The Life Scout designation is one of the highest ranks a troop member can achieve with the Boy Scouts of America. The requirements are challenging and all-encompassing in nature. As a Star Scout, the stage prior to Life Scout, individuals must spend at least six months engaging in unit activities in a position of troop responsibility and, if applicable, attending to their patrol duties. While living in accordance with the Scout Oath and all points of Scout Law, a scout must acquire five new merit badges for a total of 11 badges. Three of these badges must come from the required badges list for Eagle Scouts.