Tag Archives: advancement

Bear Necessities
By Annaleis Smith
Jun 02, 2015

LDS Cub Scouts CAN go camping!

In the new Cub Scout program there are required adventures for all ranks that center around the idea of learning to camp.  The boys are required to participate in a campfire program, learn about the Leave no Trace principles, the outdoor code and more.  But wait… as per the “Green Scouting Handbook”, (page 4 section […]

Guide to Advancement
By Boy Scouts of America
Mar 18, 2015

Helpful Advancement Links

Here are some links to the most current materials of interest for Scouters who are involved in the administration of advancement. These and many more resources are available via the Advancement Resources page. Guide to Advancement Advancement Educational Presentations: Why Advancement?  In this series of videos, individuals give testimony about the quality of their Scouting […]

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By Annaleis Smith
Mar 03, 2015

Key to Cub Scout Transition is Planning!

Planning for the new Cub Scout program just might be the key to transitioning smoothly from the old (current) Cub Scout program into the new.   While talking with many of you over the past few months at Roundtables, Cub Scout leader Pow Wows and most recently at University of Scouting, there still tends to […]

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By Maria Milligan
Feb 03, 2015

Blue and Gold Banquet Ideas

February is Blue and Gold Banquet time! This month celebrates Scouting’s birthday, and packs across the nation hold banquets as a birthday party. This meeting is often the highlight of the year for packs and it’s a great time to invite families, former leaders, community members, and local Scouters to come celebrate with you. Your pack can […]

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By Darryl Alder
Dec 01, 2014

Support BSA this #GivingTuesday—December 2

We have a day for giving thanks (Thanksgiving). We have two for getting deals (Black Friday and Cyber Monday). After two days of shopping, take a day to give back. December 2nd is #GivingTuesday This Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common […]

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By Brent Troutner
Nov 08, 2014

Space Isn’t Easy

I literally grew up with the Space Race. I was born just after the Soviets scared the daylights out of America with the launch of Sputnik, and every year and month of my young life corresponded with America’s reach for the stars. In school we learned about the Mercury and Gemini programs and it’s assorted […]

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By Darryl Alder
Sep 13, 2014

I’m a New Pack Advancement Coordinator—What Do I Do Now?

Adapted from April – May 2014 Advancement News pp. 6–7 and The Guide to Advancement. Congratulations, new pack advancement coordinator! The Guide to Advancement topics 4.1.0.2 and 3.0.0.3, will give you specific guidance, and the Cub Scout Leader Book , No. 33221, has more information.  The advancement chair helps boys move through the ranks of Cub Scouting and transition […]

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By Boy Scouts of America
Aug 21, 2014

Ends and Endings—There Is a Difference

From the Guide to Advancement Twenty years from now it is quite likely that one of those 11 year old Tenderfoot Scouts in your troop will still be playing an important part in your life. He may be your minister, doctor, lawyer, police officer, plumber, or letter carrier. He may even be your grandson’s Cubmaster or […]

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By Bryan Wendell
Jan 27, 2014

Better Activities, Simplified Advancement Coming to Cub Scouting in 2015

Improved activities, easier-to-understand advancement and some sweet-looking handbooks — yes, Cub Scouting is about to get even better than before. After finding that current achievements are overly passive in nature, activities lack connection to the missions of Scouting and the advancement model is too complicated, the Boy Scouts of America’s volunteer task force created a new and improved Cub Scout program […]

By Darryl Alder
Jan 17, 2014

Guide to Advancement: It’s Not Your Old Advancement Guidelines

The first edition of the Guide to Advancement appeared in 2011.  Most Scouters thought of it as a simple replacement of the old Advancement Guidelines that had been written and rewritten many times, but this edition has been totally revamped. In 2013 the second edition was released, but only after many Scouters had contributed, both volunteers […]

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By Dave Olpin
Jun 11, 2013

The carrot or the stick?

There are basically two means of motivating a group to accomplish a purpose- –the carrot, or the stick. Having served in the military for several years, I understand readily the difference. Under fierce combat conditions often the only discipline that will drive a man to do his duty in the face of death is the […]

Search and Rescue is one of Scouting's newest merit badges
By Utah National Parks Council
Jun 04, 2013

New merit badges

For more than a century, merit badges have introduced Scouts to adventure pursuits, service opportunities, and career paths. This year, we built on that tradition by introducing the kayaking, Search and Rescue, and Welding merit badges. Kayaking Kayaking is America’s fastest growing paddle sport, offering gentle fun on lakes and white-knuckled excitement on whitewater. The BSA […]

Eagle Scout Merit Badges
By Mat Greenfield
Apr 14, 2013

Embracing New Year’s Goals that have No Eternal Consequences (and that’s the point)

We have lots of long-term goals for our young men—advancing in the Priesthood, making temple covenants, serving an honorable full-time mission, etc. Many of these have eternal consequences. In contrast, Scouting provides the opportunity for young men to explore goal-setting, primarily through the advancement program, with little or no long-term consequences. The desire to accomplish goals is an internal […]