Boy Scout Advancement
In the Scouting program, recognition is gained through leadership in the unit, attending and participating in activities, living the principles of Scouting and developing a proficiency in outdoor life, useful skills and career exploration.
Measurement is done by means of skills. Skills are designed to provide Boy Scouts with a chance to achieve the three goals of Scouting: good citizenship, growth in moral strength and character and mental and physical fitness. Skills allow a Scout to grow in confidence and self-reliance and provide good wholesome fun.
Unlike Cub Scouting, Boy Scout rank advancement does not depend on a Scout’s age. Every new Scout starts at the same point – the Scout badge. Starting a few years after his peers does not make it impossible for a Boy Scout to earn the Eagle Scout award.