Our Advancement Co-chairs are Mrs. Deb Julian and Mrs. Barbara Dalberth. Questions about advancement can be directed to either one, however Mrs. Julian is primarily responsible for Board of Reviews and Mrs. Dalberth is responsible for Merit Badge management. Refer to the Troop Roster for their contact information.
General Guidelines for Advancement
General Guidelines for Merit Badges
Frequently Asked Questions About Rank Advancements
Congratulations and welcome to our new Scouts! Many of you are eager to start
working on your next rank so you can earn that coveted Troop 212 green neckerchief when you become a Tenderfoot, so here is a brief description of how the advancement process works. Still have questions? You can always ask older scouts, your Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters (ASMs), or Advancement Co-Chairs.
When should I earn Scout rank?
New scouts who attend boot camp can meet all, or nearly all, of the requirements to earn Scout rank. If you are unable to attend boot camp, then you can try to work on the requirements at the next Troop campout or at another mutually convenient time. The Scoutmaster and/or ASMs are often available up to 20 to 30 minutes before meetings upon request. Ideally, you will earn Scout within a month or two of joining the Troop.
How do I advance to the next rank?
Work on the rank requirements at your own pace and get sign-offs in your Scout
Handbook from the Scoutmaster or any ASM. It’s best to get signoffs done while the information is still fresh in your mind. This can be done before or after a troop meeting (and sometimes there are opportunities during meetings, e.g. game night), during a designated Sign-off PALOOZA, during down times on camping trips (summer camps are a great time!), or by special request.
How quickly should I advance?
There are no hard and fast deadlines for rank advancements (except that Eagle rank must be completed before the scout’s 18th birthday), and each scout goes at his own pace. Generally, it takes up to two years to achieve First Class rank. Some scouts take off running and reach Eagle when they’re 13, while others never make it to Tenderfoot. Like most things, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. The journey is as important as the destination and we hope that you enjoy your time in scouting and learn important life skills along the way!
What happens after I get the requirements signed off?
After all the requirements are signed off (except for Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review), contact one of the ASMs or the Scoutmaster and schedule a Scoutmaster Conference. Again, this conference can be done before or after a troop meeting, during down times on camping trips, or by special arrangement. When you advance to Star and Life rank, the Scoutmaster Conference MUST be with the Scoutmaster.
What is a Board of Review?
Board of Reviews (BOR) are held monthly, typically during a troop meeting. At the BOR, a scout meets with 3 committee members for about 15 to 20 minutes. After a quick uniform inspection, you will be asked to state your name and the rank you’re advancing to, and recite the Scout Oath and/or Scout Law. Sometimes we may ask for the Scout Motto or Scout Slogan but you got this, right? The rest of the time is just a chat to see what you’ve enjoyed and learned about your scouting experiences so far. This is also a time to get feedback from scouts regarding any concerns they may have about how the troop is operating or if they have suggestions for improvements. Scouts are not quizzed on their rank requirements.
I am ready to advance to the next rank. How do I complete a BOR?
The Advancement Co-Chair will send a Troop-wide email asking Scouts who are ready for the next rank to sign up for the BOR using Sign Up Genius. Be sure that you have completed your Scoutmaster conference before BOR night! Come to the BOR with your Scout Handbook and dressed in full Class A uniform, including neckerchief, scout pants, scout socks, and belt. Troop 212 prides itself in showing respect to BSA by always wearing full uniform. Note that the first rank, Scout, is the only one that does NOT require a BOR. You will be called in to meet with the BOR when we are ready for you – we typically meet with 3 to 6 scouts during the evening.
What happens after the BOR?
After a successful BOR, the scout is officially advanced to the next rank, effective
immediately. We try to award the new badge at the end of the troop meeting that night, although sometimes it may be delayed until the following week.
What is the Court of Honor (COH)?
We present you with your rank badge soon after you earn it and your rank advancement will be formally recognized at the next quarterly Court of Honor Ceremony. These ceremonies are typically held in August (during the Pancake breakfast), November, February, and May/June. The scout is presented with his pocket card for the rank along with a parent’s rank pin for the scout to give to a parent in appreciation for their support. These pins can be worn on a ribbon and we ask that parents wear them at the COH. The ribbon fills up as additional ranks are earned, all the way to Eagle!
What about merit badges? Should I start trying to earn these now?
Merit badges become more important as you advance in rank, beyond First Class. For now, focus on learning the skills needed for Scout through First Class. You should consider working on a Merit Badge now if it is offered through the Troop and/or it is one recommended by one of the ASMs for younger scouts. And you will have the opportunity to earn Merit Badges at summer camp! Please refer to the Merit Badge FAQ sheet for information about earning Merit Badges.
Advancement Co-Chairs (2016-Current)
Barbara Dalberth (Merit Badges)
Deb Julian (BOR)
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Eagle Honor Roll
Merit Badge FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions About Merit Badges
What is a Merit Badge?
A merit badge is an opportunity for scouts to learn skills and gain knowledge in a variety of subjects. There are currently 137 available merit badges which Scouts may select. Subjects range from animation, citizenship, crafts, robotics, science, sports, to trades. A Scout may earn a merit badge at any time but first year Scouts may want to wait until you are a little older (or bigger) to earn some merit badges (e.g., Personal Management, Shotgun, Climbing).
Why should I earn Merit Badges?
Beginning with the Star Rank, a Scout will need to complete a certain number of merit badges to earn that rank. To get to the rank of Eagle, a Scout will have had to complete 13 “Eagle-required” and an additional 8 other merit badges, for a total of 21. Merit badges earned beyond these may be counted toward Eagle Palms. Earning these merit badges gives Scouts a set of skills to carry through life, an opportunity to explore many fields, and introduces them to subjects that may become lifelong interests/hobbies or inspiration to pursue rewarding careers.
What are the Eagle-required Merit Badges?
The following are required for Eagle: Camping, Citizenship in the Community,
Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking,
Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving, Environmental Science OR Sustainability, Family Life, First Aid, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling. First year scouts could consider earning Family Life and Swimming (if you are a strong swimmer) but you may want to wait at least a year before starting on the other Eagle-required ones.
How can I get a list of the Merit Badges?
The official and most current requirements can be found here:
http://www.scouting.org/meritbadges.aspx. There is also a Boy Scout Requirements Book that you can purchase at the Scout Shop or Scoutstuff.org for $5.99. It comes out annually and lists ALL the Merit Badges and requirements. For each merit badge, there is a Merit Badge Pamphlet that you can purchase at the scout shop or on Scoutstuff.org. The troop’s library may also have a copy available to check out and you may find relevant information on line. The pamphlets include useful information on the requirements and are designed to help a scout learn about a subject – they are a great resource! There are also worksheets available on line to help you track certain requirements and make notes for discussions as you work on the requirements. Here is a great resource for worksheets: http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/list.asp
What if I am ready to learn/earn a Merit Badge?
When will I get my Merit Badge?
Merit badges are presented to scouts during the next Court of Honor.
What is a Blue Card?
The Blue Card is a two-sided, tri-section document also known as the Application for Merit Badge. Why is it called “blue”? Because it’s blue in color and it’s much easier to remember than its formal name! It’s an official document that serves as a record of progress toward completion of a merit badge. Until the Scout has completed all the requirements, keep the blue card in a safe place. It’s the only documentation showing evidence of what the merit badge counselor has signed off. The merit badge counselor will list and initial each completed requirement in the middle section. Once all of the requirements are completed, the merit badge counselor will sign the blue card. Remember, it is not fully completed until the Scoutmaster signs section 1 & 2 of the blue card. Scoutmaster/Advancement Chair keeps Section 1; Scout keeps Section 2; MB Counselor keeps Section 3.
Is it necessary to keep the blue card once the merit badge is
YES, in case Scoutmaster/Advancement Chair misplaced their portion (section 1). By saving the Applicant’s Record portion of the completed/counselor signed blue card (section 2), the scout has proof that he has completed the merit badge! Keep it in a special spot such as the clear plastic baseball card protector sheets in a binder.
Is a blue card always issued when I am working on a Merit Badge?
There are two occasions when blue cards are not issued.
1. At summer camps. Scouts do not need blue cards when signing up for merit
badges. The camp will send the Scoutmaster a list of all merit badges that were
completed as well as those that were started but not completed. We refer to the
incomplete merit badges as “Partials” since scouts have only “partially”
completed the merit badges. If you did not complete a merit badge at summer
camp and you want to continue to work on it then request a Blue Card from the
Scoutmaster. The card will already have the requirements that you have met
2. Troop offers a merit badge class. Merit badge counselor will keep track of the
scout’s progress on a spreadsheet. However, if the scout does not complete the
merit badge in a timely manner, then a blue card can be issued.
Is there a time limit for completing a Merit Badge?
There is NO time limit for completing a merit badge and the ‘partials’ do not expire until the Scout’s 18th birthday but why procrastinate!
How long does it take to complete a merit badge?
Some merit badges do not take a lot of time and effort to complete while others could take weeks and months. Three of the Eagle-required merit badges, Family Life, Personal Fitness, and Personal Management, require 9 to 12 weeks of tracking. Try to get these three merit badges completed early on instead of waiting until the final stage of your trail to Eagle.
Will the Merit Badge requirements change from year-to-year?
Occasionally merit badges may get updated and requirements will change. If you
already began work on the merit badge prior to the changes, then you can follow the old requirements to complete the merit badge.
What should I do with all the Merit Badge patches?
The Merit Badge Sash (available at the Scout Shop) is a great place to permanently display the Merit Badge patches that you have earned. Buy the larger size so that you can grow into it and avoid having to resew the patches! It is worn during formal events and activities such as our Troop Court of Honor, your Eagle Board of Review, but not during regular Troop meetings or campouts. Important Note to Scout: The sash is worn over the RIGHT shoulder, down to the left hip so be sure to sew the patches on the correct side of the sash! Hint: Badge Magic (for purchase at the Scout store) is a great invention and does not require sewing. Great for merit badges since they do not need to be replaced, unlike rank badges!
Do the Eagle-required merit badges look different than the other merit
Yes! The Eagle-required merit badges have a silver border while the other merit
badges have a lime green border.
Who can be a Merit Badge Counselor?
ANY registered adults 18 or older from our Troop, Moms included, who have some
knowledge, skills, and/or experience in that topic/subject could sign up to be a Merit Badge Counselor. He/she needs to complete a Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Training provided online. If you know someone who is interested ask them to talk to our Scoutmaster. It’s a fantastic and rewarding way to get to know scouts in the troop.
What if I still have questions?
Contact your Scoutmaster, an ASM, or either of the Advancement Co-Chairs (Mrs.
Dalberth (email@example.com) or Mrs. Julian (firstname.lastname@example.org).