Working Through Rank Requirements
Each rank in Boy Scouts has specific requirements that must be satisfied in order to achieve that rank. The BSA Scout Handbook devotes a section for each rank that enumerates each of its requirements, along with areas for writing the date that the requirement was satisfied and initials of individuals who independently acknowledge satisfaction of the requirement. NEITHER SCOUTS NOR THEIR PARENTS SHOULD EVER INITIAL OR SIGN THEIR HANDBOOKS.
After a Scout satisfies a rank requirement, he must have his Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, or an Eagle Scout initial his handbook in the appropriate area. Exceptions are the requirements for a Scout to participate in a Scoutmaster Conference or Board of Review. These particular requirements are satisfied after a Scout applies for advancement and will be initialed by the appropriate adult.
Rank requirements will usually fall into one of the categories list below. Click on the links to find more information about a category.
Principles: Knowing and adhering to the Scout Oath, Law, Slogan, Motto, Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace.
Participation: Active participation in troop meetings and other troop activities is essential to a Scout's growth and development. Click on the link to review Troop 783's definitions and requirements pertaining to Scout participation.
Service: "To help other people at all times". Click on the link to for more information about service projects and hours.
Physical Fitness: "A Scout is physically strong".
Merit Badges: Required for the higher ranks but fun and rewarding for scouts of all ranks. Click on the link for more information.
Rank Advancement Order
A Scout cannot advance to a given rank until he has formally attained the previous one. It is possible for a Scout to be recognized during a Court of Honor for his attainment of multiple consecutive ranks.
Generally a Scout cannot satisfy a rank's requirements until he has attained the previous rank. The exceptions to this are:
- Tenderfoot Scouts may satisfy First Class Scout rank requirements while working toward their Second Class rank.
- All Scouts may earn the merit badges that will be required for higher ranks.
New Rank Requirements for 2016The BSA has made a number of changes to the advancement requirements effective January 1, 2016. Boys who joined the troop on or after Jan. 1, 2016 MUST use the new requirements. Those who joined the troop earlier will be affected as follows:
Scouts currently working on Scout rank requirements MAY use the pre-2016 requirements, but MUST convert to the 2016 requirements after attaining the Scout rank.
Scouts currently working on Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank requirements MAY continue to use the pre-2016 requirements for those ranks, but MUST convert to the 2016 requirements after attaining the First Class rank.
Scouts who are working on Star or Life rank requirements MAY continue to use the pre-2016 requirements for that rank, but MUST convert to the 2016 requirements after attaining that rank.
Printable pages listing 2016 requirements to insert into older Scout handbooks (updated handbooks will be available after January 22nd, 2016)