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'''Advancement''' is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from [[rank]] to rank (or to specific awards) in the Scouting program. Advancement opportunities are avaliable to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.
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Advancement occurs when a youth member in a Scouting program completes a set of requirements and is recognized with a [[Rank|rank]] badge or an [[Awards|award]] designated as part of an advancement path.
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==What is Advancement?==
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(Quoted from: [[Advancement Policies|Advancement Policies #33088]], p. 3)
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Advancement may be a linear trail through ranks and awards (for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Sea Scouting) or may be paths that branch into areas of specialties (Varsity Scouting and Venturing). Earning ranks or advancement awards involves fulfilling various requirements which may include earning badges, pins, emblems or other recognition awards.
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''Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from [[rank]] to rank in the Scouting program. Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. Everything done to advance and earn these ranks should be designed to help the young person have an exciting and meaningful experience.
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==Purpose==
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''Education and fun are functions of the Scouting movement, and they must be the basis of the advancement program.
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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 and Methods of Scouting]] are character building, citizenship training, and physical and mental fitness.
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Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. Everything done to earn advancement, from joining until leaving the program, should be designed to help the youth member have an exciting and meaningful experience.
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''A fundamental principle of advancement in [[Cub Scout Advancement|Cub Scouting]], [[Boy Scout Advancement|Boy Scouting]], [[Varsity Scouting advancement|Varsity Scouting]], and [[Venturing advancement|Venturing]] is the growth a young person achieves as a result of his/her participation in his/her unit program.
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Education and fun are functions of the Scouting movement, and they must be the basis of the advancement program.
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==Advancement Principles==
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(Quoted from: [[Advancement Policies|Advancement Policies #33088]], p. 3)
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A fundamental principle of advancement in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing is the growth a young person achieves as a result of his/her participation in his/her unit program.
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''Council and district advancement committees implement procedures that help achieve the following advancement principles.
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In Scouting, recognition is gained through leadership in the unit; attending and participating in the activities; living the ideals of Scouting; and developing a proficiency in outdoor life, useful skills, and career exploration.
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'''''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.
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'''''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.
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== Advancement in the Four Scouting Program Phases ==
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'''''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.
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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.
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===Cub Scouts===
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The Cub Scout program in the den and pack is the basis for the Cub Scout's advancement. The steps in Cub Scout and Webelos Scout advancement procedures are preparation, qualification, and recognition.
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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.''
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Cub Scouts earn the Bobcat badge and then progress towards advancement starting at their age-appropriate den rank.
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'''''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.
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# [[Bobcat|Bobcat badge]] - For all new youth members.
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'''''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.
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# [[Tiger|Tiger Cub]] - For first grade-aged boys
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# [[Wolf|Wolf Cub Scout]] - For second grade-aged boys
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# [[Bear|Bear Cub Scout]] - For third grade-aged boys
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# [[Webelos|Webelos Scout badge]] - For fourth and fifth grade-aged boys
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# [[Arrow of Light|Arrow of Light Award]] - Cub Scouting's highest award.
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The Arrow of Light is the only rank patch that a Cub Scout can wear on a uniform of the other BSA programs.
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''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 "Advancement for Youth Members With Special Needs".) Suggestions for changes in requirements should be sent to the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Venturing committee, Boy Scouts of America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.
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===Boy Scouts===
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==Advancement in the Four Scouting Program Phases ==
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[[Image:FleurDeLis.jpg|thumb|75px|Boy Scouting troops includes New Scout Patrols, Experienced Patrols, and Venture Patrols.]]
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(Quoted from: [[Advancement Policies|Advancement Policies #33088]], p. 4)
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The Boy Scout requirements for rank are the basis for a Boy Scout's advancement. There are four steps in the Boy Scout advancement procedure: learning, testing, [[board of reveiw|reviewing]], and recognition.
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[[Boy Scout Advancement]] is for boys 11 years and older and younger than 18 earn the Scout Badge upon joining and progress along the Eagle trail. Unless stated otherwise, requirements may be completed at any time, but ranks are received in sequence and according to time and leadership requirements.
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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.
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:1. [[Scout Badge|Scout badge]] - Boy Scout joining requirements.
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===Cub Scouts===
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:2. [[Tenderfoot]]
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:3. [[Second Class]]
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:4. [[First Class]]
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:5. [[Star Scout]]
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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.
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:7. [[Eagle Scout|Eagle Scout Award]] - Boy Scouting's highest award.
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:8. [[Eagle Palms]] - Recognition for further service, growth, and tenure.
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The Eagle Scout Award may be worn on a uniform of Venturers and Sea Scouts. The Star, Life and Eagle patch may be worn on the uniform of Venturers.
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''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.
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(Quoted from: [[Advancement Policies|Advancement Policies #33088]], p. 4)
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''The Boy Scout requirements for [[rank]] are the basis for a Boy Scout's advancement. There are four steps in the Boy Scout advancement procedure: learning, testing, [[Boards of Review|reviewing]], and recognition.
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''Boy Scouting has the following ranks: [[Tenderfoot]], [[Second Class]], [[First Class]], [[Star]], [[Life]], and [[Eagle]]. The requirements for each rank are authorized by the National Executive Board and set forth in the Boy Scout Handbook, and the current Boy Scout Requirements book.
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[[Image:Varsity-logo.gif|thumb|75px|Varsity Scouting teams are composed of one or more squads.]]
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(Quoted from: [[Advancement Policies|Advancement Policies #33088]], p. 4)
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The Varsity Scout advancement follows the same rank requirements to Eagle and Eagle Palms as those for Boy Scouts. Supplementing this Eagle trail, a Varsity Scouts is also eligible for the additional advancement opportunity of earning the Denali Award. To do this he must earn at least one Varsity Letter, and serve as Program Manager (a position of responsibility), acting as primary leader in at least two of the fields of emphasis and participating in the remaining three fields.
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The Varsity Scout requirements for rank advancement are the same as those for Boy Scouts. However, the advancement program is supervised by a youth member called an advancement program manager, who is assisted by an adult on the team committee.
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The Program Manager for advancement (one of the five fields of emphasis) is responsible for planning and encouraging team advancement activities. The youth Program Manager is assisted by an adult Program Advisor who is a member of the team committee.
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Varsity Scouts 14 years and older and younger than 18 follow the same rank requirements as Boy Scouts; team members frequently have previous service or are dual registered in a Boy Scout troop. Varsity Letter and Denali Award requirements may be earned immediately upon joining the team, but members must advance at least one rank toward Eagle or earn an Eagle Palm.
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'''Boy Scouting advancement'''
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:1. [[Scout Badge|Scout badge]] - Boy Scout joining requirements.
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'''Varsity Scouting advancement'''
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The Denali Award may be worn on a uniform of Venturers and Sea Scouts.
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===Venturing===
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[[Image:Venturing-logo.jpg|thumb|75px|Venturing units include crews of Venturers and ships of Sea Scouts.]]
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(Quoted from: [[Advancement Policies|Advancement Policies #33088]], p. 4)
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Venturers/Sea Scouts who have completed eight grade 14 years and older and younger than 21 may begin work toward a Bronze Award or Apprentice Sea Scout rank upon joining. Sea Scouts in a ship may work earn Venturing basic advancement and expert-level award, but Venturers in a crew cannot earn Sea Scout ranks outside of a ship.
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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.
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A male [[Boy Scouting Rank Advancement for Venturers|Venturer or Sea Scout is eligible for Eagle rank]] before his 18th birthday, providing he has previously achieved Star or Life in a Boy Scout troop or Varsity Scout team.
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The Venturing [[Venturing Bronze Award|Bronze]], [[Venturing Gold Award|Gold]], [[Venturing Silver Award|Silver]], [[Ranger Award|Ranger]], [[Quest Award|Quest]], [[TRUST Award|TRUST]], and [[Quartermaster Award|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.
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'''The basic advancement system'''
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:1. [[Venturing Bronze Award]]
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Sea Scout ranks - Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and the Quartermaster Award may be earned by all Sea Scouts who meet certain requirements. Details on Sea Scouting advancement can be found in the ''[[Sea Exploring Manual]]''.
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==See also==
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What is Advancement?

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 3)

Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank in the Scouting program. Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. Everything done to advance and earn these ranks should be designed to help the young person have an exciting and meaningful experience.

Education and fun are functions of the Scouting movement, and they must be the basis of the advancement program.

A fundamental principle of advancement in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing is the growth a young person achieves as a result of his/her participation in his/her unit program.

Advancement Principles

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 3)

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.

New in 2007 Printing

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 "Advancement for Youth Members With Special Needs".) Suggestions for changes in requirements should be sent to the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Venturing committee, Boy Scouts of America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.

Advancement in the Four Scouting Program Phases

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 4)

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.

Cub Scouts

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 4)

Main article: Cub Scout Advancement

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.

Boy Scouts

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 4)

Main article: Boy Scout Advancement

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

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

Varsity Scouts

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 4)

The Varsity Scout requirements for rank advancement are the same as those for Boy Scouts. However, the advancement program is supervised by a youth member called an advancement program manager, who is assisted by an adult on the team committee.

Venturing

(Quoted from: Advancement Policies #33088, p. 4)

Main article: Venturing advancement

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 Bronze, Gold, Silver, 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.

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