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BSA provides recognition for Scout achievements. The advancement program allows Scouts to progress from rank to rank. A fundamental purpose of advancement is the self-confidence a young man acquires from his participation in a troop. Requirements serve as the basis for a Boy Scout's rank advancement. The four steps to advancement are learning, testing, reviewing, and recognition.
Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
Besides rank advancement, there are more than 100 merit badges a Scout can earn. He can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers. A Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. He doesn't need to have had rank advancement to be eligible. Many Scouts have been introduced to a lifelong hobby or rewarding career through the merit badge program. Merit badges help Scouts develop physical skills, social skills, and self-reliance. A Scout interested in earning a merit badge should talk to the Scoutmaster and obtain a “blue card”.
When a Scout completes the requirements for his next rank, the Scoutmaster reviews his progress during a Scoutmaster's conference. The Scoutmaster's conference helps the Scout evaluate his accomplishments and set new goals. Once this conference is complete, the Scout requests a board of review from the Advancement Coordinator.
Board of Review
When a Scout has completed all the requirements for a rank, he appears before a board of review composed of members of the troop committee. The purpose of the review is not an examination, but to determine the Scout's attitude and acceptance of Scouting's ideals; to ensure that the requirements have been met for advancement; to discuss the Scout's experiences in the troop and the troop's program, and to encourage him to keep working towards advancement. A board of review may also be held to counsel a boy about his lack of progress toward advancement.
Scouts of Troop 1910 going before a board of review must be properly wearing their uniform. The Scout must have his handbook and all necessary documentation to verify completion of rank advancement.
Court of Honor
Troop 1910 conducts a court of honor four times per year (September, December, March and June) in order to recognize the achievements of each Scout. Parents, relatives and friends are encouraged to attend these special occasions.