Advancement is one of the key components in a Scout’s path forward to become an Eagle Scout, as well as life in general. The most current information about advancement in each program is available at the BSA National website (links below). If you are a unit leader looking to provide advancement reports, please follow this link for more information on the Internet Advancement process.
Cub Scout Advancement Modifications
The National Council of the BSA, in response to feedback from changes in the Cub Scout Advancement program after a year of implementation have made a series of changes to the Cub Scout advancement program. In summary, more flexibility has been built into the program, allowing adult leaders and parents/guardians the ability to more readily complete requirements during the program year. For a complete listing of these revisions, please view these Cub Scout Advancement Modifications.
Boy Scout Advancement
As a reminder, rank requirement revisions went into affect as of Jan. 1, 2016 involving the advancement of Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts. as of January 1, 2017, all Scouts MUST be using the new requirements. Scouts will not be eligible for advancement if they complete a rank with the old requirement.
Merit Badge Counselors
In an effort to provide the best possible advancement experience for our Scouts, the GTBAC established a rule in accordance with the Guide to Advancement. It is the policy of this council that no counselor may be certified for more than 20 merit badges. By limiting the number of badges that any one counselor is certified for, there is a better chance that the counselor is an expert in the subject matter.
All counselors must renew every year as per BSA policy.
How to Become a Merit Badge Counselor
All Merit Badge Counselors must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. Even if you are already registered in another position, you must still complete a BSA Adult Application form with the Position Code “42”( no charge). Note: Effective April 1, 2003, the Social Security Number on all adults is required by the National Boy Scouts of America. Send this form, along with the BSA Adult Application form to the Greater Tampa Bay Area Council, 13228 N. Central Ave.
Tampa FL 33612.
- Fill out and submit a BSA Adult Application form with Position Code “42”.
- Submit a Merit Badge Counselor Application.
- Submit copy of current Youth Protection Training certificate.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be proficient in the merit badge subject by vocation, avocation or special training.
- Be able to work with Scout-age youth.
- Be registered as a Merit Badge Counselor with the Boy Scouts of America. (Submit Adult BSA Application with your Merit Badge Counselor Application.)
- Attend Merit Badge Counselor Orientation.
The Boy Scout Handbook instructs the Scout to meet with you, before he starts to establish a mutual understanding of the requirements and his commitment to complete those requirements.
General Advancement Information
- Age Requirement Eligibility
- BSA’s Guide To Advancement 2017
- Advancement for Scouts With Special Needs
- Other Advancement Resources
Cub Scout Advancement Information
Boy Scout Advancement Information
- Boy Scout Joining Requirements
- Mechanics of Advancement: In Boy Scouting And Varsity Scouting
- The Eagle Scout Rank
- Alternative Rank Requirements
- The Merit Badge Program
- Introduction to Merit Badges
Venturing Advancement Information
- Mechanics of Advancement: In Venturing
- Venturing Advancement
Sea Scout Advancement Information
Because they are part of the advancement of Boy Scouts along the Eagle Trail, you will also find information about three popular Boy Scout activities: AquAcademy, Frontier Days Weekend, and Merit Badge Academy. To assist Scouts in planning their assault on the Eagle Summit, the Council hosts a Life to Eagle Workshop twice a year. This half-day workshop provides valuable information about planning and executing the required Eagle Project and gives parents insights into how to plan an Eagle Court of Honor.