path-to-first-classBoy 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.

Advancement is done when the boy is ready, and requests a Scoutmaster Conference, and undergoes a Board of Review (every rank except Scout). When the requirements in his handbook are complete, the boy should request a Scoutmaster Conference. After that, the boy presents himself in front of a Board of Review (BoR). The BoR is made up of Committee members, but does not include the Scoutmaster, any Assistant Scoutmasters, or the boy’s parent if they are on the Committee. Assuming that the boy acquits himself well at the BoR, his new rank will be effective immediately, and announced to the Troop. As soon as is feasible after that, he is presented with his new rank badge. Finally, at the next Court of Honor, he is recognized for his accomplishments in front of the troop’s boys, its adult leaders, and the parents.

It is hoped that the boys can progress to First Class Scout in the first year, but it may take up to 18 months, depending on the level of participation.

Here is a rough plan of the requirements and settings for each of the requirements leading to First Class: Path to First Class