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.

Requirement Categories

Rank requirements will usually fall into one of the categories list below. Click on the links to find more information about a category.

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:

New Rank Requirements for 2016

The 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: More information about this change can be found in the following BSA documents: