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The Four Steps to Boy Scout Advancement

There are four basic steps in Boy Scout advancement, and they apply to all six ranks:

Step 1 -- The Scout learns. He learns Scouting skills by taking an active, hands-on part in troop and patrol meetings and outdoor programs. this learning, as we said above, is the natural outcome of his regular Scouting activities -- his "on-the-job" training.

Step 2 -- The Scout is tested. When his leaders see that he has mastered a given skill and satisfied a given requirement, they tell him so -- and record his achievement.

Step 3 -- The Scout is reviewed. When a Scout completes all requirements for a rank, he appears before a "Board of Review" composed of members of the Troop Committee. Their purpose is not to retest him, but to make sure he has met all the requirements, to chat with him about how he feels he's getting along with the troop and its program, and of course to encourage him to keep advancing.

Step 4 -- The Scout is recognized. When a Scout is certified by the Board of Review, he is awarded his new badge of rank as soon as possible, normally in a ceremony at the next troop meeting. He should be recognized again at the troop's next Court of Honor.

Sections in this part of the site:

Eagle Scout Information including Life to Eagle process, requirements, and answers to frequently asked questions

Monthly Scouting Podcast


Introduction to Boy Scout Advancement

Boy Scout Ranks
Varsity Scout Advancement and Awards
Eagle Resource Center
  • Eagle Application
  • Life To Eagle Packet in PDF format (222 Kb)
  • Resources Page for Advancement, Service Project, and Court of Honor


Tools for Keeping Track of Advancement
  • Individual Scout Record in PDF format (22 kb)
  • Boy Scout Advancement Record in PDF format (108 Kb)
  • Boy Scout Advancement Record in editable MS Excel 5.0 format (36 Kb)
    (Note: These forms were created by Curt Lytle, Great Salt Lake Council) 
Special Opportunities for Boy Scouts


Santa Barbara Service Center

Main Administrative Office
4000 Modoc Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Office: (805) 967-0105
Fax: (805) 967-5094
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday thru Friday

Closed Saturday & Sunday

Santa Maria Service Center

Santa Maria Town Center Mall
228 Town Center East (2nd Floor)
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Office: (805) 925-1955
Fax: (805) 925-9206
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday

Hours: 10 am to 4 pm;

Closed Sunday

Atascadero Service Center

7350 El Camino Real, Suite #201
Atascadero, CA 93422
Office: (805) 461-4018
Fax: (805) 461-4021

Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday & Wednesday

Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Closed Sunday, Monday, Friday, and Saturday


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