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The Boy Scouts of America publish a number of references online at your local Scout Shop or online at As a corporation, the BSA National Council has Bylaws that provide the most important rules for the corporation. Next come the Corporate Polices, then their support documents, and finally other documentation, handbooks, and manuals.


For Advancement under the BSA National Council, the precedence of documentation is:

  1. Bylaws (and Rules)
  2. Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures #33088 © 1989, 2007 Printing (including key Bylaws)
  3. Policy support documents:
    Boy Scout Requirements #33215: Online   Printed
    Alternate Requirements: Tenderfoot-First Class   Eagle Scout   Alternate Merit Badge Application
    Eagle Scout Application #58-728
    Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook #18-927
    Guide for Merit Badge CounselorsOnline   Printed
  4. Handbooks, etc.: Boy Scout Handbook   Scoutmaster Handbook  
    Troop Committee Guide Book   Online Course
  5. Training: Board of Review   Scoutmaster Conference

Other Resources

Advancement Policies
Advancement (Report) Scouts BSA (Resources) Service Projects
Rules and Regulations First Class-First Year Eagle Scout Project
 What is Scout Spirit?  Scoutmaster Conferences Lifesaving awards
When is a Scout Active? Time Extensions Summer Camp
When is a Scout in Uniform? Boards of Review - Appeals Merit Badges, Events & FAQ
Scouts with Special Needs Advancement Campout  Cub Scouts  (Resources)
Religious Principle Courts of Honor
Books & References  12 Steps From Life to Eagle  Venturing & Sea Scouts  
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