We emphasize Scouting skills, and personal growth. By participating in the troop activities, a scout has fun adventures, faces achievable challenges, and gains confidence.
Troop 501's Scouts plan their own advancement and progress at their own pace. The steps in advancement help a Scout achieve self-reliance and the ability to help others.
The first rank of Boy Scouting can be earned as soon as youths join a troop by applying and memorizing some scouting basics.
Becoming a Tenderfoot provides basic skills to begin preparing the Scout for higher adventure outings.
Building their outdoor survival and camping skills, new skills are mastered. One should be able to lead a hike, care for equipment, set up a campsite, and perform basic first aid.
Having learned all the outdoor skills, A First Class Scout can fend for themselves in the wild, plan and prepare meals, and provide first aid for most situations.
The Star rank is attained with leadership, participation, service, and advancement through merit badges. The Scout now moves from being a learner to being a leader.
Life Scout rank is earned through leadership, service hours, and merit badges. They bacome a role model and leader in the troop, guiding and encouraging others.
Attaining the Eagle rank is often the end goal of a Scout. After reaching Eagle, one can continue to earn merit badges and be rewarded with Palms for each 5 additional merit badges.