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==What is Advancement?==
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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.
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{{quote|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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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 opportunities are available to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.
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==Cub Scouts==
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[[Image:Cub-logo.gif|thumb|75px|Cub Scouting packs includes dens of Tiger, Wolf, Bear Cubs and Webelos.]]
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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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:6. [[Arrow of Light]] - Cub Scouting's highest award.
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The Arrow of Light is the only award patch that a Cub Scout can wear on a uniform of the other BSA programs.
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==Boy Scouts==
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{{quote|Education and fun are functions of the Scouting movement, and they must be the basis of the advancement program.}}
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[[Image:FleurDeLis.jpg|thumb|75px|Boy Scouting troops includes New Scout Patrols, Regular Patrols, and Venture Patrols.]]
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{{quote-source|A fundamental principle of advancement in [[Cub Scout Leader Portal|Cub Scouting]], [[Boy Scout Portal|Boy Scouting]], [[Varsity Scout Portal|Varsity Scouting]], and [[Venturing Portal|Venturing]] is the growth a young person achieves as a result of his/her participation in his/her unit program.|[[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 3}}
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==Advancement Principles==
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{{quote|Council and district advancement committees implement procedures that help achieve the following advancement principles.}}
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Boy Scouts 11 years and older and younger than 18 earn the Scout Badge upon joining and progress along the Eagle trail. Requirements may be earned at any time, but ranks are received in sequence and according to time and leadership requirements.
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{{quote-source|'''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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:1. [[Scout Badge]] - Boy Scout joining requirements.
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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.|[[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 3}}
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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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==Varsity Scouts==
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{{quote|'''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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[[Image:Varsity-logo.gif|thumb|75px|Varsity Scouting teams are composed of one or more squads.]]
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{{quote|'''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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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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{{New9}}{{quote-source|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|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}}
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'''Boy Scouting advancement'''
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==Advancement in the Four Scouting Program Phases==
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{{quote-source|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}}
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'''Varsity Scouting advancement'''
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===Cub Scouting===
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:* [[Denali Award]] - Varsity Scouting's highest award.
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{{quote-source|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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The Denali Award may be worn on a uniform of Venturers and Sea Scouts.
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Cub Scouting has the following ranks: [[Bobcat badge|Bobcat]], [[Tiger Cub Scout|Tiger Cub]], [[Wolf Cub Scout|Wolf]], [[Bear Cub Scout|Bear]], [[Webelos Scout|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}}
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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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{{quote-source|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 those authorized by the National Executive Board and set forth in the [[Boy Scout Handbook]], and the current [[Boy Scout Requirements book]].|[[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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===Varsity Scouting===
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{{quote-source|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]].|[[Advancement Policies]] #33088, p. 4}}
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A male [[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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{{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.
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'''The basic advancement system'''
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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.|[[Advancement Policies]], p. 4}}
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Current revision

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


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Guide To Advancement, 2011 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33088)


What is Advancement?

Shortcut:
What is Advancement?
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 Policies #33088, p. 3

Advancement Principles

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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
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.
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Update
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

Shortcut:
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

Boy Scouting

Main article: Boy Scout Portal
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 those authorized by the National Executive Board and set forth in the Boy Scout Handbook, and the current Boy Scout Requirements book.

Advancement Policies #33088, p. 4

Varsity Scouting

Main article: Varsity Scout Portal
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.
Advancement Policies #33088, p. 4

Venturing

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 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.|Advancement Policies, p. 4}}

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