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Five Trails District Advancement Committee

The Five Trails District Advancement Committee consists of: 

Dave Adams, Chair     214-392-3472
Bobby Finken
Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator
John Hayes   972-964-7007
Joel Henry   214-505-1695
Daniel Murphy
Gary Scott
Eric Shipp
Vice Chair - Boy Scout Advancement
Dwin Towell
Kathy Whitgrove
Vice Chair - Cub Scout Advancement
Rufus Woody III
Vice-chair - Eagle Issues












Effective February 22, 2016


Advancement - Basic Information

The term "advancement" means "rank advancement" in BSA.  This can mean several things, depending on where a Scout is in his Scouting career:  

    • Brand new Scouts
      • Brand new Scouts are learning about Scouting; they must learn very basic life skills and information about their new Boy Scout unit; their first rank is Scout
    • The trail to First Class
      • As a new Scout advances in rank, he will gain newer, more important life skills and Scouting skills that allow him to enjoy the outdoor activities his unit will participate in.  His rank goes from Tenderfoot to Second Class to First Class, with the skill level and number of experiences growing as his rank level rises. Scouts in these earlier ranks also begin learning about giving service to others, including teaching Scouting skills to younger Scouts.  
    • The trail from Star to Life 
      • As a First Class Scout begins earning Merit Badges, some of which must be Eagle-required MBs, and learns to perform more service to others.  To earn the Star rank, some unit leadership is also required.  To earn Life rank, more MBs (including more Eagle-required MBs) are required; more leadership is required, and more service to others is performed.  Each level of rank advancement is more challenging than the previous rank, as you would expect.  
    • The trail from Life to Eagle
      • When a Life Scout aspires to become an Eagle Scout, more MBs are required, more and longer leadership is required, and an Eagle Scout Service Project is required.  This Eagle Scout Project has some guidelines;  
        • The Project benefit the Eagle Candidate's "community". 
        • The Eagle Candidate must demonstrate leadership in getting the Project accomplished, which is different than actually doing the Project himself.  
        • Funds to accomplish the Project must be raised by the Eagle Candidate in an appropriate manner and from approved sources. The Eagle Candidate will need to account for all funds raised, document all funds spent, and return any unused funds to an appropriate community resource/organization
        • Safety during Project execution is of primary concern.  
        • Planning the Project and accounting for the time of all Project workers, including the Eagle Candidate is essential.  

For each rank a Scout advances beyond the initial rank of Scout, he must demonstrate to his unit leader that he has lived by the ideals of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout Motto, and Scout Slogan in his daily life.  He must undergo a Scoutmaster Conference.  He must also meet a Board of Review whose members are composed of the unit's Committee members; the purpose of this review is to discuss with the Scout his experiences during his recent rank advancement and to solicit input for improvement of the unit.  

For more detailed information on advancement to specific ranks, refer to the Boy Scout Handbook.  

For more detailed information about Merit Badges, see this web page ==> here.  Note that this page also contains sites which reference rank advancement resources for Scout thru First Class in addition to MB information.  

For more detailed information on becoming an Eagle Scout, see this web page ==> here.  


This is the link to the official BSA site for Boards of Review (BoRs) in general:




For Eagle Scout BoRs, the Eagle candidate in Five Trails District who has completed his Eagle Scout Scoutmaster conference should send an email (with NO attachments, but CCing his Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, and Eagle coach) to stating: 

  • That he has completed his Eagle Scout SM conference 
  • What Troop he is in
  • Who is Eagle coach is (IF he had one)
  • That he would like ot schedule his Eagle Scout BoR

Someone will answer promptly with further instructions for the Eagle candidate, so he should check that email account until he receives a response. Note that UNTIL he has that response, he should not take further steps with his references other than getting their permission/commitment and contact information for his Eagle Rank Application. 


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