Current Boy Scout Rank Structure. So, what were the original ranks and in what order did they first appear?. The original order of ranks.
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The earliest Scouts could earn only 3 ranks: Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class, which covered basic Scouting skills. The BSA soon added 3 higher ranks to recognize First Class Scouts who earned merit badges: Life (5 merit badges), Star (10 merit badges), and Eagle (21 merit badges). In 1924, Star was placed before Life (because the 5 points of a star could represent 5 merit badges).