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Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

Troop 33 tracks individual advancement through software known as Troopmaster.  Click here to learn how to login and use this software.

Four Steps for Advancement

1. Learn
A Scout studies and practices the requirement until he is ready to be tested on that requirement. In the first year program older scouts, called Troop Guides, teach younger scouts basic skills such as camping, cooking, knots, first aid, lashings, plant and wildlife identification, and more. 

2. Test

A Scout demonstrates his knowledge of a requirement to his Troop Guide, Troop Instructor, Patrol Leader, or one of the adult leaders and obtains their signature in his handbook.

3. Review

When all the requirements have been completed for a rank, the Scout schedules a Scoutmaster conference. The ‘Scout Spirit’ requirement is discussed with the Scoutmaster at the conference.

After the scout passes a Scoutmaster Conference; he requests a Board of Review. A board of review consists of three adults from the Troop Committee. As a review board, it is not a forum for testing scouts on their skills. The Board will collect information on what the scout has learned and been tested on, and review participation records. They consider overall scouting spirit in consideration of a scout’s request for rank advancement. The process is meant to encourage each scout and make sure that the candidate recognizes and understands the value of scouting beyond the Troop; at home, at school, and in the community.

4. Recognition

After the Scout passes a Board of Review, the badge of rank will be presented at the next Court of Honor. The Scout becomes the rank when he passes the board of review. The Scout can start work towards the next rank immediately, even if it is a couple of months until the Court of Honor.