Star rank

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Boy Scout Star Rank requirement resources include the Star rank Worksheet,
lesson video links, and cross-references for related Boy Scout Merit Badges, and Scout Awards.
Important topics include Active, Scout Spirit, Scoutmaster Conference, and Board of Review.


Star Rank

 
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Star rank requirements

2015 requirements

  1. Be active in your unit (and patrol if you are in one) for at least four months as a First Class Scout.
  2. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Earn six merit badges, including any four from the required list for Eagle.
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)**
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)**
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)**
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)**
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  4. While a First Class Scout, take part in service projects totaling at least six hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster.
  5. While a First Class Scout, serve actively in your unit for four months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility*** (or carry out a unit leader-assigned leadership project to help your unit):
Boy Scout troop
Patrol Leader,
Assistant Senior Patrol Leader,
Senior Patrol Leader,
Venture Patrol Leader,
Troop Guide,
Order of the Arrow Troop Representative,
Den Chief,
Scribe,
Librarian,
Historian,
Quartermaster,
Bugler,
Junior Assistant Scoutmaster,
Chaplain Aide,
Instructor,
Troop Webmaster, or
Leave No Trace Trainer.
Varsity Scout team
Captain,
Cocaptain,
Program Manager,
Squad Leader,
Team Secretary,
Order of the Arrow Team Representative,
Librarian,
Historian,
Quartermaster,
Chaplain Aide,
Instructor,
Den Chief,
Team Webmaster, or
Leave No Trace Trainer.

Lone Scout
Leadership responsibility in his school,
religious organization, club,
or elsewhere in his community.
Venturing crew/ship
President,
Vice President,
Secretary,
Treasurer,
Quartermaster,
Historian,
Den Chief,
Guide,
Webmaster,
Leave No Trace Trainer,
Boatswain,
Boatswain's Mate,
Yeoman,
Purser, or
Storekeeper.
  1. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  2. Successfully complete your board of review.****

* For Varsity Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "team" and "Scoutmaster" with "Varsity Scout Coach." For Venturers working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "crew" and "Scoutmaster" with "Crew Advisor." For Sea Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "ship" and "Scoutmaster" with "Skipper."
** A Scout may choose any of the 17 required merit badges in the 13 categories to fulfill requirement 3. See requirement 3 in the Eagle Scout rank requirements for a list of badges required for Eagle.
*** Assistant patrol leader is not an approved position of responsibility for the Star rank.
**** If the board of review does not approve the Scout’s advancement, the decision may be appealed in accordance with Guide to Advancement topic 8.0.4.0.

2016 requirements

  1. Be active in your troop[1] for at least four months as a First Class Scout.
  2. As a First Class 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 six merit badges, including any four 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.
    Name of merit badgeDate Earned
    (Eagle required)                                                     
    (Eagle required)
    (Eagle required)
    (Eagle required)
     
     
  4. While a First Class Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster[1].
  5. While a First Class Scout, serve actively in your troop[1] for four months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster[1] approved leadership project to help the troop):
    • Boy 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.
    • Varsity Scout team. Captain, cocaptain, program manager, squad leader, team secretary, Order of the Arrow team representative, librarian, historian, quartermaster, chaplain aide, instructor, den chief, webmaster, or outdoor ethics guide.[2]
    • Venturing crew/Sea Scout ship. President, vice president, secretary, treasurer, den chief, quartermaster, historian, guide, boatswain, boatswain’s mate, yeoman, purser, storekeeper, or webmaster.
    • Lone Scout. Leadership responsibility in your school, religious organization, club, or elsewhere in your community.
  6. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade.[3]
  7. While a First Class Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster[1] conference.
  8. Successfully complete your board of review for the Star rank.[4]

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4
    • For Varsity Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace “troop” with “team” and “Scoutmaster” with “Varsity Scout Coach.”
    • For Venturers working on Boy Scout requirements, replace “troop” with “crew” and “Scoutmaster” with “Crew Advisor.”
    • For Sea Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace “troop” with “ship” and “Scoutmaster” with “Skipper.”
  2. Assistant patrol leader is not an approved position of responsibility for the Star rank
  3. If your family does not have Internet access at home AND you do not have ready Internet access at school or another public place or via a mobile device, the Cyber Chip portion of this requirement may be waived by your Scoutmaster or Varsity Scout Coach in consultation with your parent or guardian.
  4. If the board of review does not approve the Scout’s advancement, the decision may be appealed in accordance with Guide to Advancement topic 8.0.4.0.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2016 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #621535)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Star rank is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Star rank requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.

Requirement resources

1: What does Active really mean? (it's not what you think!)
2: What does Scout Spirit really mean? (It's not what you do in your troop!)
3: Merit Badge Worksheets and Resources
4: Service Projects
5: What does active in a Position of Responsibility mean? - Note: Assistant Patrol Leader is not a Positions of Responsibility.
6: Scoutmaster Conference - Explains that you don't "pass" a Scoutmaster Conference and how to appeal.
7: Board of Review - What can they ask? How long can it be? Is the uniform really required? How do you appeal?


See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal


External links

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