Advancements & Eagles
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.
Find more advancement resources for Boy Scouts here.
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.
Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (right click and save to desktop or desired location, then opened saved file)
Looking for Eagle Scout project ideas? Visit our community service page for a list of organizations needing help.
Eagle Scouts, their parents and Order of the Arrow members can provide additional support to Scouting by proudly displaying the official Eagle Scout or Order of the Arrow license plate on their vehicles.
Missouri residents should fill out the Emblem Use Authorization form and mail it to the council office along with a $25 check. The Council will process the form and return your application for personalized plates. Take this approved form to your local license office for processing.
Illinois residents can obtain an Eagle Scout license plate application by visiting cyberdriveillinois.com and returning it to a Secretary of State facility.