Scouting Rank Advancement, Merit Badges, & Honor Programs Overview
BSA has the following ranks: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. The Troop provides
the opportunity for rank advancements, but it is up to the Scout to select the rate and level of his growth. The Troop follows the advancement guidelines of BSA. Consistency in completion of rank requirements is important and fair. As it is important that consistent standards be applied fairly for each Scout, only the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters who have completed Scoutmaster Fundamentals basic training may approve requirements for rank advancement. Further, the Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster who is the parent of one of the Scouts will not approve rank requirements for their son. A Board of Review is a final requirement for rank advancement.
A Board of Review is made up of Troop Committee members plus other scouters from the community. Upon the successful completion of a Board of Review, the Scout has earned the rank advancement sought. If the Scout does not successfully complete the Board of Review, the areas of concern will be identified and a schedule developed for the Scout to be reviewed again. The Troop will provide a Court of Honor to formally recognize Scouts’ rank advancements, award merit badges earned and confer other troop recognitions. Parent attendance at Courts of Honor is strongly encouraged. At the Court of Honor the Troop will provide the cloth badge of rank (if not previously provided), parent pin, badge of Scout office and any special program badges.
Scouts earn many merit badges at summer camp, and the Troop attends a merit badge forum each year to help boysearn merit badges quickly. Otherwise, boys will usually pursue merit badges independently, with the exception of Summer Camp where merit badges are the focus of the camp. Requirements are summarized in the Merit Badge Handbook, and each merit badge has its own book that may be helpful or necessary to complete the merit badge. The Troop maintains a library of merit badge books for checkout. When the Scout is ready he should get the required merit badge card signed from the Scoutmaster and then make contact with a merit badge counselor to complete the requirements. A list of our District’s merit badge counselors is available, and our own Troop has several merit badge counselors. When complete, the merit badge card is to be returned to the Troop Advancement & Membership Coordinator or to the Scoutmaster. Merit badges are awarded in Courts of Honor held about three to four times each year. Parents are asked to encourage and support Scouts in their pursuit of merit badges (and some are even required for rank advancement). Use caution, however, that the boy is the one making the contacts, doing the research, and putting the paperwork together.
The Tribe of Mic-O-Say is a local honor camping program based at the H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation near
Iconium, MO (south of Clinton, MO near the Truman Lake) where the Troop attends a 10-day long term summer
camp every summer. Its purpose is to provide recognition for boys who have demonstrated and proven their devotion to Scouting even beyond the "extra mile." The Tribe of Mic-O-Say is designed to recognize those Scouts who best exemplify the Scout Oath & Law in their daily lives; promote camping; and promote yearly participation in Scouting.
Order of the Arrow:
Order of the Arrow is the national honor camper organization which is active at Camp Naish near Bonner Springs, KS. It recognizes those Scouts who exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. Its purpose is to provide
recognition for boys who have demonstrated and proven their devotion to Scouting even beyond the "extra mile." For consideration, Scouts must engage in the requisite number of overnight camping experiences and must be approvedby the Scoutmaster. Elections from eligible scouts will be conducted approximately annually by representatives of the local Arrow Lodge. The results of such election procedures shall be kept confidential and retained by the lodge representative or disclosed in accordance with Lodge procedures.