To help the newer Scout acclimate from an adult-run WEBELOS program into the "organized chaos" of a Boy Scout troop, we maintain a higher rate of adult and Troop Guide interaction with first year scouts to guide them through the first 3 ranks to learn "safe" Scouting and acclimate to the boy-led model of Boy Scouting.
We follow a "First Class in the First Year" agenda (see attached document). If a scout is motivated, he can reach the 1st Class rank in the first year, though many will need 18 months or more. Inconsistent attendance at weekly troop meetings, camping trips, and not practicing skills (first aid, knots, etc) at home are some things that may hinder his progress through the ranks. Getting his requirements "signed off" is much different in Boy Scouting as it was as a Cub or WEBELOS. As a Boy Scout, he is expected to SHOW PROFICIENCY in these skills before getting "signed off". If he cannot demonstrate the skills consistently, he will need to practice before demonstrating successful skill execution.