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.

parents eagleGuide to Advancement Advancement Educational Presentations:

Why Advancement?  In this series of videos, individuals give testimony about the quality of their Scouting experience and how advancement was important in their personal growth. The clips were filmed during the National Advancement Committee’s 2014 conference, “Increasing Advancement by Delivering Excellence,” at the Philmont Training Center and feature the following:

“On Increasing Advancement” is a series of videos from a presentation at the 2013 National Annual Meeting by members of the National Advancement Committee. The individual segments cover:

Guardian of the Gate:  View National Advancement Advisory Panel member Darnall Daley reading his article, “Guardian of the Gate.” The piece has appeared in Advancement News and is considered by the National Advancement Team to be the most accurate accounting of the proper approach to advancement. Click here to view the video .

“Getting the Most From Internet Advancement” is a PowerPoint slide show with speaker notes and a FAQ sheet produced by volunteers for volunteers. Designed to be a 60- to 90-minute instructor-led presentation, it guides participants through methods to make effective use of the Internet Advancement software. Councils may add slides providing local particulars and contact information. Download PowerPoint Presentation , Download Presenter’s Notes PDF , Download FAQ PDF

merit badgesThe Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling (English and Spanish) This PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes covers the required procedures for merit badge counseling, clarifies the role of counselors in the BSA advancement program, and discusses the appropriate approaches to use in working with Scouts. It is intended as an instructor-led presentation to counselors of any experience level and takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete.Download PowerPoint Presentation , Download Presenter’s Notes

Merit Badge Counselor Information

Reporting Merit Badge Counseling Concerns

Effective Troop Advancement (English and Spanish): This presentation provides new and prospective troop advancement coordinators and troop advancement committee members with the basic knowledge and skills needed to get started. It can also serve as a refresher to veterans. Participants will learn about the advancement process, their unique role in it, and the related BSA national policies and procedures. The session is intended to be instructor-led and lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes depending on the experience level of those attending.Download PowerPoint Presentation , Download Presenter’s Notes

Including Scouts With Disabilities:  This PowerPoint presentation with speaker’s notes provides leaders and parents with the basic knowledge needed to implement the advancement plan with Scouts who have disabilities. Topics include: documenting a disability, registration beyond the age of eligibility, alternative advancement requirements, the individual Scout achievement plan, scenarios in working with Scouts who have special needs, and resources available at
Download PowerPoint Presentation , Download Presenter’s Notes

Individual Scout Achievement Plan

EagleCourtOfHonorGuide to Advancement and Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Overview

Converted from PowerPoint presentations to video format with voice-over, these presentations provide further insight into the two most critical publications produced by the BSA national Advancement Team. The files may be opened and viewed on your computer or downloaded for later viewing or for presentation at a roundtable, university of Scouting, or other gathering. The intent is to provide a better understanding of how BSA advancement policies and procedures should be interpreted and implemented.


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Author: Boy Scouts of America | Advancement and Awards

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