Advancement

Below you will find some links to resources that our council has made available to scouts & leaders.  We are constantly working hard to make this section better, however, if you can not find what you are looking for here, please either call the Scout Service and Training Center (570) 207-1227, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Boy Scouts of America has announced modifications to Cub Scouting that make the program more flexible for busy parents, den leaders and Cubmasters.

The BSA gathered feedback from den leaders who had delivered the new Cub Scouting program for a year. What they learned was that some den leaders had difficulty fitting into their program year all of the adventures required for advancement. This resulted in boys not advancing. After a thoughtful and deliberate review, the BSA has released some modifications to address this concern.

What are the modifications? Some adventure requirements that previously were mandatory will become optional, in a move intended to give Cub Scouters more control over their den program.

The changes, which take effect Immediately, were approved by the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America.

The fine-tuning reflects the BSA’s three-step approach to new programs: Launch. Learn. Modify.

Click on the Read more, link to find what you need to know.

As a quick reminder for anyone still using pre-2016 Boy Scout rank requirements:

As of Jan. 1, 2017, all Boy Scouts — regardless of rank — must begin using the new Boy Scout requirements.

You got a first look at the Boy Scout requirement changes way back in January 2014; the requirements themselves were released to the public in May 2015.

The BSA established 2016 as a transition year, allowing Boy Scouts to choose whether to use the new requirements or finish up their current rank with the old ones.

Now that it’s 2017, every Boy Scout must use the new requirements.

Resources that our council has made available for Life Scouts on their "Trail to Eagle" are available at the link below.

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program.

Information on how to become a merit badge counselor is available by clicking on the link below

Internet advancement is the process that Scouting units use to record and track advancement ranks and awards for their youth. This process can be done from any Internet-connected computer at any time.

 

Science
Technology
Engineering and
Math

 
To engage our youth members in STEM, the Boy Scouts of America has created exciting new program initiatives that emphasize STEM in the context of the current advancement programs.

Click on the link below for more information on Cub Scout Advancement and for links to frequently used Cub Scout forms.

 

For information on 

Boy Scout Advancement

CLICK HERE

 
 

For information on 

Venturing Advancement

CLICK HERE

 

For information on the
National Eagle Scout Association (NESA)

 

 
The religious award program for the BSA is administered
by  P.R.A.Y. (Program of Religious Activities for Youth).
 
For more information
on this program

 

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Since its founding in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has had fully participating members with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. James E. West, the first Chief Scout Executive, was a person with a disability. Although most of the BSA's efforts have been directed at keeping such boys in the mainstream of Scouting, it has also recognized the special needs of those with significant disabilities. To find out more about advancement for Scouts with Special Needs, click on the "Read more" link, below.