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  • Good Evening All of you here have chosen to join Boy Scout of America As members of the BSA you should be aware of our Program Aims BSA has developed 8 methods to reach these goals
  • None of the 8 BSA methods to reach our goals or aims are more important than the other The methods are listed in no particular order and the reason I’m sharing these methods with you is to impress upon you that Advancement is just 1 of the methods Boy Scouting uses to promote growth in moral strength and character, active Citizenship, and Develop physical, mental and emotional fitness in Scouts.
  • You may remember these are steps you completed to become a “Scout”. But what happens next?
  • These are the progressive ranks you can earn in Boy Scouts
  • Rank advancement can ONLY be achieved by learning and practicing a skill or premise (i.e. Outdoor Code) at meetings and other activities. Before a rank advancement is signed off in a Scout’s Handbook he will need to demonstrate or verify to the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster he has fulfilled the requirement. Once a rank advancement requirement has been signed by a Scoutmaster, the Scout will not be retested on that specific requirement again. The Review process is composed of the Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. We will be covering these program elements in depth tonight. Recognition is through the weekly meetings and Quarterly Courts of Honor.
  • Scout leaders cannot sign off rank requirements for their Scout.
  • For our purposes and discussions tonight, we are addressing the Rank Advancement Scoutmaster Conference. Scoutmaster Conferences can be held at any time for a variety of reasons.
  • Tonight we are looking at Rank Advancement Boards of Review. Boards of Review can be held for other reasons.
  • Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters can not sit on Boards of Review. A parent may not sit on their own Scout’s Board of Review.
  • Blue Cards and Progress Record cards fit into baseball collector sleeves.
  • Possession of a badge DOES NOT count as a record.

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  • BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA TROOP 172 ADVANCEMENT “101”
  • BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
    • AIMS
      • Growth in moral strength and character
      • Participating Citizenship
      • Development in physical, mental and emotional fitness
  • BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
    • 8 METHODS
      • Ideals
        • Oath – Law – Motto – Slogan
      • Patrols
        • Peer Groups – Elected Representation – Activities
      • Outdoors
      • Adult Association
        • Image – Role Models – Examples
      • Personal Growth
        • Good Turn – Service Projects – Religious Emblems
      • Leadership Development
        • Leadership skills and practice – Citizenship
      • Uniform
        • Commitment to Aims – Identity
      • Advancement
        • Self-reliance – Ability to help others - Challenge
  • Joining Boy Scouts – Scout Badge
    • Register
    • Scout sign, salute and handshake
    • Square knot
    • Describe Scout badge
    • Complete parent pamphlet exercises
    • Scoutmaster Signature in Boy Scout Handbook
  • Rank Advancement Tenderfoot Second Class First Class Star Scout Life Scout Eagle Scout Eagle Scout with Palm(s)
      • Learning
        • At meetings, At campouts, At other Boy Scout Activities
      • Testing
        • Scoutmaster signature on rank requirements in Boy Scout Handbook
      • Review
        • Scoutmaster Conference
        • Board of Review
      • Recognition
        • Weekly meetings
        • Quarterly Courts of Honor
    A Boy Scout advances in Rank by completing 4 basic steps :
  • Rank Advancements
    • ALL Rank Requirements are listed in the Boy Scout Handbook
      • Skills can be learned and signed off for any rank at any time , but only after all the requirements of a rank have been signed can the Scout move onto the next rank.
      • Unlike Cub Scouts, rank requirements and merit badges must be completed and signed off by approved Boy Scout leaders. Parents are not allowed to sign off their own son’s requirements for Rank or Merit Badges unless they are completed in a group setting with other Boy Scouts and are approved by the Troop to do so.
      • It is HIGHLY recommended Scouts carry their Boy Scout Handbook with them AT ALL TIMES . Including campouts – put it in a plastic bag to protect it.
        • It’s difficult to get requirements signed off if you don’t have your book.
  • 2010 Rank Advancement Updates
    • A new 12th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook (34622) was issued in the summer of 2009.
    • The new requirements for each rank did not officially take effect until January 1, 2010.
    • Scouts working toward ranks in 2009 may use the new requirements, or may continue to use the old requirements, at their option.
    • If a Scout has started work toward a rank before January 1, 2010, using  requirements that were current before January 1, 2010, he may complete that rank only using the old requirements. Any progress toward a rank that is begun after January 1, 2010, must use the requirements as they are presented in the Boy Scout Handbook (34622) or in the 2010 Boy Scout Requirements book (33216).
    • Scouts starting work on any of ranks after January 1, 2010, must use the new requirements.
  • Rank Requirement Changes
    • Tenderfoot
      • A Scout must teach another person how to tie a square knot using the EDGE model (explain, demonstrate, guide, and enable). He must also be able to discuss four specific examples of how he lived the points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
    • Second Class
      • A Scout must discuss the principles of Leave No Trace and explain the factors to consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.
      • He must explain what respect is due the flag of the United States.
      • He must discuss four examples of how he lived four different points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
      • He must earn an amount of money agreed upon by the Scout and his parents and save at least 50 percent of it.
    • First Class
      • An additional requirement to the 10 separate troop/patrol activities states he must demonstrate the principles of Leave No Trace on these outings.
      • He must discuss examples of how he lived the remaining four points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
    • Life
      • A Scout must use the EDGE model to teach a younger Scout a specified skill.
  • Scoutmaster Conferences
    • Why hold Scoutmaster Conferences?
      • A Scoutmaster conference is held when the Scout or the Scoutmaster feels the Scout needs assistance from the Scoutmaster.
      • A Scoutmaster conference is held for rank advancement purposes.
    • What can a Scout expect at a Rank Advancement Scoutmaster Conference?
      • A conversation with the Scoutmaster regarding the Scout’s experience in the Troop, setting goals for the future.
    • What does the Scout need to bring to a Rank Advancement Scoutmaster?
      • A Scout must bring his Boy Scout Handbook to the Scoutmaster conference being held for rank advancement.
  • Scoutmaster Conferences Cont.
    • When can a Scout have a Rank Advancement Scoutmaster Conference?
      • A Scoutmaster conference can be held at any time as long as BSA Leadership and Youth Protection requirements are met.
    • What happens next?
      • After having participated in a Rank Advancement Scoutmaster conference and obtaining the Scoutmaster’s signature in his Scout book then the Scout can move to the next step which is a Board of Review.
    • How does a Scout sign up for a Rank Advancement Scoutmaster Conference?
      • Currently, to sign up for a Scoutmaster Conference there is a Scoutmaster Conference sign up book at the table in the lobby. Soon we hope to have the signup online on the Troop website.
  • Boards of Review
    • What is a Board of Review?
      • The Board of Review is designed to evaluate the experience the Scout is having in the Troop and to encourage the Scout to continue to progress in his Scout career.
      • A Board of Review can be held for Advancement purposes or at the request of the Scout at any time.
      • Any Board of Review consists of a minimum of three Committee Members.
    • What can a Scout expect at a Rank Advancement Board of Review?
      • An informal interview process where the board members get to know more about the Scout personally and his experience within the Troop. The Scout has an opportunity give feedback, ask questions, make suggestions and interact with adults.
    • What does a Scout need to bring to a Rank Advancement Board of Review?
      • A Scout must bring his Boy Scout Handbook to the Board of Review.
  • Boards of Review Cont.
    • When can a Scout have a Rank Advancement Board of Review?
      • A Scout can request a Board of Review after successfully completing a Scoutmaster Conference
      • AND no later than one week before the desired board date. This will allow the Advancement Chair to arrange for board members and verify the date the board will be held with the Scout.
    • How does a Scout sign up for a Rank Advancement Board of Review?
      • Currently to sign up for a Board of Review there is a sign up book held at the table in the lobby. Soon we hope to have the signup online on the Troop’s website.
  • Boards of Review Cont.
    • What happens next?
      • After having participated in a Rank Advancement Board of Review and having his Boy Scout book signed by the BOR Committee, it is the Scout’s responsibility to follow up with the Scoutmaster and the Advancement Coordinator to ensure that they have been notified of the rank advancement.
  • MERIT BADGES
    • The following is a list of all of the 122 Merit Badges, arranged into 14 logical fields of activity (categories) as they appear in the BSA Pamphlet "Worksheet for Building a Merit Badge Counselor List" (No. 04439)
    • AGRIBUSINESS ANIMAL SCIENCE , FARM MECHANICS , PLANT SCIENCE
    • ARTS AND CRAFTS ART , BASKETRY , BUGLING , LEATHERWORK , METALWORK , MUSIC , POTTERY , SCULPTURE , THEATER , WOOD CARVING
    • BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY AMERICAN BUSINESS , ENTREPRENEURSHIP , PULP AND PAPER , SALESMANSHIP , TEXTILE
    • CONSERVATION ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE , FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT , FORESTRY , SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION
    • HOBBIES BACKPACKING , CAMPING , COIN COLLECTING , COLLECTIONS , COOKING , DOG CARE , GARDENING , HIKING , HOME REPAIRS , INDIAN LORE , MODEL DESIGN AND BUILDING , PETS , PIONEERING , RADIO , ROWING , STAMP COLLECTING
  • MERIT BADGES CONT.
    • NATURAL SCIENCE ARCHAEOLOGY , ASTRONOMY , BIRD STUDY , GEOLOGY , INSECT STUDY , MAMMAL STUDY , NATURE , OCEANOGRAPHY , REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN STUDY , WEATHER
    • COMMUNICATIONS CINEMATOGRAPHY , JOURNALISM , PHOTOGRAPHY
    • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AMERICAN CULTURES , AMERICAN HERITAGE , CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY , CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION , CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD , COMMUNICATIONS , DISABILITIES AWARENESS , FAMILY LIFE , GENEALOGY , PERSONAL FITNESS , PERSONAL MANAGEMENT , PUBLIC SPEAKING , READING , SCHOLARSHIP , TRAFFIC SAFETY , WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
    • PHYSICAL SCIENCE CHEMISTRY , COMPUTERS , ELECTRICITY , ELECTRONICS , ENERGY , NUCLEAR SCIENCE (formerly Atomic Energy) , SPACE EXPLORATION
    • PROFESSIONS ARCHITECTURE , DENTISTRY , ENGINEERING , LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE , LAW , MEDICINE , SURVEYING , VETERINARY MEDICINE
    • PUBLIC SERVICE CRIME PREVENTION , EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS , FINGERPRINTING , FIRE SAFETY , FIRST AID , LIFESAVING , PUBLIC HEALTH , SAFETY SPORTS ARCHERY , ATHLETICS , CANOEING , CLIMBING , CYCLING , FISHING , FLY FISHING, GOLF , HORSEMANSHIP , MOTORBOATING , ORIENTEERING , RIFLE SHOOTING , SCUBA DIVING , SHOTGUN SHOOTING , SKATING , SMALL-BOAT SAILING , SNOW SPORTS , SPORTS , SWIMMING , WATER SPORTS , WHITEWATER
    • TRADES AMERICAN LABOR , AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE , COMPOSITE MATERIALS , DRAFTING , GRAPHIC ARTS , PAINTING , PLUMBING , WOODWORK
    • TRANSPORTATION AVIATION , RAILROADING , TRUCK TRANSPORTATION
  • Merit Badges
    • A Scout earns Merit Badges
      • For FUN
        • To gain in-depth knowledge of a subject
        • To explore activities that may become careers or hobbies.
      • For Advancement Requirements
        • Star, Life and Eagle Scout Ranks require completion of a specific number and type of merit badges.
  • How to Earn a Merit Badge
    • Any time.
    • With guidance from an approved Merit Badge Counselor outside regular Troop meetings.
    • Merit Badge University
    • Boy Scout sponsored Summer and Winter Camps
    • Other Boy Scout sponsored events
  • Merit Badge Process
    • Scout obtains a Blue Card from either the Scoutmaster, Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator or Advancement Coordinator.
    • Scout notifies Scoutmaster of his intent to earn the badge and obtains the Scoutmaster signature on the Blue Card.
    • Scout contacts the Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator to request a Merit Badge Counselor.
    • The Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator will provide the Scout with names of individuals who have indicated an interest in counseling the specific badge and are approved by the Troop.
  • Merit Badge Process Cont.
    • Scout contacts Merit Badge Counselor directly and makes arrangements to meet with them and completes the Merit Badge requirements.
      • Merit Badge requirements vary from badge to badge.
      • One important thing to remember is if the requirement is to “Get your Counselor’s approval” – you must get your Counselor’s approval BEFORE working or completing the requirement. Approval may be as simple as an email explaining your plan to complete the requirement and the Counselor saying, “Okay”. However, if you do the activity BEFORE you contact your Counselor AND receive their approval, you have NOT completed the requirement.
      • A Counselor cannot add, delete or change any of the requirements of the Merit Badge.
      • If you have any questions about your plans to complete a requirement, the Merit Badge Counselor is your resource.
  • Merit Badge Process Cont.
    • A Scout MUST ALWAYS meet with a Merit Badge Counselor with A BUDDY.
      • A buddy can be another Scout, your parent or guardian, your brother or sister or another relative or friend.
    • Scout obtains Merit Badge Counselor’s signature on the Blue Card and after all the requirements are completed. The Blue Card is designed as a 3-part form: there is a section that is turned into the Advancement Coordinator, a section kept by the Scout and there is a section that can be kept by the Counselor.
    • Scout notifies Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator he has successfully completed the badge.
  • Merit Badge Process Cont.
    • MBU and Scout Camps
      • Merit Badge requirements completed at Merit Badge University and/or Scout Camps (summer and winter) are usually reported to the Troop via a Troop report. A copy of this report must be forwarded to the TroopMaster Coordinator for proper record keeping.
      • Merit Badges completed at MBU or a Scout Camp do not require any further documentation besides the camp report.
      • Partial Merit Badges from MBU or a Scout Camp should be recorded on individual Blue Cards and provided to the Scouts for their recordkeeping by the event’s coordinator.
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  • Partial Merit Badges
    • What if a Scout doesn’t complete a merit badge?
      • It is the Scout’s responsibility to maintain his records (Blue Card) of completed merit badge requirements until he has completed all the requirements.
      • It is in the Scout’s interest to follow up with the Merit Badge Conselor and TroopMaster Coordinator to ensure partial requirements have been recorded in TroopMaster.
      • There is no time limit to completing a merit badge – except your 18 th birthday.
        • Start early
        • Make a plan to meet your goals.
  • What happens if a Merit Badge Requirements Change?
    • Merit Badge Updates
      • Occasionally a merit badge’s requirements will be updated before a Scout completes the badge. It is the Scout’s choice to complete the badge using the requirements effective at the time he started the badge or to complete the badge using the new requirements. However, a Scout must choose between the “old” badge or the “updated” badge and not do some from the previous requirements and some requirements from the updated list.
  • Recognition
    • Rank and Merit Badges are awarded
      • At weekly Troop Meetings
      • It is the Troop’s goal to recognize Scout achievements as quickly as possible. A Scout can expect to receive their badges within 1-2 weeks of proper notification to the Advancement Chair.
    • Progress Record Cards
      • (the only OFFICIAL recognition)
      • At the Troop’s Quarterly Courts of Honor
  • Progress Records
    • ALL SCOUTS should be sure to take their book to all BSA events so that any requirement completed can be signed off in their book right then and there.
    • ALL SCOUTS should take precautions to protect the information in their Scout books by making copies and keeping them in a separate and safe place.
    • ALL SCOUTS should keep track of and possibly copies of their Merit Badge blue card records.
    • ALL SCOUTS should be keeping their Progress Record cards – which are official proof of completion of rank advancement and/or merit badges – in a safe place (not your pocket) and HIGHLY encouraged to make copies of the Progress Record cards and keep the copies in a second safe place.
    • It is HIGHLY recommended that a copy is made of the Scout book after any requirements are signed off. You’ll never be sorry you have a copy but you may regret not making a copy if that page falls out and there is no other record.
  • Advancement SOS
    • If you don’t have:
      • A signed Progress Record Card
      • Signed Boy Scout Handbook
      • A signed blue card (partial or completed)
      • TroopMaster printed record
    • IT DIDN’T HAPPEN
      • and you get to start all over
    • If your advancement and recognition of your achievements are important to you:
      • KEEP YOUR RECORDS SAFE
  • Advancement Records
    • Individual History Report Distribution Tonight
      • Request IHR or more detailed Individual Progress Report (IPR) at any time from the TroopMaster Coordinator by sending an email request.
      • Partial Merit Badge requirements can also be requested from the TroopMaster Coordinator through an email request.
  • Update Advancement Records
    • How to update TroopMaster Records
      • Show or provide a copy of the Rank Advancement pages of your Boy Scout Handbook to the TroopMaster Coordinator.
      • Show or provide a copy of the signed Progress Record card for Advancement or Merit Badge to the TroopMaster Coordinator.
      • Have a Unit Leader confirm in writing (via email) to the TroopMaster Coordinator current or previous Leadership position.
      • Have a Unit Leader confirm in writing (via email) to the TroopMaster Coordinator completion of Service Hours for rank advancement.
      • Have Merit Badge Counselor confirm in writing (via email or Blue Card) to the TroopMaster Coordinator any Merit Badge Requirements that have been completed.
  • Advancement Contacts
      • Scoutmaster
      • Advancement Coordinator
        • Arlene Freeman (arlenefreeman@austin.rr.com)
      • TroopMaster Coordinator
        • Arlene Freeman (arlenefreeman@austin.rr.com)
      • Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator
        • Rosie Talbot ( [email_address] )
      • Assistant Scoutmaster for Life-to-Eagle Scouts
        • Jerry Datillo (jdatillo@mmm.com)