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What is Advancement?

Main article: What is Advancement?

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 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.

Advancement opportunities are available to Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.

Cub Scouts

Cub Scouting packs includes dens of Tiger, Wolf, Bear Cubs and Webelos.
Cub Scouting packs includes dens of Tiger, Wolf, Bear Cubs and Webelos.

Cub Scouts earn the Bobcat badge and then progress towards advancement starting at their age-appropriate den rank.

1. Bobcat
2. Tiger
3. Wolf
4. Bear
5. Webelos
6. Arrow of Light - Cub Scouting's highest award.

The Arrow of Light is the only award patch that a Cub Scout can wear on a uniform of the other BSA programs.

Boy Scouts

Boy Scouting troops includes New Scout Patrols, Regular Patrols, and Venture Patrols.
Boy Scouting troops includes New Scout Patrols, Regular Patrols, and Venture Patrols.

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.

1. Scout Badge - Boy Scout joining requirements.
2. Tenderfoot
3. Second Class
4. First Class
5. Star Scout
6. Life Scout
7. Eagle Scout - Boy Scouting's highest award.
8. Eagle Palms - Recognition for further service, growth, and tenure.

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.

Varsity Scouts

Varsity Scouting teams are composed of one or more squads.
Varsity Scouting teams are composed of one or more squads.

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.

Boy Scouting advancement

1. Scout Badge - Boy Scout joining requirements.
2. Tenderfoot
3. Second Class
4. First Class
5. Star Scout
6. Life Scout
7. Eagle Scout
8. Eagle Palms

Varsity Scouting advancement

The Denali Award may be worn on a uniform of Venturers and Sea Scouts.

Venturing

Venturing units include crews of Venturers and ships of Sea Scouts.
Venturing units include crews of Venturers and ships of Sea Scouts.
Main article: Venturing advancement

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.

A male 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.

The basic advancement system

1. Venturing Bronze Award
2. Venturing Gold Award
3. Venturing Silver Award - Venturing's highest award.

Expert-level awards

Sea Scouting ranks

1. Apprentice rank
2. Ordinary rank
3. Able rank
4. Quartermaster Award - Sea Scouting's highest award.
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