Sky Islands – Advancement

Advancement Info & Training

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.

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General Resources

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Scoutbook is the BSA’s online unit management tool and helps Scouts, parents and leaders track advancement and milestone achievements along the Scouting trail.

As of January 1, 2019, Scoutbook subscriptions are free to all scouting units. Units that already use Scoutbook won’t be charged when they renew their subscription on or after Sept. 1, 2018. See the FAQs PDF icon about this change.

Scoutbook user guides are available at:

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To schedule an Eagle Board of Review, contact the Council Registrar ~ Audrone Tarleton, 520-750-0385 ext 11, E-Mail

For any questions about Eagle Projects, boards of review, etc., please contact the Sky Islands District Advancement Chair: Greg Reiter at , E-Mail


Since 1912, the Eagle Scout rank has represented a milestone of accomplishment—perhaps without equal—that is recognized across the country and even the world. Those who have earned the Eagle Scout rank count it among their most treasured achievements. “Eagle Scout” is not just an award; it is a state of being. Those who earned it as youth continue to earn it every day as adults. That is why an Eagle Scout IS an Eagle Scout—not wasLearn More

Eagle Rank Information

Eagle Scout Rank Application

Project Workbook

Contacts for Possible Eagle Projects ~ Eagle_Project_Contacts

Check out these successful Eagle Projects for ideas for your project ~Eagle Project_ideas

Life to Eagle ~ Eagle_Process_ Training

Addresses for Eagle Scouts to write to for Congratulatory Letters.

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Rank Advancement

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Merit Badges

You can check the status of your Merit Badge Counselor Application by contacting the Council Registrar: Audrone Tarleton, 520-750-0385 ext 11,

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Advancement Resources

Advancement Training