Review is usually conducted by members of the Troop Committee.
While working toward the rank of Life, Star Scouts continue to do their duty to God, others, and self.