Advancement Overview
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Every Scouting activity moves 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 youth fulfill the aims of the BSA.



In 2015 the BSA acquired Scoutbook, the revolutionary web app that makes tracking advancement easier and faster. Scoutbook is a Scout's advancement book in the cloud and is directly connected the BSA’s new database. This means more time for leaders and Scouts to enjoy those life-changing experiences they can’t get anywhere but Scouting. Our Council Board strongly believes that Scoutbook can make a dramatic difference in a unit’s program and has chosen to pay for and provide the subscription for each Scouting unit. This subscription allows the unit to track and record advancements directly in the BSA’s National Database, upload photos and videos, send messages to scouting families, plan events and track activities. We encourage all our units to utilize this powerful tool.

THIS WILL NOT GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL SCOUTBOOK LITE IS RELEASED. Effective (some future date), 2018 our Council will no longer be accepting hand written advancement reports or advancement reports from 3rd party software. In April the current Internet Advancement platform will be retired and will be replaced with Scoutbook (full version) or Scoutbook lite (free version) to record and report advancement. Our Council provides the full version for all units. Reports from Scoutbook/Scoutbook lite will be required to purchase advancement. Units that wish to continue to use 3rd party software must upload the CSV file into Scoutbook lite, and then provide the purchase order from Scoutbook lite in order to purchase advancement.

     Scoutbook memo to Unit Leaders

     Scoutbook Infographic (How Scoutbook Changes Advancement)

     Scoutbook Training PDF for Council Units


Cub Scout Advancement Resources (National)


Boy Scout Advancement Resources

     National Boy Scout Program Advancement Resources

     Youth Merit Badge Requirements

     How to Complete a Blue Card for a Merit Badge


     Eagle Scout Resources

          Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

          Eagle Scout Service Project Process

          Eagle Scout Rank Application

          Eagle Scout Rank Application Process

          Unit Assignments for District/Council Eagle Coordinators

          Eagle Court of Honor Recommendations


     Merit Badge Counselors (MBC)          

          Glacier's Edge Council Merit Badge Counselor Policies

          A Guide for Merit Badge Counseling

          Merit Badge Counselor Application

          BSA Adult Application (use position code 42 and attach copy of Youth Protection Certification)

          Council Policy on Merit Badges that require Special Certifications

          How do I Know if I'm registered as a Merit Badge Counselor


     Merit Badge Clinics

          Council Merit Badge Clinic Policies & Application Form

          Merit Badge Clinic/Group Instruction Guide

          Reporting Merit Badge Counseling Concerns


Venturing Advancement Resources (National)


Special Awards

     Religious Emblems Program

     Guide to Awards and Insignia

     Super Nova Awards (National)

     Super Nova Mentor Application


Council Advancement Committee

     Council & District Rosters with Eagle Coordinators

     Questions, E-mail:

     Council & District Advancement Data & Key Performance Indicators


Glacier's Edge Council - Boy Scouts of America - 608-310-7300