Online Scout Rank Resources – Life Rank

Following onset of Social-Distancing post Covid-19, many Scouts and Troops have raised many questions regarding rank advancement.  To clarify confusion and to allow Scouts to continue advancing during Social-Distancing, the BSA has outlined special guidelines to Advancement during Covid-19.  

Whether you or your unit is Social-Distancing or not, there are many online resources available to help Scouts work on rank advancement.


1. Be active in your troop for at least six months as a Star Scout.


2. As a Star Scout, demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath 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 five more merit badges (so that you have 11 in all), including any 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)

_______________________________________________________  (Eagle-required)

_______________________________________________________  (Eagle-required)




4. While a Star Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. At least three hours of this service must be conservation-related.


5. While a Star Scout, serve actively in your troop for six months in one or more of the following troop positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster-approved leadership project to help the troop).

Scout troop. 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 outdoor ethics guide.9

Venturing crew. President, vice president, secretary, treasurer, den chief, historian, guide, quartermaster, chaplain aide, or outdoor ethics guide.

Sea Scout ship. Boatswain, boatswain’s mate, purser, yeoman, storekeeper, crew leader, media specialist, specialist, den chief, or chaplain aide.

Lone Scout. Leadership responsibility in your school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in your community.


6. While a Star Scout, use the Teaching EDGE method to teach another Scout (preferably younger than you) the skills from ONE of the following choices, so that the Scout is prepared to pass those requirements to their Scoutmaster’s satisfaction.

  1. Tenderfoot 4a and 4b (first aid)
  2. Second Class 2b, 2c, and 2d (cooking/tools)
  3. Second Class 3a and 3d (navigation)
  4. First Class 3a, 3b, 3c, and 3d (tools)
  5. First Class 4a and 4b (navigation)
  6. Second Class 6a and 6b (first aid)
  7. First Class 7a and 7b (first aid)

h. Three requirements from one of the required Eagle merit badges, as approved by your Scoutmaster


7. While a Star Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.


8. Successfully complete your board of review for the Life rank.10


9Assistant patrol leader is not an approved position of responsibility for the Star, Life, or Eagle rank.


10If the board of review does not approve the Scout’s advancement, the decision may be appealed in accordance with Guide to Advancement topic


Notes: For Venturers working on Scouts BSA requirements, replace “troop” with “crew” and “Scoutmaster” with “crew Advisor.” For Sea Scouts working on Scouts BSA requirements, replace “troop” with “ship” and “Scoutmaster” with “Skipper.”