Awards and Advancements

Advancement Resources

What is advancement?
What resources are available?
Whom can I speak with for more information?

What is Advancement?
Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank in the Scouting program. Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. Everything done to advance and earn these ranks, from joining until leaving the program, should be designed to help the young person have an exciting and meaningful experience.

Education and fun are functions of the Scouting movement, providing the basis of the advancement program. Advancement in the Boy Scouts of America emphasizes the growth a young person experiences as a result of participation in unit programs.

What resources are available?
Most Cub Scout advancement questions are answered in the Wolf, Bear,and Webelos handbooks or the Cub Scout Leader Book. The new Guide to Advancement (#33088) may also be helpful.

Most Boy Scout advancement questions are answered in the Boy Scout Handbook or the Scoutmaster Handbook. Rank and merit badge requirements are listed in the latest edition of the Boy Scout Requirementsbook. The new Guide to Advancement (#33088) may also be helpful.

Most Venturing advancement questions are answered in the Venturer Handbook.

There are many Scouting resources related to youth with disabilities. Scouting for Youth with Physical Disabilities, Scouting for Youth with Learning Disabilities, Scouting for the Blind and Visually Impaired, A Guide to Working with Boy Scouts with Disabilities to name a few.

Resources may be purchased at the Tacoma & Tumwater Scout Shops. Many are also available on the National Advancement Resources webpage.

Whom can I speak with for more information?
In your unit, den leaders, Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, and Venturing crew advisors are likely to have information on advancement. Unit, or district advancement chairs, unit commissioners, or district Eagle Scout coordinators are also able and happy to assist you with any questions. Their contact information should be available on your district web page.