Every rank in Scouting is reached by accomplishments by the scout. These requirements are age-appropriate activities that help grow and mold the boy into a self-sufficient, confident, able man. Themes run through the requirements from the beginning Tiger to the Eagle. For instance, when a Wolf scout cooks cookies with his mother, that begins to train him to cook for his patrol as a Life scout.
As a new Scout, the Tenderfoot rank represents an opportunity to learn and absorb the Troop culture around him. He will be guided by older Scouts and Patrol leaders who will show him the fundamentals of Troop functionality.
He will begin to develop basic citizenship, outdoorsmanship, and physical fitness skills which will become his arsenal on the Trail to Eagle.
This Scout has mastered the basics of the Troop but is still young on his Trail to Eagle. He must continue demonstrate the skills and achieve the merit badges required to achieve the next level. The Scout will have learned basic first aid, swim safety, and fitness tests.
His character and citizenship will begin to be molded as he learns fiscal resposibility, and what it means to live the Words to Live by on a daily basis.
This is a prime opportunity to develop Troop skills and advance a young Scout's understanding of his Trail to Eagle. Here, he will be introduced to the Board of Review process and will learn to display and defend his achievements.
He will also be able to demonstrate a large variety of outdoor skills from orienteering to lashings and survival methods.
This rank marks the to beginning of a young leader. A Star Scout has earned his place by serving in a leadership capacity amongst his peers. He has also, likely participated in a Summer Camp program and has begun to define his Trail to Eagle with a clear path set by his Scout Master and the Scout himself.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. A Scout who attains this rank is called an Eagle Scout or Eagle. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. The title of Eagle Scout is held for life, thus giving rise to the phrase "Once an Eagle, always an Eagle".
Requirements include earning at least 21 merit badges and demonstrating Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law, 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.