Advancement, Training & Service Hours

Important information regarding advancements and social distancing

CUB SCOUTS: We are encouraging all Cub Scouts to complete the 30 DAY CHALLENGE or any of the other activities on the Cub Scouting at Home page!
SCOUTS BSA: All Scouts BSA youth are encouraged to complete requirements remotely and working with their unit leadership and counselors (following youth protection guidelines regarding email/teleconference/and video conferencing). There are a number of merit badge requirements that can be done remotely working from home.
EAGLE RANK UPDATE: The Council has been given the authority from the national office to grant extensions on Eagle Scout Requirements up to 90 days. Scouts need to download a form located on the ScoutsBSAatHome page.
FAQ’s: For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding rank advancement, please click here.
Advancement

Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

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 Links

 


Scoutbook

Scoutbook is a Scout’s advancement book in the cloud via a web and mobile platform.  This FREE service lets Scouts discover the latest Boy Scouts of America (BSA) news, thousands of Scouting videos, all the Cub Scout and Boy Scout references and much more right at your finger tips.

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Cub Scout Advancement

The Cub Scout advancement program is designed to encourage the natural interests of your youth. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting (Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light) has its own requirements. As a boy or girl advances through the ranks, requirements get progressively more challenging, matching the increased skills and abilities of your youth as they grow older.

Cub Scout Learning Library – Access Cub Scouting tools, including detailed information on the Cub Scout advancement program and requirements.


Scouts BSA Advancement

Boy Scouts provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

Scouts BSA Advancement and Awards – Access Boy Scout specific resources, requirements and forms.

So you want to be an Eagle Scout

Eagle Scout Guidelines – Learn about the steps required to earn the Eagle Scout rank and find resources for service projects and recognitions.


Scouts BSA Merit Badge Program

There is more to merit badges than simply providing opportunities to learn skills. There is more to them than an introduction to lifetime hobbies, or the inspiration to pursue a career—though these invaluable results occur regularly. It all begins with a Scout’s initial interest and effort in a merit badge subject, followed by a discussion with the unit leader or designated assistant, continues through meetings with a counselor, and culminates in advancement and recognition. It is an uncomplicated process that gives a Scout the confidence achieved through overcoming obstacles. Social skills improve. Self-reliance develops. Examples are set and followed. And fields of study and interest are explored beyond the limits of the school classroom.

Merit Badge Requirements – View the official listing of merit badge requirements.


Venturing Advancement

The Venturing award series is designed to help Venturers grow in adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service. The Venturing awards program has four levels:

  • Venturing Award: All Venturers are encouraged to earn this award shortly after joining a crew.
  • Discovery Award: This award focuses on participation in a crew activities and events.
  • Pathfinder Award: Leadership must be demonstrated to earn this award.
  • Summit Award: While mentoring is a key part of the entire Venturing program, the Summit award is earned by Venturers that utilize their skills and leadership abilities to help others advance and grow.

Venturing Achievement Awards, including Ranger, Quest, and TRUST, can also be earned by interested participants.

Summit Flow Chart

Venturing Awards – Learn more about awards available within the Venturing program.

Training

Research shows the importance of trained leaders.  A trained leader is knowledgeable and more confident in the role being performed. Trained leaders exhibit a knowledge and confidence that is picked up by people around them. Trained leaders impact the quality of programs, leader tenure, youth tenure, safety, and a whole lot more. A trained leader is better prepared to make the Scouting program all it can be!

Wood Badge and National Youth Leadership Training Course Directors Conference

November 6-7, 2021
Harry S. Frazier, Jr. Scout Reservation (CCC)

Click Here for Online Registration

Wood Badge Training

Wood Badge is the most advanced adult leader training available. A Scouter participating in Wood Badge has the opportunity to understand Scouting as a family of interrelated, values-based programs providing age-appropriate activities for youth. It recognizes contemporary leadership concepts and will help the participant discover how they are relevant to the Scouting movement and apply the skills learned as a member of a successful working team.

Click here for information on Wood Badge


Philmont Training Center

The Philmont Training Center (PTC) is the only national volunteer training center for the Boy Scouts of America. View the Most Recent Training Updates.

 

Service Hours

A service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout spirit into action. Some Good Turns are big—saving a life, helping out after floods or other disasters, recycling community trash, working on conservation projects. But Good Turns are often small, thoughtful acts—helping a child cross a busy street, going to the store for an elderly neighbor, cutting back brush that is blocking a sign, doing something special for a brother or sister, or welcoming a new student to your school. Anyone can get involved in a Good Turn. If you would like to participate in a service project to benefit your community, contact your local Scouting office.

To report information about a service project in which your unit/group participated, please create a login and password for your unit. Start at the Journey to Excellence page, on the bottom right, use the two links to the reporting pages and instructions for first time users.