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In order, the ranks in Boy Scouts are Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle.  The first patch you earn as a Boy Scout is the Scout badge, which is not properly a rank.  The first three ranks (Tenderfoot through First Class) are mainly concerned with learning Scouting skills.  The last three ranks (Star, Life, and Eagle) are mainly concerned with leadership skills and broadening your abilities through merit badges.

Unlike Cub Scouts, you do not automatically advance in rank in Boy Scouts.  The higher adventure and greater satisfaction of Boy Scouting as compared to Cub Scouting means that the responsibility for going forward is your own.  We will help you, we will encourage you, but we will not push you forward faster than you are ready to go.  We also will not hold you back, so you can go forward as fast as you want to (and are able to) go.  It is quite possible to reach First Class in your first year as a Boy Scout.

Older Scouts will be the ones who teach you most of what you learn in Boy Scouting. You'll not only have fun together, you will learn together, help each other, and grow together in both skills and in leadership qualities. You'll not only learn from other boys, you'll find yourself teaching other boys how to do things.

As you develop the skills that are needed, or complete the requirements to advance in rank, you will meet with one of our Scoutmasters, and demonstrate that you have completed the requirement or learned the skill.  The Scoutmaster will sign and date in your Boy Scout Handbook that you have completed that requirement.  When you have completed all the requirements for a rank, you will meet with a Scoutmaster in a special conference, called the Scoutmaster's conference, and then with a Board of Review.  The Board of Review is made up of experienced adult Scouters who are not Scoutmasters in our Troop.  Upon recommendation of the Board of Review, you will receive your new rank badge and be entitled to wear it on your uniform. You will also be formally recognized at the next Court of Honor, which is typically held three times a year.

The Eagle rank is somewhat different from the ones before it.  In order to become an Eagle Scout, a boy must physically present all the rank cards and merit badge blue cards that he has earned that apply to the rank.  If you lose a blue card or a rank card, you must either find it, or find the original merit badge counselor, or earn the merit badge again, to earn your Eagle.  (For boys who have completed ranks in Troop 470, the rank card is not a problem to replace; it is the merit badge blue card that is hard to replace.)  DON'T lose your blue cards!