Star Rank


A Venturer or Sea Scout must have achieved First Class rank as a Scouts BSA member, or as a Lone Scout, in order to work on and earn Star, Life, and Eagle Rank requirements. 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."

Star Rank Requirements


Be active in your troop for at least four months as a First Class Scout.


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.


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. See Eagle rank requirement 3 for this list. (shown below)

Eagle-Required Merit Badges

First Aid

Citizenship in the Community

Citizenship in the Nation

Citizenship in the World



Personal Fitness

Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving

Environmental Science OR Sustainability

Personal Management

Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling


Family Life

You must choose only one of the merit badges listed in the following categories; 1) Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving, 2) Environmental Science OR Sustainability, 3) Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling. Any additional merit badge(s) earned in these categories may be counted as one of your optional merit badges.


While a First Class Scout, participate in six hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster.


While a First Class Scout, serve actively in your troop for four months in one or more of the following 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. Assistant patrol leader is not an approved position of responsibility for the Star rank.

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.


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.

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 in consultation with your parent or guardian.


While a First Class Scout, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.


Successfully complete your board of review 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