Advancement in the Boy Scouts of America is a tradition dating from the beginning of the Scouting movement.  The main purpose of advancement is the self-confidence a young man or woman acquires from their participation in Scouting.

Cub Scout Advancement information can be found in the Wolf, Bear, Webelos handbooks, or the Cub Scout Leader Book.

Scouts BSA Advancement information can be found in the Scouts BSA Handbook or the Troop Leader Guidebook.  Rank and merit badge requirements are listed in the latest edition of the Scouts BSA Requirements book.

Venturing Advancement information can be found in the Venturing Handbook.  Silver Award candidates contact their district advancement chair for a review similar to the Eagle Scout board.

SuperNova:  Approval is given by the STEM committee for mentors, counselors, and SuperNova candidates.  Contact for assistance.

Hornaday Awards:  Contact the council conservation committee for assistance:

Internet Advancement allows you to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges and perform the following actions:

  • Select members from your existing roster
  • Review, update or add ranks, merit badges, and/or awards
  • Access an online Review Unit Roster feature and the Unit Advancement Summary
  • Print and Advancement Report with a Unit Awards Summary to assist in purchasing

For Internet Advancement, click here. You will need your unit code and can contact the council office for a copy at

You can find more information about Advancement in the Guide to Advancement, BSA Publication 33088.  Links to that and other Advancement forms can be found on the “BSA Advancement Resources” page.

Guide to Advancement on the National Resource Page  – Click Here


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