Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank.
Every Scout activity moves a youth toward three basic aims: character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness. Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout leaders to help Scouts fulfill the aims of the BSA.
Refer to the Guide to Advancement for the most current advancement policies, procedures, and resources.
Cub Scout Advancement
The Cub Scout advancement program is designed to encourage the natural interests of a boy. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting (Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light) has its own requirements. As a boy advances through the ranks, requirements get progressively more challenging, matching the increased skills and abilities of a boy as he grows older.
Cub Scout Learning Library - Access Cub Scouting tools, including detailed information on the Cub Scout advancement program and requirements.
Boy Scout Advancement
Boy Scouts provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
Boy Scout Advancement and Awards - Access Boy Scout specific resources, requirements and forms.
Eagle Scout Resources - Learn about the steps required to earn the Eagle Scout rank and find resources for service projects and recognitions.
The Walter J Schuchmann Leadership Award is awarded by the Indianapolis Veterans Day Council to honor the achievements of Walter Schuchmann. He was the highest-ranking civilian at Fort Benjamin Harrison, very active with the Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the Indianapolis Veterans Day Council. Mr. Schuchmann always believed in strong leadership abilities in the Boy Scouts. This award honors a Boy Scout from the Crossroads of America Council who has demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities. This award is presented at the Veterans Day Banquet typically held on November 11 of each year. Nominations are due by September 30th. Please click here to download the nomination form.
Boy Scout Merit Badge Program
There is more to merit badges than simply providing opportunities to learn skills. There is more to them than an introduction to lifetime hobbies, or the inspiration to pursue a career—though these invaluable results occur regularly. It all begins with a Scout’s initial interest and effort in a merit badge subject, followed by a discussion with the unit leader or designated assistant, continues through meetings with a counselor, and culminates in advancement and recognition. It is an uncomplicated process that gives a Scout the confidence achieved through overcoming obstacles. Social skills improve. Self-reliance develops. Examples are set and followed. And fields of study and interest are explored beyond the limits of the school classroom.
Merit Badge Requirements - View the official listing of merit badge requirements.
The Venturing award series is designed to help Venturers grow in adventure, leadership, personal growth, and service. The Venturing awards program has four levels:
Venturing Achievement Awards, including Ranger, Quest, and TRUST, can also be earned by interested participants.
Venturing Awards - Learn more about awards available within the Venturing program.