Advancement is an integral part of the Scouting program which provides recognition for individual effort and accomplishment, as well as a measure of acquired proficiency in basic skills. Advancement is a three- part obligation of:
  • The Scout to take the initiative and to work;
  • The parents to encourage excellence;
  • The adult leaders of the Troop to provide guidance and opportunity.
Requirements for advancement are described in the Boy Scout Handbook and other Scout literature. Both Scout and parent should be thoroughly familiar with the requirements. The Scoutmaster, Advancement Chairman, and other adult leaders as well as the Scout leadership can answer questions about getting started on the "Eagle Trail."


Merit badges are an integral part of advancement for ranks above First Class. Merit badges are important for the Scout to learn new skills, to work outside the normal Troop meeting with an adult counselor, and to present what he has done. Some weekly meeting programs and most of the planned monthly outings include counselors and opportunities for working toward and passing off merit badge requirements. Prior and outside preparation is required. Requirements for earning merit badges include the following steps to be taken by the Scout.
  • Get approval from the Scoutmaster prior to beginning work on a merit badge. This is done by obtaining a merit badge "blue card" and asking the Scoutmaster to sign it.
  • See the Advancement Chair about possible merit badge counselors who are registered for the desired badge.
  • Obtain the desired merit badge book and become familiar with the requirements of the badge. The Troop has a limited supply of merit badge books which may be checked out from the Troop Librarian. Some are old and out of date. Be sure to check the book date to insure it is the current version.
  • Before beginning any requirements for the badge, contact the assigned merit badge counselor to get his agreement to be your counselor and to get any instructions he may have for completion of requirements to his satisfaction.
  • Successfully complete all the requirements to the satisfaction of the designated counselor and have the him sign and date the merit badge card. Prior to presenting the merit badge card to the counselor for signature, the Scout should enter in ink his name & address, troop, district, council, counselor name & address, and name of merit badge into the appropriate spaces on the card. The Scout should leave all dates blank. Dates are entered by the Scoutmaster or counselor when signing.
  • Present the completed merit badge card to the Scoutmaster for his second signature and tune in to the Advancement Chair for processing.
  • Scouts below First Class will need special permission before starting a merit badge.

A Scout coming before an Advancement Board of Review should be thoroughly familiar with what was done for the rank applied for, including merit badge work completed for the rank. He he must be in proper and complete Official Scout Uniform. Boards of Review are normally held before the  meeting of each Monday.

A scout who is ready to advance and wants to be scheduled for a Board of Review must do the following:
  1. Insure that all requirements have been completed.
  2. Request a Board of Review Worksheet from the Advancement Chair.
  3. Ask the Scoutmaster for a "Scoutmaster Conference." It is advisable to give him at least a week's notice.
  4. Ask the Board of Review Coordinator to schedule a Board of Review for you. He will also need at least a week's notice 
A scout who is appearing before a Board of Review must do the following:
  1. Wear his proper and complete Official Scout Uniform with merit badge sash.
  2. Bring his Boy Scout Handbook
Rank advancements, merit badges, and most other awards will be presented as soon as practicable after being earned, approved, certified, and registered. They also will be recognized at the next Court of Honor.