Troop 783 has an advancement process that checks the Scout's advancement
requirements, tracking his advancement dates, night, miles, service hours
and where he is in the quest for Eagle. With the help of many volunteers,
this process runs smoothly and is rewarding for the Scout.
The advancement process for the ranks of Scout through Life Scout is documented below. Click on Eagle Scout to see the advancement process for that rank.
Step 1: Satisfy rank requirements
Advancement toward a scout rank starts with the Scout working toward and eventually completing each of the rank's requirements as well as satisfying ancillary troop requirements. Click HERE for additional and important information about this process.
Step 2: Apply for rank advancement
Once all requirements for that rank are completed, the Scout goes to the Advancement Chair and obtains a Rank Advancement Form, also referred to as the Orange Sheet. Once the Rank Advancement form is completed and the Patrol Leader signature has been obtained, the Scout then goes to the Troop Service & Participation Chair who will review the Scout's Troop activity participation and service hours recorded. The Scout will then see the Advancement Chair to review his participationrecord, and confirm that all rank requirements have been met.
Step 3: Scoutmaster ConferenceThe purpose of the Scoutmaster Conference (SmC) is to confirm that the advancement process has been executed properly and to verify that Scout possesses the knowledge and skills appropriate to the rank. The SmC is conducted by the Scoutmaster or more typically, an Assistant Scoutmaster.
Scheduling the SmC: The Advancement Chair will seek out an available adult leader to conduct the SmC. This will usually take place during a troop meeting but may potentially take place at another venue if that is more convenient for the adult leader.
Preparing for the SmC: The Scout must be dressed neatly in full 'Class A' uniform, including sash. He must bring his Orange and Green Sheets and his Scout Handbook. He should be prepared to answer specific questions about how he satisfied the rank requirements. He should be also be prepared to provide evidence that he possesses the knowledge and skills appropriate to the rank being requested and should provide all materials (e.g. rope, map, compass) necessary to do this.
During the SmC: The Scout's advancement paperwork and Scout Handbook will be inspected to ensure that they are correct and complete. The Scout will then undergo comprehensive testing wherein he will need to recite, explain, and demonstrate his mastery of Scout knowledge and skills appropriate to the rank being requested. He may also be asked spot questions to validate that he still retains the knowledge and skills associated with his current and previous ranks.
If the adult leader conducting the SmC determines that the Scout has 'passed', he will initial the Scout's Handbook and sign the front of his Orange Sheet which the Scout subsequently returns to the Advancement Chair. Otherwise, he will add corrective notes to the back of the Scout's Orange Sheet and the Scout will need to work with the Advancement Chair to schedule another SmC no sooner than 14 days later.
Step 4: Board of ReviewThe purpose of the Board of Review (BOR) is to independently verify that the advancement process has been executed properly and to certify that the Scout is indeed to ready advance. Boards of Review consist of 3 adult members of the troop, none of whom can be the Scout's parent or the troop Scoutmaster.
Scheduling the BOR: The Advancement Chair will attach the information required to schedule a BOR to the front of the Scout's Rank Advancement Form. The Scout sends an email to the troop BOR Coordinator who will place him in a queue of boys needing BORs. The Scout must subsequently confirm his scheduled BOR appointment with a phone call or in-person visit to the BOR Coordinator. Note: the Scoutmaster conferences and Board of Review WILL NOT be held the same night for the Scout.
Preparing for the BOR: The Scout must be dressed neatly in full Class A uniform, including sash. The Scout should bring his Orange and Green sheets, his Scout Handbook and the following items that may be required to demonstrate knowledge of basic scouting skills appropriate to the rank: topographic map, compass, length of rope. The Scout should be prepared to answer spot questions appropriate to the requirements of all ranks up to and including the rank being applied for.
During the BOR: The review will start with an inspection of the Scout's appearance and demeanor while reciting the Scout Oath and Law. Board members will then inspect the Scout's rank advancement paperwork. While they will not conduct comprehensive testing, they may ask the Scout spot questions to independently confirm that he possesses the appropriate knowledge for the rank and to verify that rank requirements were properly completed.
If the BOR determines that a Scout is ready to advance, they will initial the Scout's Handbook and sign the front of his Orange Sheet which the Scout presents to the Advancement Chair. Otherwise they will add corrective notes to the back of the Scout's Orange Sheet and the Scout will need to schedule another BOR to take place no sooner than 14 days in the future.
Step 5: RecognitionOnce the advancement application process (step 4) is completed, the Scout is officially considered by the Troop to have obtained the rank. The Scout will be publicly recognized for his achievement as follows:
The Senior Patrol Leader presents the Scout with his rank badge at the conclusion of the troop meeting following his Board of Review. If the Scout's Board of Review concludes too late for this to happen, the presentation will be made at the following troop meeting.
The Scout will be presented with his rank certification card as well as sash and parent ribbon pins at the next Troop Court of Honor. The Troop Court of Honor takes place 3 times per year (early October, March, and June).
The Advancement Chair has developed a presentation of the advancement process targeted toward new troop parents. The materials that are handed out during the presentation are contained in this .zip file and duplicate or supplement the information found elsewhere on the troop web site.