Below are many resources and articles available for scouts and scouters to use to achieve their advancement goals.
District Specific Information
Refer to the respective district for more specific information on advancement.
Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank and is the method by which we promote and encourage the ongoing involvement and commitment that keeps members coming back for more. It works best when it is built into a unit’s program so that simply participating leads to meaningful achievement and recognition—and to a continually improving readiness for more complex experiences.
Advancement Is Based on Experiential Learning
Everything done to advance—to earn ranks and other awards and recognition—is designed to educate or to otherwise expand horizons. Members learn and develop according to a standard. This is the case from the time a member joins and then moves through the programs of Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, and Venturing or Sea Scouts.
Experiential learning is the key: Exciting and meaningful activities are offered, and education happens. Learning comes from doing. For example, youth may read about first aid, hear it discussed, and watch others administer it, but they will not learn it until they practice it. Rushing a Scout through requirements to obtain a badge is not the goal. Advancement should be a natural outcome of a well-rounded unit program, rich in opportunities to work toward the ranks.
- Guide to Advancement, No. 33088
- Advancement Educational Presentations
- Advancement News
- Abilities Digest
- Advancement Report, No. 34403
- Building Effective Advancement Committees, No. 510-756
- Eagle Scout Challenge, No. 542-900
- Friendstorming on Tour, No. 510-003
- Lone Scout Friend and Counselor Guidebook, No. 511-420
- On Increasing Advancement, No. 512-047
- Recommendations for Regional and Area Volunteers Supporting the Advancement Program, No. 512-048
- Troop Resource Survey, No. 512-116
- Guide to Awards and Insignia, No. 33066
- Venturing Board of Review Guide, No. 512-940
- 2019 Scouts BSA Rank Requirements
- Application for Alternative Eagle Scout Rank Merit Badges, No. 512-730
- Belated Eagle Scout Rank Application, No. 512-076
- Eagle Scout Rank Application 2020, No. 512-728
- Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927
- Eagle Scout Service Project Coach Application, No. 512-069
- Individual Scout Advancement Plan, No. 512-936
- Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project; Information for Project Beneficiaries
- Request for Extension of Time to Earn Eagle Scout Rank, No. 512-077
- Request for Registration Beyond the Age of Eligibility, No. 512-935
- Venturing Summit Award Service Project Workbook, No. 512-938
- Venturing Summit Award Application, No. 512-941
- The Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling – Advancement Educational Presentation
- A Guide for Merit Badge Counseling
- Merit Badge Counselor Information
- Merit Badge Group Instruction Guide
- Merit Badge List
- Reporting Merit Badge Counseling Concerns
Special Wards are awards given by the Boy Scouts of America, National Council. These designations are optional and exciting opportunities for Scouts to expand their skills.
- National Outdoor Awards
- National Parks Service Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger
- Nova and Supernova Awards
- Outdoor Ethics Action Award
- Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award
- Paul Bunyan Award
- Religious Emblems
- Scuba BSA
- Snorkeling BSA
- Stand Up Paddleboarding
- Totin’ Chip
- White Water Rafting BSA
- William T. Hornaday Awards
- World Conservation Award
Other Useful Links
Refer to these links for more details about advancement information and awards.