Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. Scouts plan their own advancement and progress at their own pace as they meet each challenge. Scouts are recognized and rewarded for each achievement, which helps them gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank and is the method by which we promote and encourage the ongoing involvement and commitment that keeps members coming back for more. It works best when it is built into a unit’s program so that simply participating leads to meaningful achievement and recognition—and to a continually improving readiness for more complex experiences.
Internet Advancement allows you to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges and perform the following actions:
Select members from your existing roster
Review, update, or add ranks, merit badges, and/or awards
Access an online Review Unit Roster feature and the Unit Advancement Summary
Print an Advancement Report with a Unit Awards Summary to assist in purchasing
When you upload your unit’s advancement information through Internet Advancement, your updated information is synced to your Scouts’ membership records with the Boy Scouts of America’s database (usually within 48 hours). This is the database of record that the national organization will use to cross-check your Scouts’ information when/if they apply for the rank of Eagle Scout.