From the BSA web site:
Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
Troop 2 provides boys the ability to advance through a program rich with opportunities. From campouts and special trips to trained adult leaders and merit badge counselors, the boys never have to look far for advancement. Here is a link to the BSA Awards and Advancement page.
There are many merit badges that a scout can earn, here is a copy of the official BSA guide on how to earn a merit badge. A good place to research a merit badge and download a copy of the worksheets and requirements is at www.meritbadge.org.
Per BSA Policy, the list of Merit Badge counselors is not longer available online. You must see your scoutmaster first to start working on a new merit badge.
For rank requirements Troop 2 defines participation as a scout who participates in just 50% of troop campouts and 50% of troop meetings activities in a twelve month period. This allows scouts who take part in activities outside of scouting (work, sports, theatre, band, etc.) to also advance. Scouts can check their campout attendance record on the bulletin board in the basement where a list is posted monthly. As a special consideration, scouts who attend summer camp or a week long high adventure trip can count that as 2 campouts for the purpose of meeting their 50% participation requirement.
Positions of leadership have their own set of requirements, usually specifying a higher level of commitment. To apply for a leadership postition please complete a Leadership Position application. For a list of open leadership positions see the Scout bulletin board located in the basement of St John's or ask the Advancement leader. The Scout shall complete a monthly log and submit it to the Advancement leader to document their activities towards advancement.
Board of Review
Court of Honor
A Court of Honor is an event to honor the achievements of the scouts over the past 4 months. Achievements include rank advancement, merit badges and other service awards. Have the whole family join us for the event the last Monday of January, May and September, 7:00pm. Scouts shall attend in full uniform which includes a merit badge sash. Referments will typically be served and don't forget the camera. Check the Calendar for any changes to the dates and for the location.