Ranks in the Scouting program phases signify experience and knowledge. Some have tenure requirements, while others have no set time frame.
Ranks are stations of progression along an advancement trail in Scouting. Along with ranks, recognition for an achievement along an advancement trail may also be a be an advancement award or badge. For example, the Sea Scouting advancement trail comprised entirely of ranks; Venturing is exclusively advancement awards.
- See also: Advancement for the entire advancement trail within all Scouting programs.
- See also: Awards for all advancement and special opportunities awards.
Cub Scout ranks
The Arrow of Light Award is an advancement award.
Boy Scout ranks
Varsity Scout advancement
The Boy Scout requirements for advancement is the basis for Varsity Scout advancement. There are no ranks for Varsity Scouts outside the Eagle trail; they are however eligible to earn advancement awards available only to Varsity Scouts.
- See also: Varsity Scouting advancement
There are no ranks in Venturing for youth members. Venturers registered in a Sea Scout ship may earn Sea Scouting ranks.
Boy Scouting rank advancement for Venturers
A male Venturer who has achieved First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop or as a Varsity Scout in a team may continue working toward the Eagle Scout Award while a Venturer until his 18th birthday. There is no Venturing advancement route to qualify for the Eagle Award.
- Sea Scouts are part of the Venturing program so this rule also applies to Sea Scouts.
- See also: Venturing advancement
3. With the exception of Sea Scouts, BSA, there are no ranks in the Venturing program.
Sea Scout ranks
- 1. Apprentice
- 2. Ordinary
- 3. Able
- 4. Quartermaster Award - Sea Scouting's highest award; it is both a rank and an advancement award.
Boy Scouting rank advancement for Sea Scouts
A male Sea Scout who has achieved First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop or as a Varsity Scout in a team may continue working toward the Eagle Scout Award while a Sea Scout until his 18th birthday. There is no Sea Scouting advancement route to qualify for the Eagle Award.