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Guide to Advancement 2019

BSA Mission Statement

Guide to Advancement

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

The Aims of Scouting

Every Scouting activity moves young people toward the basic aims of: character development, citizenship training, leadership, and mental and physical fitness.

Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout leaders to help youth fulfill the aims of the BSA.

Policy on Unauthorized Changes to Advancement Program

No council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or subtract from, advancement requirements. There are limited exceptions relating only to members with special needs. For details see section 10, “Advancement for Members With Special Needs.”

Mandated Procedures and Recommended Practices

This publication clearly identifies mandated procedures with words such as “must” and “shall.” Where such language is used, no council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to deviate from the procedures covered, without the written permission of the National Advancement Program Team.

Recommended best practices are offered using words like “should,” while other options and guidelines are indicated with terms such as “may” or “can.” Refer questions on these to your local district or council advancement chairs or staff advisors. They, in turn, may request interpretations and assistance from the National Advancement Program Team.

The Guide to Safe Scouting Applies

Policies and procedures outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting apply to all BSA activities, including those related to advancement and Eagle Scout, Quartermaster, and Summit Award service projects.

What Does “Unit Leader” Mean?

Throughout this publication the term “unit leader” refers only to a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing crew Advisor, Sea Scout Skipper, or Lone Scout friend and counselor. “Unit leadership” and “leader” are used as generic references to any registered adult leader in a unit and as such would include the unit leader.

What Does “Scouts BSA Handbook” Mean?

Throughout this publication, the term Scouts BSA Handbook refers to both the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys and the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls.

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Section 1. Introduction

Section 2. Advancement Defined

Section 3. Guidelines for Advancement and Recognition Committees

Section 4. The Mechanics of Advancement Mechanics of Advancement in Cub Scouting Cub Scout Ranks Mechanics of Advancement in Scouts BSA Four Steps in Advancement Reserved Rank Requirements Overview Mechanics of Advancement: In Venturing Advancement in Venturing The Venturing Summit Award Service Project Time Extensions for Earning the Summit Award Submitting the Summit Award Application Mechanics of Advancement in Sea Scouts Scouts BSA Advancement in Sea Scouts Sea Scout Ranks and Awards The Sea Scout Bridge of Review

Section 5. Special Considerations Advancement in Camp Settings Extended Absence From Scouting Lone Scouting Youth From Other Countries Religious Principles Bestowing Posthumous Awards Spirit of the Eagle Award Using Technology-Based Tools in Advancement

Section 6. Electronic Advancement Reporting

Section 7. The Merit Badge Program About Merit Badge Counselors Merit Badge Counselor Lists The Process of Counseling Merit Badge Miscellany

Section 8. Boards of Review: An Overview for All Ranks Conducting the Board of Review Particulars for Tenderfoot Through Life Ranks Particulars for the Eagle Scout Rank Appealing a Decision Venturing Boards of Review Particulars for the Discovery and Pathfinder Awards Particulars for the Summit Award

Section 9. The Eagle Scout Rank The Eagle Scout Rank Application Process The Eagle Scout Service Project About Eagle Palms Time Extensions

Section 10. Advancement for Members With Special Needs Registering Qualified Members Beyond Age of Eligibility Advancement Flexibility Allowed Advancement for Cub Scouts With Special Needs Advancement in Scouts BSA for Scouts With Special Needs Advancement for Venturers and Sea Scouts With Special Needs

Section 11. Appendix Reporting Merit Badge Counseling Concerns Request for Extension of Time to Earn Eagle Scout Rank Belated Eagle Scout Rank Application Request for Registration Beyond the Age of Eligibility Individual Scout Advancement Plan