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Advancement topics include Rules and Regulations and policies regarding Cub Scouts,
Scouts BSA, Venturers, Special Needs, Scout Spirit, and What is "Active?"
Program resources are offered for Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouting.

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Guide To Advancement, 2011 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #N/A)

What is Advancement?

What is Advancement?
Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank. 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. Everything done to advance—to earn ranks and other awards and recognition—is designed to educate or to otherwise expand horizons.
Experiential learning is the key: Exciting and meaningful activities are offered, and education happens. Learning comes from doing. Advancement should be a natural outcome of a well-rounded unit program, rich in opportunities to work toward the ranks.
Advancement is the method by which we promote and encourage the ongoing involvement and commitment that keeps members coming back for more. 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 improving readiness for more complex experiences.
— [Guide to Advancement] 2015 ed. #33088, Advancement Defined p.10-11

Advancement Principles

Advancement Principles
Council and district advancement committees implement procedures that help achieve the following advancement principles.
Personal growth is the prime consideration in the advancement program. Scouting skills—what a young person knows how to do—are important, but they are not the most important aspect of advancement. Scouting's concern is the total growth of youth. This growth may be measured by how youth live the Scouting ideals, and how they do their part in their daily lives.

Learning by doing. A Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Venturer may read about fire building or good citizenship. He/she may hear it discussed, and watch others in action, but he/she has not learned first aid until he/she has done it.

Each youth progresses at his or her own rate. Advancement is not a competition among individual young people, but is an expression of their interest and participation in the program. Youth must be encouraged to advance steadily and set their own goals with guidance from their parents, guardians, or leaders.

Advancement Policies #33088, p. 3
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Just because a group of youth join at the same time, not everyone will earn the same awards at the same time. Let all members earn the awards at their own pace.
A badge is recognition of what a young person is able to do, not merely a reward for what he or she has done. The badge is proof of certain abilities, and is not just a reward for the completion of a task.
Advancement encourages Scouting ideals. Scouting teaches a young person how to care for himself/herself and help others. Advancement should reflect the desire to live the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Venturing Oath in his/her daily life.
No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to or subtract from advancement requirements. (For the policies concerning youth members with special needs, see pages 39–43.)Suggestions for changes in requirements should be sent to the Program Content Committee, Innovation & Strategy Group, Boy Scouts of America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.
Advancement Policies #33088, p. 3

Advancement in the Four Scouting Program Phases

Advancement in the Four Scouting Program Phases
Advancement is one of the methods used to achieve the aims of Scouting in all four phases of the Scouting program (Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing). The aims of Scouting are character building, citizenship training, and physical and mental fitness.
Advancement Policies #33088, p. 4

Cub Scouting

The Cub Scout program in the den and pack is the basis for Cub Scout advancement. The steps in Tiger Cub, Cub Scout, and Webelos Scout advancement procedures are preparation, qualification, and recognition.

Cub Scouting has the following ranks: Bobcat, Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light. The requirements to reach each rank are authorized by the National Executive Board and set forth in the Tiger Cub Handbook, Wolf Handbook, Bear Handbook, and Webelos Handbook.

Advancement Policies #33088, p. 4

Scouts BSA

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The Scouts BSA requirements for rank are the basis for a Scout's advancement. There are four steps in the Scout advancement procedure: learning, testing, reviewing, and recognition.

Scouts BSA has the following ranks: Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle Scout. The requirements for each rank are those authorized by the National Executive Board and set forth in the Scouts BSA Handbook, and the current Scouts BSA Requirements book.


Main article: Venturing Portal

{{quote-source|A male Venturer who has achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a [[troop or as a Varsity Scout in a team may continue working toward the Eagle Scout rank as a Venturer until his 18th birthday. There is no alternate Venturing advancement route to qualify for the Eagle Scout rank.

The Venturing Summit, Ranger, Quest, TRUST, and Quartermaster awards may be earned by all Venturers who meet certain requirements. Details on Venturing advancement can be found in the Venturing/Ranger Handbook, Venturing Leader Manual, Quest Handbook, TRUST Handbook, and Sea Exploring Manual.|Advancement Policies, p. 4}}

Sea Scouting

Main article: Sea Scout Portal

See also

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