Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others. Merit badges, badges of rank, and Eagle Palms may be earned by a registered Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or qualified Venturer or Sea Scout. He may earn these awards until his 18th birthday.

Rank Advancement Process for Troop 224 (Click here for print copy)

Scouts will earn ranks by completing requirements listed in the back of the Boy Scout Handbook. When a new scout is working on his Scout rank through First Class rank the young scout will be working on rank advancement mostly with his patrol. Only Adult Leaders can sign off on rank requirements in the back of the book on the right hand column. The Troop Guides, Troop Instructors, Senior Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders and select scouts of 1st class rank and above will work with scouts on requirements and skills. When they feel the scout is ready to be tested on the requirement or skill they will escort the scout to an adult leader to be tested and have the book signed. Each patrol will have at least one Troop Guide and at least one adult adviser assigned to them.

Step 1- The Scout completes all requirements for a rank and the requirements have been signed off and dated in his book by an adult leader. The Scout Spirit section, the Scoutmaster Conference and the Board of Review will be signed off by the Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster or Committee Member.

Step 2- After completing each requirement or several requirements, the Scout then takes his Boy Scout Handbook to the Advancement Chairperson. The Advancement Chair will record the completed/signed off requirements on the troop database (Scoutbook) online. This information will also be saved on the national BSA advancement website. After completing all requirements for a rank, the Advancement Chair will initial the requirements page in the scouts handbook at the top showing he/she recorded the completed requirements.

Step 3- The Scout will then take his book to the Troop Guide who will review and prepare the scout for the Scoutmaster Conference. Once the Troop Guide feels the scout is ready for his conference he will escort the scout to the Scoutmaster to request the conference. The Scoutmaster will schedule the conference with himself or an Assistant Scoutmaster.

Step 4- After completion of the Scoutmaster conference the Scoutmaster will then advise the Advancement Chair to schedule a board of review for the scout. The board of review will be conducted by 2-3 committee members or adult leaders as soon as possible after the conference. This could take a few weeks. After the board of review is completed the scout must inform the Advancement Chair that he has completed his board of review.

Step 5- The scout will be awarded the rank patch at the first troop meeting of the month or the next Court of Honor, whichever is first.

Step 6- The scout will be recognized at the next court of honor for his achievement.

** It is the Scouts responsibility to complete his requirements, scoutmaster conference and board of review at least two weeks prior to a court of honor. If a Scout waits until later than two weeks to request a scoutmaster conference the Scoutmaster may not be able to accommodate the Scout. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST WEEK!!! There are many scouts trying to complete ranks prior to Court of Honor and many steps for the Adult leadership to go through after a board of review before the actual award can be presented.**

Scouts may complete requirements in all ranks from Scout through First Class simultaneously, but they must earn the ranks in order from Scout through Eagle.

Advancement Chair for Troop 224- Mark Wilson-910-200-7776

Merit Badge Process (Click here for print copy)

Merit Badge Coordinator for Troop 224- Kevin Roberts 910-465-9117

Step 1. A scout wishing to work on a merit badge with his patrol, with the troop, with a friend, alone, through the council or at summer camp must inform the Merit Badge Coordinator for Troop 224 before beginning the merit badge.

Step 2. The Merit Badge coordinator will determine if all prerequisites for the merit badge are completed and then assign a Troop 224 approved merit badge counselor to the scout. Or the scout and the Merit Badge Coordinator can work together to choose a counselor from the list of Cape Fear Council BSA and Troop 224 approved merit badge counselors. The scout will then make contact with the counselor to begin work on the merit badge.

** Every merit badge selected to work on must have a Troop 224 Merit Badge Counselor assigned. This applies to ALL merit badges including summer camp and merit badge classes offered through the Cape Fear Council.**

Step 3. When the Scout completes all requirements and the merit badge counselor is satisfied with the completed work, the counselor will record the completed requirements in Scoutbook.

Step 4. The Merit Badge Coordinator with the assistance of the Advancement Committee will purchase the merit badge and prepare the badge for presentation at the next court of honor.

Step 5. The Advancement Chairman and Merit Badge Coordinator will coordinate the presentation of the merit badge with the Senior Patrol Leader or the Scoutmaster at the Court of Honor. The Scout should receive the badge and badge card.

Step6. The Advancement Committee is responsible for ensuring that the achievement has been recorded with the BSA.

** All Eagle required merit badges must have a worksheet completed for the specific merit badge. The only exceptions are First Aid, Swimming and if the merit badge counselor does not require the written worksheet. **

Printable Merit Badge Worksheets (not official BSA)

Official BSA List of Merit Badges, Requirements and Book

Merit Badges and Counselors
Merit Badge Counselor Contact List

Merit Badge Pamphlet Library

The troop has a small collection of merit badge booklets on a variety of subjects listed below. If your scout has completed a merit badge using an official BSA booklet, consider donating the booklet to the troop so that other scouts may use that resource. Scouts may check out any of these booklets to help them with merit badges. Just contact the merit badge coordinator (Kevin Roberts) during troop meetings.

Available Titles:

  • Art

  • Citizenship in the Nation* (x2)

  • Cooking

  • Dog Care

  • Electricity (x2)

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Environmental Science

  • Inventing

  • Journalism

  • Lifesaving

  • Moviemaking

  • Public Speaking

  • Robotics (x2)

  • Salesmanship

  • Small-Boat Sailing

  • Traffic Safety

Merit Badge Counselor Information

Merit badge counselors are parents, BSA Adult leaders, church members, public servants, etc. Troop 224 needs a large pool of counselors to provide the BSA merit badge program to its scouts. Please follow the links below to learn more and volunteer as a merit badge counselor. Please contact Kevin Roberts at to volunteer.

BSA Guide for Merit Badge Counselors

BSA Merit Badge Counselor Application