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== Information On The BSA Advancement Program ==
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;MeritBadge.Org provides BSA Program resources for:
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[[What is Advancement?]] One of the best and most unique parts of the BSA Advancement Program is the Merit Badge Plan. To learn more, check out [[Merit Badge Counseling]], [[Recommending Merit Badge Counselors]], and [[Merit Badge Counselor Orientation]]. For technical information, check out the [[Merit Badge Policies]].
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:Cub Scouts is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for boys in the 1st - 5th grade or age 7 - 10. Key resources include the [[WW|Webelos Activity Badges]] and [[CSW|Cub Scout Belt Loops and Pins]]. In additional, see the program materials for [[Tiger]], [[Wolf]], [[Bear]], and [[Webelos]] Scouts. Cub Scouts activities include * [[Cub Scout Day Camp]], [[Cub Scout Resident Camp]], [[Den Meetings]], [[Pack Meetings]], [[Pinewood Derby]], and [[Blue and Gold Banquettes]]. Key positions include [[Denner]], [[Den Chief]], [[Den Leader]], and [[Cub Master]].
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In addition to the above policies on merit badges, the following policies may be of interest:
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:Boy Scouts is the year-round program for boys age 11 - 17 that achieves the [[Aims and Methods of Scouting]] through a vigorous outdoor program and youth leadership with the counsel of an adult [[Scoutmaster]]. Boy Scout [[Advancement]] resource include [[Scout]] through [[Eagle]] ranks and [[Merit Badge]] info. Key topics include [[Summer Camp]], [[Merit Badge]]s, [[Youth Members With Special Needs]], [[Boards of Review]], [[Courts of Honor]], [[Scoutmaster Conferences]], [[Order of the Arrow]], and [[Positions of Responsibility]].
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* [[Boy Scout Ranks]]
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* [[Boards of Review]]
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:Varsity Scouting is an active, exciting, year-round program for young men age 14 through 17 emphasizing advancement, high-adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events. Varsity Scout resources include [[Varsity Scout Advancement]], [[Varsity Letter]], and [[Denali Award]] and well as the [[Boy Scout Portal|Boy Scout]] programs Varsity Scout enjoy.
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* [[Courts of Honor]]
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* [[Service Projects]]
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* [[Youth Members With Special Needs|Special Needs]]
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There are also three forms available here that are useful during the merit badge counselor recruiting process. The [[Merit Badge Counselor Recommendation Form]] can be given out to others so that they can provide names of individuals who could make good merit badge counselors. The [[Merit Badge Counselor Information Form]] provides information about the prospective counselor for the approval process. The [[Work Sheet for Building a Merit Badge Counselor List]] provides a step-by-step procedure for recruiting and outlines the merit badge subject groups.
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;[[Venturing Portal|Venturing]]
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:Venturing is a year-round program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills. Venturing information includes [[Bronze Award]]s, [[Gold Award]], [[Silver Award]], [[Quest Award]], [[TRUST Award]], and the [[Ranger Award]].
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If you have an idea for a new merit badge or would like to suggest changes on existing merit badges, take a look at [[Submitting New Merit Badge Ideas]].
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:Sea Scouts is a specialized segment of the Venturing program, which was organized to address members' boating skills and promote knowledge of our maritime heritage. Swimming, lifesaving, first aid, Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses are taught with the ship by its officers. Rank resources include: [[Apprentice]], [[Ordinary]], [[Able]], and [[Quartermaster Award]].
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In order to keep the Scouting program fresh and invigorating, it is constantly being updated. Paul Wolf at usscouts maintains an up to date [http://usscouts.org/advance/changes/advchanges.asp listing of rank and merit badge changes] dating back over decade.
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:MeritBadge.Org has a wealth of [[merit badge]] resources. Check out the worksheets and links on the [[Merit Badge Worksheets]] page. Did you ever wonder how many Scouts have earned Leatherwork Merit Badge? What is the most popolar? What is the most rare? The answers are at [[Merit Badges Earned]].
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In addition to standard requirements for [[Ranks]] and [[Merit Badges]], there are also general requirements which apply to the advancement process. The [[Advancement Polices]] provide more informaiton on requirements for age, physical or mental disability, service projects, and merit badge. You may also want to familiarize yourself with the [[BSA's Merit Badge Numbering System]]. It is a simplified way of identifying merit badges which is used on the advancement chart and in some paperwork.
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:There are dozens of awards for Scout Leaders. Whether you wear the knot or not, you should deliver the full qualify program these awards require.
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[[Advancement in Summer Camp]] provides many opportunities. A letter on [[Advancement for First Year Campers]] was written based on a request. If you have young Scouts, you may find it helpful. Also, check out the information we have on [[Merit Badge Pamphlet Libraries]]. It may surprise you.
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See the [[Bookshelf]] for books and down-loadable materials.
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Do you want to earn your merit badges by e-mail through the internet? It's not a generally accepted practice but it may become common place in the future. See [[Counseling Merit Badges Over Long Distances]] for some ideas on how this could be handled in the future. Be sure to send me any comments you may have.
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The [[Aims and Methods of Scouting]] are the core of the Scouting program. Included are the Scout Oath, Law, Motto, Slogan, and the Outdoor Code.
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By the way, did you ever wonder how many Scouts have earned their First Aid Merit Badge? How about Leatherwork? Or Beekeeping? Well, the answers to this and other questions is available on the [[Merit Badges Earned]] pages.
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Do you need to order merit badge pamphlets or any other Scouting documents? Stop by [http://www.scoutstuff.org ScoutStuff.org] for access to the official Boy Scout Catalog.
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== External links ==
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* http://olc.scouting.org/ - The BSA Online Training Center (an official BSA web site). This provides a variety of materials, from quick references to complete courses, all designed to help Scouting members improve leadership skills and deliver a quality program.
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* http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts/supplemental/18-625/index.html - Board of Review Training
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MeritBadge.Org provides BSA Program resources for
Cub Scouts
Cub Scouts is a year-round family- and home-centered program that develops ethical decision-making skills for boys in the 1st - 5th grade or age 7 - 10. Key resources include the Webelos Activity Badges and Cub Scout Belt Loops and Pins. In additional, see the program materials for Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts. Cub Scouts activities include * Cub Scout Day Camp, Cub Scout Resident Camp, Den Meetings, Pack Meetings, Pinewood Derby, and Blue and Gold Banquettes. Key positions include Denner, Den Chief, Den Leader, and Cub Master.
Boy Scouts
Boy Scouts is the year-round program for boys age 11 - 17 that achieves the Aims and Methods of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and youth leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster. Boy Scout Advancement resource include Scout through Eagle ranks and Merit Badge info. Key topics include Summer Camp, Merit Badges, Youth Members With Special Needs, Boards of Review, Courts of Honor, Scoutmaster Conferences, Order of the Arrow, and Positions of Responsibility.
Varsity Scouts
Varsity Scouting is an active, exciting, year-round program for young men age 14 through 17 emphasizing advancement, high-adventure, personal development, service, and special programs and events. Varsity Scout resources include Varsity Scout Advancement, Varsity Letter, and Denali Award and well as the Boy Scout programs Varsity Scout enjoy.
Venturing
Venturing is a year-round program for young men and women who have completed the eighth grade through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills. Venturing information includes Bronze Awards, Gold Award, Silver Award, Quest Award, TRUST Award, and the Ranger Award.
Sea Scouting
Sea Scouts is a specialized segment of the Venturing program, which was organized to address members' boating skills and promote knowledge of our maritime heritage. Swimming, lifesaving, first aid, Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses are taught with the ship by its officers. Rank resources include: Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and Quartermaster Award.
Merit Badges
MeritBadge.Org has a wealth of merit badge resources. Check out the worksheets and links on the Merit Badge Worksheets page. Did you ever wonder how many Scouts have earned Leatherwork Merit Badge? What is the most popolar? What is the most rare? The answers are at Merit Badges Earned.
Scouter Awards
There are dozens of awards for Scout Leaders. Whether you wear the knot or not, you should deliver the full qualify program these awards require.

See the Bookshelf for books and down-loadable materials.

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