Advancement Resources

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.

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.

Cub Scout Advancement

On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses from rank to rank, learning new skills as he goes. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting has its own requirements. As you advance through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities you learn as you get older. Click here for more information about advancing for Cub Scouts.

Cub Scout Advancement Starting At Home

The Cub Scout advancement plan provides fun for the Scouts, gives them a sense of personal achievement as they earn badges, and strengthens family understanding as adult family members and their den leader work with them on advancement projects.  To help adult family members and den leaders deliver the “Adventures” found in each Cub Scout Handbook, there are a variety of resources including Den Leader Guides with activity plans for each Adventure.  To make these Adventure plans more accessible to leaders and parents and other adult family members, all of the Adventure plans and resources are available at this site maintained by the Council Cub Scout Resource for the Advancement Committee.  There are pages for each of BobcatLionTigerWolfBearWebelos and Arrow of Light, and separate “Adventure by Adventure” pages of ideas about how to lead each Adventure. 

Merit Badge Requirements

You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 130 merit badges. Any Scout may earn a merit badge at any time. You don't need to have had rank advancement to be eligible. Click here for an introduction to Merit Badges by the BSA.

Becoming an Eagle Scout

Visit this area of the site for the Eagle Scout Project Workbook, Rank Application, Reference Letter Guidelines, and more. Click here for Eagle Scout Advancement resources.

Venturing Requirements

The Venturing awards and recognition programs are designed to help Venturers grow in the areas of adventure, leadership, personal development, and service. Awards serve as benchmarks that give Venturers a structure for developing their own personal vision into manageable goals that lead to recognition by their peers, mentors, and the larger community. Click here to read more about the Venturing program and requirements.

Internet Advancement

The Atlanta Area Council is excited to announce that units can now use Internet Advancement to record their youth member advancements from any online location.  You will find this method to be easy, convenient, and accurate because you enter the information.

Click here for the internet advancement site. 

Here's how it works:

  • Choose an adult from your unit, who will be responsible for entering all advancement data for your unit.  (Usually the Unit Advancement Chairman)
  • Click here to go to the Internet Advancement site. (You must use Internet Explorer)
  • Enter your unit number and ID (can be acquired from your District Advancement Chairman or from the Council Service Center)
  • Load Roster
  • Update Member records
  • Submit

Other Benefits

  • You may print a unit roster at any time.
  • Print an advancement report, secure the proper signatures and use the report to purchase awards at the Scout Shop.
  • Print an advancement summary for any or all members in your unit.
  • Print Membership Cards for any member of your unit.
  • Upload from Troopmaster and other 3rd party software.

File Name Description
March 2020 P.R.A.Y. Announcement 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