Minimum Participation Levels
For each rank in Scouting, there is a requirement describing participation in troop meetings and activities. Troop 783 policy stipulates minimum Scout participation levels as follows:
- The Scout must have attended a minimum of 50% of all Troop meetings during the preceding three month period to qualify for any rank.
- The first requirement listed in the Boy Scout Handbook for the ranks of Star, Life, and Eagle is: "Be active in your troop and patrol for x months". Troop 783 has established the following definitions for what it means to "be active" in our troop:
- Star Scout: To meet the "active" requirement for Star Scout, a scout must participate in an average of one troop activity per month since earning his First Class Scout rank or in the preceding four month period. The scout must participate in a minimum of three overnight camping trips, at least one of which is a backpacking trip, as a First Class Scout.
- Life Scout: To meet the "active" requirement for Life Scout, a scout must participate in an average of one troop activity per month since earning his Star Scout rank or in the preceding six month period. The scout must participate in a minimum of four overnight camping trips, at least two of which are backpacking trips, as a Star scout.
- Eagle Scout: To meet the "active" requirement for Eagle Scout, a scout must participate in an average of one troop activity per month since earning his Life Scout rank or in the preceding six month period. The scout must participate in a minimum of five overnight camping trips, at least three of which are backpacking trips, as a Life scout.
What counts as an activity?
- All troop outings such as camping and backpacking trips, Scout Swim Meet, Scout Field Day, Scout Sunday, Magic Mountain, Summer Camp, Pancake Breakfast, Memorial Day Flag Distribution, hikes, bike trips, et cetera.
- Scouting for Food counts as 1 activity though it requires a 2 day commitment
- Venture Patrol outings
- Eagle Courts of Honor
- Eagle projects: a minimum of 3 hours work is required to earn activity credit (though all hours worked will be recorded in the Scouts service hours record). Any given project only counts as 1 activity even if you help several days.
What does NOT count as an activity?
- Troop meetings and Green Bar meetings
- Patrol meetings and outings
- Non-Eagle Courts of Honor
- Merit Badge classes and Merit Badge Days
- Hikes and other activities done at Summer Camp
- Cub Scout Pack Blue and Gold ceremonies
Note: A week spent at Summer Camp will be counted as two overnight camping trips towards the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout rank camping requirement.
It is the responsibility of each scout to keep a list of activities he attends and it is the job of the Participation Chair to verify their records. The Rank Activities Tracking Spreadsheet is a good way for Scouts to manage this information at home and can be printed out and attached to the Rank Advancement Form.
At the completion of each activity, it is the responsibility of the SPL/Leader from the trip or activity to provide a list of all scout attendees and number of miles hiked and nights camped (if applicable) to the Participation Chair and the Nights & Miles Chair so that an accurate and up-to-date record of scout participation can be kept.
Each scout, especially Life Scouts who may be on a time constraint, are strongly encouraged to come by the Advancement Table during troop meetings at least once per month to check their advancement progress.
If you have participated in a service project outside of the Troop please provide signed documentation from the Adult leader of the project that states the date, amount of hours and activity performed. This should be turned into the Participation Chair.