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