As a scout, one of your goals is to advance in rank. The complete requirements can be found in your scout book. There are three categories in which the ranks fall, but to earn any of them you must have a Scoutmaster Conference after completing the rest of the requirements. In addition, all ranks except Scout require a Board of Review following the conference. The purpose of these final items is to assess whether the scout is ready to earn the rank, their experience in the troop, and how they went about earning the rank.
Scout: The focus of the scout rank is to familiarize yourself with scouting and its ideals. Once you are able to complete the requirements, ask the Scoutmaster or one of the Assistant Scoutmasters for a conference to demonstrate your knowledge.
Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class: The purpose of many of the requirements of these ranks is to learn scout skills such as camping, first aid, safety, cooking, knot tying and orienteering. As you complete each requirement, ask a scout who has earned the First Class rank or higher and who has attended Youth Leadership Training to review the requirement with you so it can be signed off. As with the Scout rank, once you have finished all the requirements ask the Scoutmaster or one of the Assistant Scoutmasters for a conference. However, unlike the Scout rank you must have a Board of Review afterwards. To do so talk to Mr. Jackson, who organizes Boards of Review.
Star, Life, Eagle: These ranks focus on leadership and service. In doing so, you will give back to the troop and community. Rather than learning preselected skills as you did for previous ranks, you have the freedom to chose from merit badges covering a variety of interests, although some of them must be Eagle required.