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 Revisions
As a reminder, revisions went into affect as of Jan. 1, 2016 involving the advancement of Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts. During the transition in 2016, the following options may be used:
- Boys joining on or after Jan. 1, 2016 MUST use the new requirements.
- Boys who have joined prior to Jan. 1, 2016:
- Who are working on the Scout badge MAY continue to work on the existing requirements, but MUST convert to the new requirements upon completion of the Scout rank (it will be a true rank at that point).
- Who are working on Tenderfoot through First Class MAY continue to work on the existing requirements, but MUST convert to the new requirements upon attaining First Class.
- Who have completed First Class MAY complete the rank they are currently working on in the existing requirements, but then MUST convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.
- As of Jan. 1 2017, all Scouts MUST use the new requirements regardless of rank.
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
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.