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.
Scouts BSA Star Rank
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Star is the Scouts BSA rank earned after First Class. With Star, the focus shifts from scout skills to leadership, service, and merit badges.
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.
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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 who are working on the Star rank need to remain active in their troops in order to fulfill requirement 1.
The final step for a Scout who is attempting to earn the rank of Star is the Board of Review. This is normally done after the Scoutmaster Conference. The Board of Review may ask questions to determine if requirements were met, but it is not a retest of requirements.
Scouts who are working on their Star rank need to start earning merit badges. They may count merit badges they earned as new Scouts. At least four of the badges for this requirement must be from the merit badges required for the rank of Eagle Scout.
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.
To earn the rank of Star, a Scout must review personal safety information with his or her parent or guardian. The Scout must also earn the Cyber Chip award.
While working on the requirements for the Star rank, Scouts must serve in a leadership position for at least four months. Or he or she can do a leadership project approved by the Scoutmaster. This requirement helps their troop and enables them to learn leadership skills.
While working on their Star rank, Scouts must demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law at all times.
Scouts who are working on their Star rank show their concern for “Duty to Others” by doing service projects. Check with your Scoutmaster before starting on a service project for this requirement.
Before earning the rank of Star, a First Class Scout must participate in a Scoutmaster Conference. This is a good opportunity for the Scoutmaster and Scout to talk about how things are going and to check in. This is normally done after the Scout has completed requirements 1 through 6 for Star.