Advancement Resources

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. 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 improved readiness for more complex experiences.

It Is a Method—Not an End in Itself

Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. It is one of several methods designed to help unit leadership carry out the aims and mission of the Boy Scouts of America.


COVID-19 Update: 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has canceled everything from campouts to boards of review, but that doesn’t mean Scouting has to stop.

We want to keep you informed on how recent developments relate to Advancement. Although there are difficulties and constraints, advancement can and will continue.

Specific Advancement Updates: 

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. 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 improved readiness for more complex experiences.

File Name Description
Fillable Blue Card PDF Download
March 2020 P.R.A.Y. Announcement Download
Merit Badge Counselor Application Application to become Merit Badge Counselor or add new merit badges Download
Merit Badge Counselor Procedure Call 10-14-19 Download
Q&A Regarding COVID-19 Related Advancement Difficulties Download
The Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle ScoutService Project of the Year Award Application Download
The Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle ScoutService Project of the Year Award Procedure Download