MA - BOY SCOUT TROOP 185
Advancement through knowledge,
skill and understanding is important. By following the scouting program,
each scout works toward a rank advancement, which requires them to learn
new things and face new challenges in a variety of areas, including
outdoor skills, citizenship, conservation and first aid, just to name a
few. Each scout progresses at his own rate. In the lower ranks a scout
follows a more rigid set of requirements. While in the higher ranks a
scout is given a broader set of requirements this gives them the
ability to express themselves and use the maturity and leadership skills
they will have gained coming up through the ranks. They also have
the opportunity to explore interests and gain knowledge as they earn a
variety of Merit Badges.
In addition to these areas of
advancement, the scouts must demonstrate scout spirit, citizenship and
living according to the Scout Law and Oath for each rank. Often, this
means the boys must volunteer to do projects in their communities
and think about their lives beyond their home, school and community. In
turn this allows them to really see and be a part of the world as a
Advancement of Rank and earning Merit
Badges is one of the most important activities carried out at each Troop
Meeting. The Senior Staff will help provide direction and learning
opportunities for those who want to advance to higher ranks. The
senior Scouts work with younger Scouts during Troop Meetings and Camp
outs to help them complete the rank advancement requirements. Merit
Badge Councilors offer a variety of Merit Badge workshops during the
year. Additional Merit Badges can be earned at Boy Scout Camp
during the summer or at Merit Badge College weekends during the year.
Rank advancement depends on the individual Scout's commitment to
the Scouting Program and his desire to achieve.
Troop 185 keeps a database of each
Scout's achievements. This information is available to each Scout
to help him plan activities for advancement. This database is
updated on a regular basis. Please contact us if you need a current
copy of your achievements.
Scouts --- Receive information related to your advancement status.
Contact us at:
Boy Scout there are eight possible Ranks which can be achieved.
Each of which has a specific set of requirements outlined in the
Boy Scout Handbook.
Badge (Joining Requirements)
detailed list of requirements for each Rank can be obtained at the
There are a wide
variety of merit badges that a Scout can earn. Scouts looking to
advance to the rank of Eagle must earn 12 merit badges from a specific
list of avaliable badges. The links below contain the requirements
for each merit badge. The Eagle required badges are highlighted on
the Merit Badge Requirements site.