How does the rank advancement process work?
Boys work on their rank advancement requirements independently or with their patrol or troop. These are separate from merit badge requirements. They may work on advancement requirements for ranks beyond the immediate next rank (e.g., a Scout can work on his Second Class requirements, even before achieving Tenderfoot rank). After completing all but the last three requirements for any given rank, the Scout schedules a Scoutmaster Conference with the Scoutmaster. Following successful completion of this conference, he schedules a Board of Review with the Advancement Chair. Complete, full uniform is required for the Board of Review, typically conducted during a Troop meeting. Signoff from the Advancement Chair of the Board of Review requirement advances the Scout to the next rank.