Guide to Advancement

The Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in helps Scouters understand and implement the advancement programs and procedures of the Boy Scouts of America for all levelsPolicies and procedures outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting apply to all BSA activities, including those related to advancement and Eagle Scout service projects.

Additional information and best practices appear in other official BSA resources such as BSA Advancement News, the national Advancement Team’s Twitter feed, and the advancement educational presentations released by the national Advancement Committee. The latest advancement resources can be found on the BSA advancement resources page

Units enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges utilizing internet advancement.


Boards of Review

After a Scout in a troop has completed the requirements for any rank, they appear before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of their experience and decide whether they have fulfilled the requirements for the rank.

Eagle Scout Boards of Review  

At least one district or council representative must serve as a member of an Eagle Scout board of review. To schedule an Eagle Scout board of review, contact the district advancement chair.

District Guide for Eagle Scout Board of Review: Navigating the process for an Eagle Scout board of review involves paperwork, patience and attention to detail. In order to achieve Scouting’s highest honor many people may be involved. This document provides a list of items that occur during this process. Each point shows the primary person responsible for its successful completion, the presentation of the Eagle Scout Award. Download the full document for further detail.

Eagle Scout Service Project

While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. The project must benefit an organization other than Scouting. A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. To obtain approval from the district for an Eagle Scout service project, contact the district advancement chair.


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For additional information or questions about advancement, contact the district advancement chair.