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Scouts BSA Advancement

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.

Scouts BSA Advancement

Scouts BSA provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. Youth in Scouts BSA plan their advancement and progress at their own pace as they meet each challenge. The Scout is 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.

Scouts BSA Advancement and Awards – Access Scouts BSA 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.

Merit Badge Requirements – View the official listing of merit badge requirements.

Walter J. Schuchmann Leadership Award – Apply for award given by the Indianapolis Veterans Day Council to honor the achievements of Walter J. Schuchmann—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 the strong leadership abilities of Scouts. This award honors a youth in Scouts BSA 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 30.

Refer to the Guide to Advancement for the most current advancement policies, procedures, and resources.

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