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There are six ranks in Boy Scouting, culminating with the Eagle Scout rank. A boy completes the Joining Requirements and earns the Scout badge, but this is not a rank.
- The first three ranks (Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class) are a time for a beginner scout to learn skills for outdoors, self-sufficiency, and citizenship.
- The last three ranks (Star, Life and Eagle) are earned by completion of merit badges, service efforts, and serving in leadership roles.
- An active boy scout can generally reach the rank of Second Class in about 12 months and should reach First Class within 18 to 20 months.
As a scout advances in rank, he shifts from being a ‘learner’ to a ‘leader’ and is expected to teach new scouts.
- We encourage younger scouts to go to higher ranking scouts for sign-off rather than to the same adult every time.
- We allow Troop Guides to sign off for scouts in the patrol they are mentoring and Star, Life or Eagle scouts to sign-off any Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class requirements.
- This helps build relationships with the troop leadership and turns their handbook into an autograph book of other scouts’ initials.
A Scoutmaster, an Assistant Scoutmaster or a higher ranking scout can sign off on individual scout requirements.