Tag Archives: advancement

By Darryl Alder
Mar 01, 2017

Why Guide to Advancement is the Best Source on Policy

Recently, the Troop Leader’s Guidebook, Volume II was released with an error under ‘Alternative Merit Badges for the Eagle Scout Rank’ on page 156. It stated: “3. The candidate must complete as many of the requirements of the required merit badges as his ability permits.” This is an incorrect statement and will be corrected in the next […]

By Boy Scouts of America
Jan 20, 2017

Eighty-three Have Earned Venturing Summit Award

Since the creation of the Summit Award only two years ago, 83 intrepid Venturers have earned Venturing’s pinnacle award, which is similar to that of the Eagle Scout rank for Boy Scouting or the Quartermaster Award for Sea Scouting. To attain the Summit Award, each Venturer must first work their way up through the prerequisites […]

By Ali Mohammad
Oct 03, 2016

Online Ordering of Scouting Advancement Awards Now Available

Effective immediately, leaders in the Utah National Parks Council who have completed their online internet advancement can order their advancement awards through our online order form and have them shipped directly to their house or pick them up at their local Council Service Center just in time for their pack meeting or court of honor. […]

By Annaleis Smith
Aug 23, 2016

Mechanics of Advancement in Cub Scouting

This article will take a quick look at the mechanics of advancement in Cub Scouting. Think of it as “How-To Advance in Cub Scouting.” Most of the information was taken directly from the BSA’s Guide to Advancement.  I have added a few notes and re-worded a few things. I hope this will help you understand the basics of how a […]

By Maloree Anderson
Jul 25, 2016

Cub Scouts with Special Needs

During the 2016 University of Scouting, I attended a class that focused on Cub Scouting with special needs. The class was taught by Deann Torsak, whose son has high functioning autism (Aspergers). She introduces herself as someone who does not have any formal special needs training through education; she does, however, have experience through co-managing a special […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 22, 2016

Scoutbook: Managing Advancement—And Soon, So Much More!

When BSA announced its acquisition of Scoutbook in April 2015, it stated “Scoutbook expands Scouting’s presence in the digital space and helps the organization connect with its leaders and members when, where, and how they prefer.” In its Bryan on Scouting “Blog for BSA’s Adult Leaders,” Scouting magazine has called Scoutbook a “revolutionary web app […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 09, 2016

Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program

This is part two of the online Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position Specific Training. Other sessions include: Varsity Scouting, a Tool for the Quorum Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program The Captain and the Five Fields of Emphasis Making an Annual Plan Executing the Annual Plan Planning Team Meetings Planning Team Events Aims of Varsity Scouting The aims […]

By Darryl Alder
Jun 02, 2016

The Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position-Specific Training

This is part one of the online Varsity Vision—Team Coach Position Specific Training. Other sessions include: Varsity Scouting, a Tool for the Quorum Aims of Scouting and the Varsity Scout Program The Captain and the Five Fields of Emphasis Making an Annual Plan Executing the Annual Plan Planning Team Meetings Planning Team Events When Varsity Scouting launched, I […]

By Utah National Parks Council
Apr 06, 2016

Utah National Parks Council 2015 Annual Report

The Utah National Parks Council would like to present its 2015 Annual Report. The purpose is to communicate the impact that Scouting has in Utah. You will find interesting facts, where the money goes and highlights, along with membership numbers and how the Council is funded. Check it out! or click HERE to download the printable PDF. […]

By Annaleis Smith
Mar 29, 2016

Cub Scout Purposes – Personal Achievement

Cub Scout Purposes – In a continuing series we are taking a look at some of the reasons WHY Cub Scouting is important and relevant as well as HOW we achieve those purposes. This week’s article will discuss the concept of Personal Achievement – (Click on links below to read about the other purpose of Cub […]

By Boy Scouts of America
Dec 30, 2015

Preparing for the New Boy Scout Rank Requirements

BSA’s 411 Program Updates are nearly all in place except for Boy Scouting, which makes its final changes in January 2016. Of course, the first things you will notice are the new rank requirements. These were introduced last May but take full effect on January 1st ; Scouts joining on or after Jan. 1, 2016 MUST use the new requirements. Boys […]

By Darryl Alder
Nov 25, 2015

A Board of Review Can be Scary

Thinking back to my Boards of Review, I remember always being apprehensive. Not that I had not done the work—I had—but it was so intimidating to get in front of adults you hardly knew and then have them fire questions at you. The worst one, however, was my Eagle Review. It was at the Council […]

By Pualani Graham
Oct 22, 2015

Things Are a Changin’—Transitioning to the 2016 Boy Scout Requirements

The new 2016 Boy Scout Requirements are coming and WE ALL need to be ready for them.  I have been contemplating the best way to get the word down to each individual unit.  I’ve tried a couple of things, including contacting the District Advancement Chairs in each district.  And then I sent an email out […]

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 […]

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 […]