The Advancement Trail
Scouts progress from rank to rank, learning new skills as they go. In Cub Scouting, each of the ranks and awards has its own requirements. As Cub Scouts get older and advance through the ranks, the requirements become more challenging to match their new skills and abilities.
Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and the steps to overcome them through the rank advancement method. Each Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. Rank advancement is one method used by Scout leaders to help boys fulfill the aims of Scouting: character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness.
What It Means To Be An Eagle Scout
- Service, community engagement, and leadership development are integral parts of earning Scouting’s highest rank.
- An Eagle Scout has proved his character and leadership by making a positive impact in his own life, his family, and his community.
- Being an Eagle Scout carries a significance, not only in Scouting but also as one enters higher education, business or industry, and community service.
- Only about 5 percent of all Boy Scouts ever achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.