By Darryl Alder
Feb 15, 2017

2017 Advancement Guide Coming Soon

Guide to Advancement is always a work in progress, thanks to program changes that occur at all levels of Scouting.“–National Advancement Program Team

That’s why I recommend you use the online version, and subscribe to Advancement News (to subscribe, send a message to, with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject line. Indicate your name, email address, and council in  text.).

By subscribing, you are sure to have the latest updates. You may also find updates online at or via Twitter by following @AdvBSA or “BSA Advancement Team”. Personally, I like tweets, so I am one of their 4,000 followers.

However, with that all said, about every two years the whole booklet gets an overhaul; there are just too many changes. The last update was in 2015, so we are due to receive a new one.

The BSA advancement team promises a revised version of the 2015 release, which is currently in final development. When the 2017 update is released, you can be certain that Advancement News and the other methods listed above will all report on its major changes and additions. Plus, we will bring you highlights of any new materials included, as well as those that have been expanded or changed.

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Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA. He serves as Aaronic Priesthood/Scout Committee Chair in his LDS ward where he handles advancement.

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