To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills. Although many options are available to demonstrate proficiency in these areas, a number of specific skills are required to advance through the ranks—Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. To advance, a Boy Scout must pass specific tests that are organized by requirements and merit badges.
Merit badges signify the mastery of certain Scoutcraft skills, as well as helping boys increase their skill in an area of personal interest. Of the 120 merit badges available, 21 must be earned to qualify for Eagle Scout. Of this group, 12 badges are required, including First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Environmental Science, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Camping, and Family Life. In addition, a Scout has a choice between Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving and a choice among Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming.
At each of his rank advancements, a Boy Scout takes part in a Scoutmaster conference. These conferences help the Scout to set goals for himself in line with his individual talents and abilities. At each conference, the Scoutmaster helps him evaluate how well he accomplished his present goal and then works with him in setting new goals.
Service and Responsibility
Beginning with the Star rank, and continuing through Life and Eagle, a Scout must demonstrate participation in increasingly more responsible service projects. At these levels, he also must demonstrate leadership skills by holding one or more specific youth positions of responsibility in his patrol and/or troop.
Steps in Advancement
Advancement, one of the eight methods by which the aims of Scouting are achieved, has four steps through each award level.
First, the Scout learns. Much of his learning comes from other boys in his patrol or troop and by active participation in troop program. His patrol activities are directed toward the skills he needs. Every troop hike, camping trip, or other activity offers potential learning experiences. A Scout learns to pitch a tent by pitching one, to use a compass by finding directions, and to cook a meal by having to prepare and eat it.
Second, the Scout is tested. The specific requirements determine the kind of testing. Verbal testing is sufficient in some instances. In other instances, a Scout must demonstrate his skills by doing.
Third, the Scout is reviewed. The purpose of the review is to ensure that all requirements for advancement have been met. This includes a check of the Scout's attitude and practice of the ideals of Scouting, in addition to his Scoutcraft skills. The decision regarding whether a Scout has met the required standards to qualify for rank advancement begins with the troop and, for the Eagle Scout rank, is approved by the district, local council, and finally, the National Council.
Fourth, the Scout is recognized. The final step in advancement involves presentation of the badge, usually at a ceremony before the entire troop.
Boy Scouts With Disabilities
Boy Scouts with disabilities may qualify for the Eagle Scout rank. Each Scout must earn as many of the required merit badges as he can. He then submits an application for alternate merit badges. His BSA local council determines the alternate merit badges for him to earn.
National Eagle Scout Association
Founded in 1972, the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) maintains contact with Eagle Scouts to sustain their interest in Scouting. Any Eagle Scout may join the association. Applications for membership in NESA are available through your local council, on the BSA Web page (www.scouting.org), or by contacting the Eagle Scout Service at the national office.
Distinguished Eagle Scout Award
The Distinguished Eagle Scout Award was established in 1969 to acknowledge Eagle Scouts who have distinguished themselves in business, professions, and service to their country. Only Eagle Scouts who earned the Eagle Scout rank a minimum of 25 years previously are eligible for nomination. The award is given by the National Eagle Scout Service upon the recommendation of a committee of Distinguished Eagle Scouts.
Fun with a Purpose! This is the foundation which allows the Heart of America Council to provide a superior summer camp experience to the youth members of our council. Each age appropriate camp program recognizes the importance of providing an enjoyable and attractive experience for young people, while at the same time, address the elements that are important to youth development, such as social adeptness, caring relationships, creative use of time and respect for one self and others.
- Camping Resources and Forms — Print health forms, camperships applications and much much more.
- Cub Scout Overnight Family Camping — Overnight camping is not just for Boy Scouts. As part of the pack's annual plan, each pack should include a well organized Pack Overnighter for the Cub Scouts and families in their unit. Well planned, organized overnighters at the pack level help fulfill the promise made to our Cub Scouts.
Cub Scout Day Camp
, is a day time camping experience held within each district of the council. Tiger Cubs through Webelos will enjoy this camp.
is a Cub Scout Resident Camp designed for Bear Cub Scouts. Held at the Theodore Naish Scout Reservation in Bonner Springs, Kansas, Bear Camp is a theme-oriented overnight camping experience that provides a one-night, two day camping experience with a program that is designed as an introduction to the long-term camping program of the Boy Scouts of America.
Webelos Scout Resident Camp
is also held at the Naish Scout Reservation. The program is designed for both first and second year Webelos Scouts, with the first year Webelos program revolving on Activity Badges such as Sportsman, Aquanaut, and Naturalist. The second year Webelos Program is designed to advance the camping skills of a young man as he prepares to enter his next level of scouting, Boy Scouting. The Webelos Camp Program is a two night, three day camping experience.
Boy Scout Resident Camp
is a long-term camping experience for all young men in the Boy Scout Program. It is designed to teach independence and interdependence among scouts while at the same time provide opportunities for them to learn leadership and teamwork as they live the patrol method and work on advancement and merit badge requirements. The Heart of America Council offers three long-term camping programs for Boy Scouts.
The H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation
is a nine-day Boy Scout camping experience with the opportunity for a young man to become a member the Tribe of Mic-O-Say after he has experienced three years of long term summer camp.
The Council operates a five-day Boy Scout Camping experience at Rotary Youth Camp
on Lake Jacomo. This program offers the Boy Scout camping program to young men who have a disability, which prevents them from attending either the Naish or Bartle Scout Reservations. Both honor camping programs are a part of Rotary Camp.