THE SECOND YEAR AND BEYOND
After the first year it becomes even more fun. Your son will be very familiar with the troop and the program. He now will be able to
participate and share more. Since there is no prescribed time frame in which he must accomplish a particular rank, a scout progresses
through the ranks at his own pace.
SECOND CLASS – The requirements build on the Tenderfoot experience by asking the scout to now demonstrate the skills on his own rather
than be a helper with the skills. The majority of the requirements are outdoors based and must be completed on camping trips. He will
realize requirements can be worked on simultaneously even though the ranks must be earned sequentially. Therefore, he may find himself
also working on First Class requirements and Merit Badges.
FIRST CLASS – The requirements become more demanding but again they continue to build on the same basic skill
set learned as a Tenderfoot and reinforced as a Second Class scout. Upon completing this rank he will become
qualified to be an instructor for the younger less experienced scouts. He will no longer be receiving scouting; he will be
giving, helping, and sharing his knowledge with other younger scouts.
LEADERSHIP – As a First Class scout your son will have enough experience and the skill set required to assume a leadership position. He
may be asked or elected to fill a post within his patrol or the troop. He will also be instrumental in shaping and carrying out the troop
program because of his experience.
HIGH ADVENTURE – Being First Class, with the necessary merit badges, and maturity level, your
son will now, with your permission, be eligible to participate in the high adventure trips.
STAR AND LIFE SCOUT –These two ranks are achieved by earning merit badges, holding a
leadership position in the troop, and taking part in service projects.
EAGLE – Is achieved by earning more merit badges and holding a leadership position in the troop. The Eagle
candidate must also plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a significant service project helpful to any
religious institution, any school, or his community. It cannot benefit Boy Scouting.
Earning the Eagle badge of rank is a very prestigious accomplishment. Less than three percent of scouts reach
this honor. It is well recognized throughout the academic and business world. A boy has to earn Eagle before his