Rank Advancement Procedures

This page describes procedures for rank advancement, including Scoutmaster Conferences, Boards of Review (not including Eagle Boards), and the presentation of Rank Advancement Patches.

Step 1: Complete the Requirements

A Scout must complete all of the rank advancement requirements prior to requesting a Scoutmaster Conference.

Step 2: Schedule a Scoutmaster Conference

The Scout should talk to the Scoutmaster to request a Scoutmaster Conference. This request should be made in person, with the Scout wearing his uniform and toting his Scout book, so the Scoutmaster can quickly review the Scout’s completion of all of the requirements for rank advancement. The Scoutmaster will then schedule a date, time, and place with the Scout to hold the Scoutmaster Conference.

Step 3. Attend the Scoutmaster Conference

The Scoutmaster Conference will typically occur at a place and time outside the normal scope of Scouting events. Scoutmaster Conferences may be conducted at his home, his workplace, a coffee shop, etc. A parent should accompany the Scout to meet Youth Protection Guidelines, but the Conference will be a one-on-one meeting between the Scout and Scoutmaster.

The Scout should wear his full Class A uniform and bring his book to the conference. If he forgets his book, or does not wear his uniform to the conference, the conference will be rescheduled.

If the Scout meets the requirements for Rank Advancement and successfully completes the Scoutmaster Conference, then the Scoutmaster will assign a time for the Scout’s Board of Review.

Step 4: Attend a Board of Review

Boards of Review will usually occur on the 3rd Monday of each month (usually the Monday immediately following the monthly troop campout) between 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM. A Scout should attend his Board of Review in his full, Class A uniform, and bring his Scout book. If he does not wear his uniform or bring his book, his Board of Review will be rescheduled.

Step 5: Submit Copies of Rank Advancement Pages from Scout Book

When a Scout successfully completes his Board of Review, he should immediately copy all of the signed pages associated with that Rank in his Scout book and deliver them to the Advancement Chair. The easiest way to do this is to take a clear digital photograph of these pages and email them to the Advancement Chair on the night of the Board of Review!

Step 6: Presentation of the Award at a Troop Meeting

If the Scout submits his signed Rank Advancement Pages to the Advancement Chair within 48 hours after the Board of Review is completed, he will be presented with his Rank Advancement Award and Patch at either the first or second Troop meeting of the month following his Board of Review.

Step 7. Recognition at Court of Honor

All Scouts who have earned Rank Advancements during the period since the last Court of Honor will be recognized at the next Court of Honor.