The mission of the Boy Scouts is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Boy Scouts form Troops. Troops are led by a Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters and some time Troop Leaders which are Boy Scouts of a higher rank. A boy works his way up through the Troop earning merit badges. Merit Badges earns the scout various ranks along the way (Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Start Life and Eagle). Eagle Scout is the highest rank that can be achieved as a Boy Scout and only 4% of all Scouts have attained the award since its inception in 1912. A boy scout can branch off into other division of Boy Scouts, such as Varsity Scouting and Venture.
Do A Good Turn Daily
The Scout Slogan does not mean you are to do one "Good Turn" during the day and then stop. It means looking for chances to help throughout each day, then helping quietly, without boasting. Doing "Good Turns" should become an automatic, normal part of your life. Remember always that a "Good Turn" is an extra act of kindness. It is not just something you do because it is good manners.
Adapted from the 1979 Official Boy Scout Handbook
Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venture
A Venture patrol is an optional patrol within a Boy Scout troop for boys 13 to 17 years old. These troop members have the maturity and experience to take part in more challenging high-adventure outings. The Venture patrol's youth leader is the Venture Patrol Leader. The Venture patrol elects the patrol leader, who works with an Assistant Scoutmaster - Venture to put the patrol's plans into action. The Venture Patrol Letter is administered by the Assistant Scoutmaster-Venture. A Venture patrol can be a full-time, part-time, or one-time activity.
Boy Scout Monthly Themes 2013- 2014
Click here to view the Scouting.org Troop Program Features Vol. I-III. The themes are listed alphabetically. I find the way that they broke down each them very easy for the youth leadership to follow. There are also other websites that are helpful such as www.usscouts.org
As of October 2012 there are 130 merit badges offered. This is an unusually high number as they historically have sought to keep the number around 100, retiring some when introducing new ones. Download "How to Use a Blue Card to Earn a Merit Badge" at the bottom of this page.
Click here for a list of merit badges and their worksheets.
Merit Badge Requirements & Workbooks (Site 1)
Source: US Scouting Service Project
Merit Badge Requirements & Workbooks (Site 2)
Boy Scout Ranks
There are 6 Ranks to Boy Scouts with the highest rank being an Eagle Scout.
is a joining badge, earned by completing the requirements to join Boy Scouting. The scout badge is not considered a rank The badge is awarded when the boy demonstrates a rudimentary knowledge of the Scouting ideals such as tying a square knot and knowing the Scout oath, law, and slogan.
Tenderfoot is the first rank. A Scout can work on the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but each rank must be earned in sequence.
Second Class is the rank above Tenderfoot and below First Class. A Scout can work on the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but must be earned in sequence.
First Class is the rank above Second Class and below Star Scout. A Scout can work on the requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks at the same time, but must earn them in sequence.
Although Eagle is the highest rank and one all Scouts should strive for, the number of Scouts achieving First Class within one year of joining is still one of the key measures of unit effectiveness. Studies have shown that if a Scout achieves First Class within a year of joining, he typically stays in the Scout program for at least three years. Scouts who do so are more likely to retain Scout values as an adult and achieve the BSA primary mission of "producing useful citizens".
Star is the rank above First Class and below Life Scout. Star is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew in a position of responsibility for at least 4 months; performs at least six hours of community service; and earns six merit badges (four of which must be required for Eagle Scout rank).
Life is second-highest rank attainable and ranks above Star Scout and below Eagle. Life is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew, serves in a position of responsibility for six months, and performs six hours of community service. Another thing a scout must do in order to achieve Life is earn an additional five merit badges (three of which are required for the rank of Eagle), to make a minimum total of eleven merit badges (including the six previously required for Star). Finally, the scout must pass a scoutmaster conference, and board of review.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting division. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men.
Requirements include earning a number of merit badges and demonstration of Scout Spirit, service and leadership. This includes an extensive service project that the Scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. Eagle Scouts are presented with a medal and a badge that visibly recognizes the accomplishments of the Scout. Additional recognition can be earned through Eagle Palms, awarded for completing additional tenure, leadership and merit badge requirements.
Sources: Scouting.org, MeritBadge.org, USScouts.org