Boy Scouting offers youth participants the opportunity to set a long-term goal which is obtainable, yet difficult to achieve. This goal is to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. On a whole, Eagle Scouts are among our Nations most successful businessmen, politicians, and military servicemen. Earning the Eagle Scout Award is obtainable for every Scout, who wants it bad enough to put forth the required effort. The Advancement Method used by the Boy Scouts is designed to teach a young man everything he needs to know to be a successful Eagle Scout. Each rank builds upon the prior, giving the Scout opportunities to grow and learn along the Trail to Eagle.

While achieving the rank of Eagle is a goal for many Scouts, less than 6 out of every 100 achieve it. One of the reasons so many do not achieve the rank of Eagle is they run out of time to complete the requirements before they turn 18. For this reason alone, it is very important for every Scout who wishes to be an Eagle, to participate as much as possible in Troop Meetings, Camping, Service Projects and other activities.

Scouting Ranks At a Glance

Considered by many to be one of the most important badges awarded to Scouts because it shows that the Scout has made in solemn promise in front of other Scouts to do their best to obey the Scout Oath and Law. A Tenderfoot Scout has been camping with gear they packed, in a tent they helped pitch and they have assisted with meal preparation while camping. They have basic knowledge of knots and understand the rules of safe hiking. They know how to respect the American flag and can recite from memory, the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath, Law, Motto, and Slogan.
Second Class
Earning Second Class proves that the Scout has learned the basic skills of Scouting which form a solid foundation for not only an Eagle Scout but any honest and moral man. At this point, the Scout is given more responsibility to look after themselves and to help younger Scouts. A Second Class Scout knows how to use a compass and map, understands the principles of Leave No Trace and can demonstrate safe usage of knives, saws and axes. He is active in the Troop Meetings and Campouts. He can plan and prepare a balanced camp meal for his patrol. He has demonstrated basic first aid and has prepared his own first-aid kit.
First Class
When a boy is awarded First Class it is to honor his achievement of proving his knowledge and understanding of Basic Scout Skills. Further, it acknowledges his continued commitment to the Scout Oath, Law, Motto and Slogan. He has shown Scout Spirit in his daily life and can be trusted by the older Scouts to help the younger ones.