Trail to 1st Class
The Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, and 1st Class ranks - referred to S-T-2-1 - provide the Scout with the core skills to be self sufficient in the outdoors, as well as, help him become a positive influence in the community. These outdoor skills consist of Safety, Cooking, Swimming, First Aid, and Camping. The community skills consist of Duty and Service. Each rank builds on these skills and allows the Scout to learn by experience. These skills are most often developed and requirements achieved during the various activities that make up the Troop's programming. The requirements for the S-T-2-1 ranks do not have to be completed in any particular order, however, the ranks must be completed in the order of Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, and then 1st Class.
A rule of thumb for the S-T-2-1 trail is to accomplish 1st Class in approximately one year. Although, many Scouts achieve 1st Class in less time and others take longer. The time it takes is not as important as the skills he learns.
Troop 337 provides a very rich program of outdoor activities, community service, and learning opportunities to help the Scout navigate the Road to 1st Class.
Trail to Eagle
The Star, Life and Eagle ranks require a different approach by the Scout. Requirements for these ranks are based on Merit Badges, Service Projects, and Leadership. These are all self-paced and self-managed steps towards advancement. This is where a Scout must decide for himself if these ranks are important enough to schedule the time to complete the requirements.
Time is still not an issue for young Scouts. Completing Star and Life in a year each and Eagle in two years will complete the ranks for most Scouts before the age of 16 years old. This is a doable pace providing balance between Scouting, family, school, and sports. For Scouts that start later, a faster pace may be required to meet the goals of the Scout.
Until a Scout's 18th birthday he can earn Eagle Palms for his continued achievements.
Troop 337 leaders are very eager to provide assistance to Scouts as they follow their advancement trail.
Scout is the first rank, and is earned by completing certain requirements. The badge is awarded when the boy demonstrates a rudimentary knowledge of the Scouting ideals such as tying a square knot and knowing the Scout oath, law, motto, and slogan.
Tenderfoot is the second rank a scout can earn. A Scout can work on the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but each rank must be earned in sequence. The badge is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit.
Second Class is the rank above Tenderfoot and below First Class. A Scout can work on the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but must be earned in sequence. The badge is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit.
First Class is the rank above Second Class and below Star Scout. A Scout can work on the requirements for the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks at the same time, but must earn them in sequence. The badge is awarded when the Scout completes requirements in the areas of Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit. At this point, Scouts stop focusing on the Scout skills, and start working on leadership.
Star is the rank above First Class and below Life Scout. It is the third-highest rank. Star is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew in a position of responsibility for at least 4 months; performs at least six hours of community service; and earns six merit badges.
Life is the second-highest rank attainable, above Star and below Eagle. Life is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew, serves in a position of responsibility for six months, and performs six hours of community service. A Scout must also earn five merit badges for a total of 11, including the six previously earned. Finally, the Scout must pass a Scoutmaster conference, and board of review.
Eagle Scout is the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting division. Since its introduction in 1911, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than 2 million young men. Requirements include earning a minimum total of 21 merit badges, including all required badges that were not previously earned, and demonstration of Scout Spirit, 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.