Advancement Considerations during COVID-19:

National Q&A regarding Advancement during COVID-19  (published 3/25/2020)

Council Eagle & Venturing Summit Extension Request (published 3/28/2020)

Eagle Scout Packet Turn in Procedures (published 4/1/2020)

Update for Ordering Advancement Materials or Products:

In efforts to protect our community, we are available for orders online. If you require advancement materials or products, please follow the following steps:

  1. Unit Leaders can email in the Advancement report to Please include a contact phone number for our Customer Service team to contact for payment.
  2. A Customer Service team member will contact the Unit Leader for credit card information, shipping and billing information, along with verifying the correct Council and Advancement.
  3. Advancement orders will be shipped to the individual placing the order.

SVMBC Covid-19 Extension Request Process

The authority for councils to grant this extension is effective immediately and continues through Sept. 30, 2020. These extensions are reviewed case by case, and not all Scouts will qualify. To get an extension through a local council, Scouts must meet the following requirements:

  1. It can be established that COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances that delayed work on Eagle Scout/Summit/Quartermaster advancement requirements, such as the service project or merit badges. If any other causes were involved, the extension request must go to the National Council following the process outlined in the Guide to Advancement.
  2. Extensions shall only be granted to youth in Scouts BSA who have already achieved Life rank.
  3. When the council receives a COVID-19-related request for a time extension, the council reviews the request and approves it if appropriate. A written response stating the outcome of the extension request must go to the youth. If approved, the notification must be attached to the youth’s Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster rank application.
  4. For Eagle, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 18th birthday; for Summit/Quartermaster, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 21st.
  5. Upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully complete Youth Protection training. Their participant code will now be UP for SBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea Scouting.


Advancement Basics:

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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