Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps to overcome them through the advancement method. The Scout plans his
advancement and progresses at his own pace as he overcomes each challenge. The Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain
self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a boy grow in self-reliance and the ability to help others.
Each Scout's Boy Scout Handbook is his primary record of advancement. Scouts are expected to secure the proper signature from the Scoutmaster,
an Assistant Scoutmaster, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster or Troop Committee Member upon completion of each requirement, and then to present the
approval signatures to the troop advancement chairperson. The troop maintains advancement records based on the Scout's handbook. Toward the
end of each meeting, before game, Scouts who have completed advancement requirements that evening are to leave their books at the counter.
During game, the troop Advancement chair will update the troop records. Scouts can collect their books after closing.
Scouts and parents are also given access to Troopmaster Web so that they can view their transcripts and update personal information. If you need
access, are having trouble, or forgot your User ID or Password, or if you have any corrections to your personal information, please contact the
Advancement Chair or the Scoutmaster.
Blue merit badge cards are required for each merit badge a Scout earns. Scouts must obtain Scoutmaster approval prior to meeting with a Merit
Badge Counselor. Scouts are responsible for maintaining the blue cards until the badge has been completed and signed by the counselor. Upon
completion, the Scout must present the approved card to the Scoutmaster, who will ultimately approve it and forward the card to the troop
advancement chairperson. There currently is a class running for the American Heritage merit badge (January to April 2015); click on the link to review
the requirements and schedule.
Positions of Responsibility
Serving in a Position of Responsibility (PoR) is a requirement for advancement to Star, Life, and Eagle ranks. Troop elections/sppointments are held
twice a year, for terms running from January 1 through June 30, and from July 1 through December 31. More than one member may hold some
The advancement requirement calls for a period of months. Any number of positions may be held as long as total service time equals at least the
number of months required. Holding simultaneous positions does not shorten the required number of months. Positions need not flow from one to
the other; there may be gaps between them.
When a Scout assumes a position, something related to the desired results must happen. Holding a position and doing nothing, producing no
results, is unacceptable. Some degree of responsibility must be practiced, taken, or accepted.
The Positions of Responsibility page linked in this sentence lists all elected and appointed PoRs available to be filled by Scouts of Troop 70, as well
as required actions and results the holder of each PoR is to accomplish.
Elected and appointed leaders are expected to:
- participate in Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops
- actively serve and fulfill the responsibilities of their position in order to advance.
- attend all Patrol Leaders Council meetings
- attend all troop meetings
- participate in all patrol and/or troop camping trips, service projects, fundraisers, and other activities
- wear the uniform
- communicate with senior leaders and subordinates
For Star and Life ranks only, a unit leader may assign a leadership project as a substitute for the position of responsibility.
For the Second Class Rank, a Scout must participate in a service project or projects approved by his Scoutmaster. The time of service must be a
minimum of one hour. This project prepares a Scout for the more involved service projects he must perform for the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout Ranks.
For Star and Life ranks, a Scout must perform six hours of service to others. This may be done as an individual project or as a member of a patrol or
troop project. Star and Life service projects may be approved for Scouts assisting on Eagle service projects. The Scoutmaster approves the project
before it is started. While a Life Scout, a Scout must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project to any religious institution,
school, or community.
All service performed by Scouts and leaders should be reported so that it may be recorded by the troop and submitted to Good Turn for America, even
service performed outside of the troop. Use the Service Hours Data Form to report your service.
Eagle Rank-Required Merit Badges
A Scout must successfully complete twenty-one (21) merit badges en route to earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Thirteen (13) of these badges must be
from the "Eagle-required" list. Brief descriptions of these required badges and some insight on how a Scout might approach earning them is written
up in the linked document Earning Eagle Rank-Required Merit Badges.
The “tracking” required badges that a Scout must earn to attain Eagle rank are Personal Management, Family Life and Personal Fitness. All three
require that the Scout develop a plan of action and track his progress toward fulfilling his plan over an extended period of time (approximately three (3)
months). Troop 70 adults provide instruction during meetings for these three badges over the course of a twelve-month cycle as follows:
- Personal Management – begin December 1 and end March 31 (2015 schedule).
- Family Life – begin April 1 and end July 31 (2015 schedule).
- Personal Fitness – begin August 1 and end November 30 (2014 schedule).
Instructors will hold class sessions during the periods indicated. Scouts should make every effort to start and complete their tracking task for each
badge during that period.
The purpose of Star, Life, and Eagle Scout requirements calling for Scouts to be active for a period of months involves impact. Since we prepare
young people to go forth, and essentially, make a positive difference in our American society, we judge that a member is “active” when his level of
activity in Scouting, whether high or minimal, has had a sufficiently positive influence toward this end.
While 100% participation is the goal, Scouts in Troop 70 are expected to attend a majority of troop meetings, activities and camping trips. This means
a minimum of 50% participation during a period to count toward advancement. These same expectations are applied to adult membership to