There are seven ranks that a Scout can earn, each contributing to essential knowledge or attitudes of Scouting. The ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class require an understanding of the ideals of Scouting as well as beginning first-aid and camping skills. The ranks of Life, Star, and Eagle focus on leadership, service, and merit badges.
Requirements for each rank are found in the Scout Handbook. Scouts of equal or more senior rank or trained adult leaders in the Troop can initial and date the Handbook as requirements are met. The final requirements for each rank are for a Scout to schedule a conference with the Scoutmaster and pass a Board of Review. Rank advancement is accomplished at a Scout’s own pace, but a Troop 100 goal is to have each Scout earn First Class by the end of his first year in the troop.