Troop 100 - Sylmar, California
Verdugo Hills Council - Iron Eyes Cody District
 

      


General Information


This page displays the different ranks within the Boy Scout program. The requirements necessary for advancement for each rank is found in the Boy Scout Handbook ( or online at the U.S. Scouting Service Project ).

Other general information, such as the Boy Scout Oath, etc., are also displayed on this page.

Click here for A Brief History of Scouting.


Boy Scout Ranks

To display information about a Boy Scout Rank, click on an image below:

Scout is the first rank earned by a Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The Scout badge has a brown fleur-de-lis on a tan background. The fleur-de-lis symbolizes a compass needle, pointing the Scout in the right direction, which is onward and upward. The badge is awarded when the boy demonstrates a rudimentary knowledge of the Scouting ideals.
Tenderfoot is the second rank attainable by a Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and ranks above Scout and below Second Class. A Scout can work on the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but each must be earned in sequence. The Tenderfoot badge has a yellow fleur-de-lis, with a star on each of the two lateral points, an eagle on the center, and a shield on the eagle's chest colored somewhat like the American flag. The stars symbolize truth and knowledge; the eagle and shield symbolize freedom and readiness to defend that freedom. The badge is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit.
Second Class is the third rank attainable by a Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and ranks above Tenderfoot and below First Class. A Scout can work on the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but must earn them in sequence. The Second Class badge has a yellow horizontal scroll with the words of the Boy Scout motto "Be Prepared," the ends turned up, and a knotted rope hanging from the bottom. The knot symbolizes a reminder for each Scout to remember the Scout slogan which is to "Do A Good Turn Daily." This emblem represents service. The upturned ends of the scroll symbolize cheerfulness in service. The badge is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit.
First Class is the fourth rank attainable by a Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and ranks above Second Class and below Star. A Scout can work on the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but must earn them in sequence. The badge is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit.
Star is the fifth rank attainable by a Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) and ranks above First Class and below Life. The Star badge has the Boy Scout emblem superimposed on a yellow star. Star is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew, serves in a position of responsibility, performs at least six hours of community service, and earns six merit badges (four of which must be required).
Life is the second highest rank attainable by a Scout in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Life Scout ranks above Star and below Eagle. The Life badge has the Boy Scout emblem superimposed on a red heart, signifying that the ideals of Scouting have become a part of the Scout's life and character. Life is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew, serves in a position of responsibility, and performs community service. Another thing a scout must do in order to achieve Life is earn 5 merit badges (3 of which are required for the rank of Eagle), to make a minumum total of eleven merit badges (including the six required for Star). Also the scout must be in the troop while in a leadership position for 6 months from his star rank, also he must do 6 hours of community service. Finally, the scout must pass a scoutmaster conference, and Board of Review.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by just over two million Scouts. Requirements include earning a number of merit badges and demonstration of Scout Spirit, service and leadership. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership and merit badge requirements.

Boy Scout Oath

    On my honor
    I will do my best
    To do my duty to God
    and my country
    and to obey the Scout Law;
    To help other people at all times;
    To keep myself physically strong,
    mentally awake,
    and morally straight.


Outdoor Code

    As an American, I will do my best to
    Be clean in my outdoor manners,
    Be careful with fire,
    Be considerate in the outdoors, and
    Be conservation-minded.

Boy Scout Motto

  • Be Prepared


Boy Scout Slogan

  • Do A Good Turn Daily


Boy Scout Law

    A Scout is ...

  • Trustworthy
  • Loyal
  • Helpful
  • Friendly
  • Courteous
  • Kind
  • Obedient
  • Cheerful
  • Thrifty
  • Brave
  • Clean
  • Reverent


Mission

    The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Aims of Scouting

  • Character Development
  • Citizenship Training
  • Mental and Physical Fitness

Methods of Scouting

  • Ideals
  • Patrol Method
  • Outdoors
  • Advancement
  • Association with Adults
  • Personal Growth
  • Leadership Development
  • Uniform

On My Honor Award

    The On My Honor award is the
    LDS Boy Scout Religious award.

    Click here for requirements.



Mutual Theme

    2017
    "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."
    ( James 1:5–6 )

    2018
    "Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me"
    ( Doctrine and Covenants 19:23 )

Miscellaneous

    Click here for Los Angeles Salutes Jimmy Stewart (Scout Oath)
    Click here for John Wayne: What the Scout Law Means to Me
    Click here for I love the Scouting movement (by President Gordon B. Hinckley)
    Click here for Proclamation 5421 (by President Ronald Reagan)

    Click here for Red Skelton: The Pledge of Allegiance
    Click here for John Wayne: The Pledge of Allegiance
    Click here for The Americans (by Gordon Sinclair)

    Click here for On My Honor (by Dan Sernoffsky)
    Click here for Word of Honor (by Karl G. Maeser)

    Click here for start with Eagle Scout (by Ruth Ann Dailey)
    Click here for Letter to Potential Eagle Scout (by Mike Rowe)

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