Life Rank Patch

Life
Rank Requirements*


Requirements were REVISED effective January 1, 2016.

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Transition rules for the Star, Life, and Eagle ranks:

  • For 2016:
    • Boys joining on or after Jan. 1, 2016, MUST use the new requirements.
    • Boys who have completed First Class MAY complete the rank they are currently working on using the previous requirements, but then MUST convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.
  • After 2016:
    • All Scouts MUST use the new requirements for all ranks.

  1. Be active in your unit (and patrol if you are in one) troop for at least six months as a Star Scout.
  2. Demonstrate As a Star Scout, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Earn 5 five more merit badges (so that you have 11 in all), including any 3 more three additional badges from the required list for Eagle. You may choose any of the 17 merit badges on the required list for Eagle to fulfill this requirement. See Eagle rank requirement 3 for this list.
    Name of Merit Badge Date Earned  
    (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________ (required for Eagle)**
    (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________ (required for Eagle)**
    (Eagle required) _________________________ _________________________ (required for Eagle)**
    _________________________ _________________________  
    _________________________ _________________________  

    ** Choose any of the 17 required merit badges in the 13 categories to fulfill requirement 3. See requirement 3 in the Eagle Scout rank requirements for a list of badges required for Eagle.

  4. While a Star Scout, take part in service project(s)totaling at least 6 hours of work. These projects must be participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. At least 3 hours of this service must be conservation related.
  5. While a Star Scout, serve actively in your  unit troop for 6 six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility*** listed in requirement 5 for Star Scout (or carry out a unit leader-assigned leadership project to help your unit the troop):
    Boy Scout troop.
    • Patrol leader,
    • Venture patrol leader
    • assistant senior patrol leader,
    • senior patrol leader,
    • troop guide,
    • Order of the Arrow troop representative,
    • den chief,
    • scribe,
    • librarian,
    • historian,
    • quartermaster,
    • bugler,
    • junior assistant Scoutmaster,
    • chaplain aide,
    • instructor ,
    • webmaster, or
    • Leave No Trace trainer**
      outdoor ethics guide. 7
    Varsity Scout team.
    • Captain,
    • co-captain,
    • program manager,
    • squad leader,
    • team secretary,
    • Order of the Arrow team representative,
    • librarian,
    • historian,
    • quartermaster,
    • chaplain aide,
    • instructor,
    • den chief,
    • webmaster, or
    • Leave No Trace trainer
      outdoor ethics guide.
    Venturing crew / Sea Scout ship.
    • President,
    • vice president,
    • secretary,
    • treasurer,
    • den chief,
    • quartermaster,
    • historian,
    • guide,
    • boatswain,
    • boatswain's mate,
    • yeoman,
    • purser,
    • storekeeper, or
    • webmaster, or
    • Leave No Trace trainer

    Lone Scout.

    Leadership responsibility in your school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in your community.
     
  6. While a Star Scout, use the EDGE method to teach another Scout (preferably younger than you) the skills from ONE of the following seven choices, so that he is prepared to pass those requirements to his unit leader's Scoutmaster's satisfaction.
    1. Second Class Tenderfoot - 7a 4a and 7c 4b (first aid)
    2. Second Class - 3c 2b, 3d 2c, 3e,  and 3f 2d (cooking/camping)
    3. First Second Class - 3a 8a, 8b, 8c, and 8d 3d (first aid) (navigation)
    4. First Class - 1 3a, 7a 3b, 3c, and 7b 3d (outdoor skills) (tools)
    5. First Class - 4a and , 4b and 4d (navigation) (cooking/camping)
    6. Second Class - 1a 6a and 6b (outdoor skills) (first aid)
    7. First Class - 7a and 7b (first aid)
    8. g. Three requirements from one of the Eagle-required required Eagle merit badges, as approved by your unit leader Scoutmaster.
  7. Take part While a Star Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference
  8. Successfully complete your board of review for the Life rank. 8

Notes:

* For Varsity Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "team" and "Scoutmaster" with "Varsity Scout Coach."
For Venturers working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "crew" and "Scoutmaster" with "Crew Advisor."
For Sea Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "ship" and "Scoutmaster" with "Skipper."

** 7 Assistant patrol leader is not an approved position of responsibility for the Star, Life, or Eagle rank.

8 If the board of review does not approve the Scout’s advancement, the decision may be appealed in accordance with Guide to Advancement, topic 8.0.4.0.


Source: 2016 Boy Scout Rank Requirements (524-012)


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NOTE: The footnote to Requirement 3 means that, for example, a Scout can use both Lifesaving AND Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science AND Sustainability, and/or Swimming, Hiking, AND Cycling toward the requirement of 3 more from the required list for Eagle when working toward Life Scout.) Also note that the asterisks are specifically placed on the lines marked "(Eagle required )" signifying that the note applies to these badges. The Guide to Advancement explicitly states this:

7.0.4.5 Earning Eagle-Required Merit Badges for Star or Life Rank
Candidates for Star or Life, in the selection of “any four” or “any three,” respectively, of the merit badges required for Eagle, may choose from all those listed, including where alternatives are available: Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving; Cycling OR Hiking OR Swimming; and Environmental Science OR Sustainability. For example, if a Scout earns Cycling, Hiking, and Swimming, all three of them count as Eagle required for Life rank. Only one, however, would serve toward the required merit badges for the Eagle Scout rank. The other two would count toward the optional merit badges required to make up the total of 21 merit badges.

Note that Star and Life requirements each allow two non-Eagle-required merit badges. It is the Scout’s decision, however, to earn more—or all—of his Star and Life badges from the Eagle-required list.

Also note that Requirement 8 - (Successfully complete your board of review for Life rank.) MAY be done AFTER the Scout has reached age 18. All other requirements must be completed BEFORE the Scout's 18th Birthday.


VENTURERS and SEA SCOUTS

The following additional requirements apply to boys registered in the Venturing Program or as Sea Scouts.

  • Any male Venturer or Sea Scout who has achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop or Varsity Scout in a team may continue advancement toward Star, Life and Eagle Scout ranks up to his 18th birthday.
  • He must meet the requirements as prescribed in the official Boy Scout Handbook and the current Boy Scout Requirements book.
  • A board of review will be conducted by the crew or ship committee.


Page updated on: March 03, 2017



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