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Information On The BSA Advancement Program
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 National BSA Policies Related To Merit Badges.
In addition to the above policies on merit badges, the following policies may be of interest:
- Rank Advancement
- Boards of Review - Courts of Honor
- Service Projects
- Youth Members With Special Needs
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.
If you have a great 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. Also, you may like to Develop an Advancement Web Page that would help Boy Scouts complete their merit badge requirements.
In order to keep the Scouting program fresh and invigorating, it is constantly being updated. Bruce E. Cobern, Advancement Chairman for the Founders District in Queens Council, NY, develops outlines of all the major changes each time they happen. Outlines from 1995 to 2002 are available in Changes in the Boy Scout Advancement Program. In addition, there is a chart of the Merit Badge Pamphlet Revision Dates for all the merit badge pamphlets.
In addition to standard requirements for Ranks and Merit Badges, there are also general requirements which apply to the advancement process. The General Advancement Requirements deal with age, physical or mental disability, service projects, and merit badge procedures. 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.
Summer camp is a major source for advancement 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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you need to order merit badge pamphlets or any other Scouting documents? Stop by ScoutStuff.org for access to the official Boy Scout Catalog.