This was an outstanding Court of Honor for Zachary and Nathan. Both boys moved up rank from Star to Life and received Merit Badges in Communications, Canoeing, Wilderness Survival, Archery, Railroading, Metalwork and the very tough to attain, Lifesaving Merit Badge.
Life is second-highest rank attainable and ranks above Star Scout and below Eagle. Life is awarded when the Scout serves actively in the troop, team or crew, serves in a position of responsibility for six months, and performs six hours of community service. Another thing a Scout must do in order to achieve Life is earn an additional five merit badges (three of which are required for the rank of Eagle), to make a minimum total of eleven merit badges (including the six previously required for Star). Finally, the Scout must pass a Scoutmaster conference, and board of review.
The Life Rank is one of the rarest ranks. This is the last rank before Eagle. At this point, a Life Rank can complete Eagle Rank in as few as 6 months. The Life Rank also requires the Scout to be active in his troop for at least six months, serve his troop in a position of leadership for at least six months, and take part in at least one service project.
So you can see why we are so proud of all the hard work, dedication and results they have done.