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Troop 92 Info

We are a member of the Baltimore Area Council, Dulaney District.

Meetings are held Thursday night at West Liberty United Methodist Church.

20400 West Liberty Road, White Hall MD 21161

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

About Ranks

 

ranks

Scout

Scout was previously a joining badge, but is now considered the first rank, and is earned by completing the requirements to join Boy Scouting. The Scout badge has a brown fleur-de-lis on a tan background. The badge is awarded when the boy demonstrates a rudimentary knowledge of the Scouting ideals such as tying a square knot and knowing the Scout oath, law, motto, and slogan.[1]

Tenderfoot

Tenderfoot is the second rank. A Scout can work on the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but each rank must be earned in sequence. The badge is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit.[2]

Second Class

Second Class is the rank above Tenderfoot and below First Class. A Scout can work on the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but must be earned in sequence. The badge is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit.[3]

First Class

Main article: First Class Scout (Boy Scouts of America)
First Class is the rank above Second Class and below Star Scout. A Scout can work on the requirements for the 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. At this point, Scouts stop practicing the Scout skills, and start working on leadership.[4]

Originally, First Class was the all around Scout and the final and highest rank. Later ranks were originally recognitions of earning merit badges beyond First Class, and not properly ranks. Now these additional ranks form a second tier where Scouts can further develop leadership skills and explore potential vocations and avocations through the merit badge program.

Although Eagle is the highest rank and one all Scouts should strive for, the number of Scouts achieving First Class within one year of joining is still one of the key measures of unit effectiveness. Studies[12] purportedly have shown that if a Scout achieves First Class within a year of joining, he typically stays in the Scout program for at least three years. Scouts who do so are purportedly more likely to retain Scout values as an adult and achieve the BSA primary mission of “producing useful citizens”.[12]

From 1972 to 1990, the First Aid merit badge was required for First Class rank. After 1990, this was replaced with a series of requirements to demonstrate awareness of advanced first aid techniques, including CPR. A sixth merit badge was added to the requirement for Star rank at that time to maintain its overall requirement of 21 merit badges, and First Aid is still one of the merit badges that is mandatory for Eagle Scout.

Star

Star is the rank above First Class and below Life Scout. It is the third-highest rank. Star is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew in a position of responsibility for at least 4 months; performs at least six hours of community service; and earns six merit badges (four of which must be required for Eagle Scout rank).

Initially, the Life badge was awarded for five merit badges and the Star badge was awarded for ten. The order was reversed in the 1920s when it was decided that the five-pointed star of Star Scout better represented the five merit badges required for first rank above First Class. That symbolism disappeared when the number of merit badges required for Star was increased to six in 1990.[5]

Life

Life is second-highest rank attainable and ranks above Star Scout and below Eagle. Life is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew, serves in a position of responsibility for six months, and performs six hours of community service.[6] Another thing a Scout must do in order to achieve Life is earn an additional five merit badges (three of which are required for the rank of Eagle), to make a minimum total of eleven merit badges (including the six previously required for Star). Finally, the Scout must pass a Scoutmaster conference, and board of review.

Life was originally lower than Star, and originally required earning five specific merit badges concerned with health and fitness (First Aid, Lifesaving, Public Health, Personal Health and Athletics). It was changed in the 1920s when it was decided that the five-pointed star better represented the five merit badges required for Star, and the two were switched. Life’s heart came to symbolize achievement in health and fitness, as the First Aid merit badge was required for both Life and Eagle for many years.[6]

Eagle

Main article: Eagle Scout (Boy Scouts of America)
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting division. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men.[11]

Requirements include earning a number of merit badges and demonstration of Scout Spirit, service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a 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.

Sources


  • scouting.org  – The official BSA Website for Scouting in the US.
  • MeritBadge.Org – is a Wiki that provides resources to Scouts and leaders in the US.
  • USScouts.Org – another volunteer site that provides resources to Scouts and leaders in the US.

References


[1] “Boy Scout Joining Requirements”. U.S. Scouting Service Project. Retrieved March 23, 2006.

[2] “Tenderfoot Rank Requirement”. U.S. Scouting Service Project. Retrieved March 23, 2006.

[3] “Second Class Rank Requirement”. U.S. Scouting Service Project. Retrieved March 23, 2006.

[4] “First Class Rank Requirement”. U.S. Scouting Service Project. Retrieved March 23, 2006.

[5] “Star Rank Requirement”. U.S. Scouting Service Project. Retrieved March 23, 2006.

[6] “Life Rank Requirement”. U.S. Scouting Service Project. Retrieved March 23, 2006.

[11] “Eagle Scouts”. BSA Fact Sheet. Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved November 13, 2006.

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