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.



Scoutbook is the BSA web app that makes tracking advancement easier and faster. Scoutbook is a Scout's advancement record in the 'cloud' and is directly connected to the BSA National advancement database. This means more time for leaders and Scouts to enjoy those life-changing experiences they can’t get anywhere but Scouting. The Glacier's Edge Council strongly encourages all our units to utilize this powerful tool.  Scoutbook strengthens every unit scouting program by enhancing leadership efficiently for tracking and recording advancements, uploading photos and videos, sending messages to scouting families, planning events and tracking activities.

ONCE SCOUTBOOK LITE IS RELEASED, Glacier's Edge Council will no longer accept hand written advancement reports or advancement reports generated by 3rd party software.  Reports from Scoutbook/Scoutbook Lite will be required to purchase advancement-related awards. Units that wish to continue to use 3rd party software will need to upload a CSV file into Scoutbook Lite, and then provide the purchase order/advancement report from Scoutbook Lite in order to purchase advancement-related awards.

     Scoutbook Infographic (How Scoutbook Changes Advancement)

     Scoutbook Training


Unit Advancement Resources:

     Unit Advancement Responsibilities

     BSA Guide to Advancement  (also available as a downloadable PDF)

     BSA Adult Application [attach Youth Protection Training (YPT) certificate]

      Free Rank Badge Program


Cub Scout Advancement Resources (National)


Scouts BSA Advancement Resources:

     Scout Program Advancement Resources (National)

     Merit Badge Requirements (National)

     How to Complete a Blue Card for a Merit Badge

    Eagle Scout Resources

          Council Eagle Scout Service Project Process

          Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

          Council Eagle Scout Rank Application Process

          Eagle Scout Rank Application

          Council Eagle Rank Application Reference Process

          Eagle Reference Request Letter Template

          Eagle Court of Honor Recommendations

          2019 Eagle Scout Temporary Transition Rules (National)

     Merit Badge Counselors (MBC)          

          Council Merit Badge Counselor Registration/Approval Process (a list of MBCs approved by the Council is available on Scoutbook)

          A Guide for Merit Badge Counseling

          Merit Badge Counselor Application [attach BSA Adult Application (see Unit Resources above) for Position Code 42]

          Council Policy on Merit Badges that require Special Certifications

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

How do I find Merit Badge Counselors on Scoutbook?

     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:

     Council/District Awards Approval Process

     Awards Central (National)

     Religious Emblems Program

     Guide to Awards and Insignia

     Super Nova Awards (National)

     Council Nova Counselor / SuperNova Mentor Registration Process

          Nova Counselor:  use BSA Adult Application (see Unit Resources above) for Position Code 58

          Super Nova Mentor Application [attach BSA Adult Application (see Unit Resources above) for Position Code 52]


Advancement Educational Presentations (National)


Council Advancement Committee:

     Council Advancement Responsibilities

     District Advancement Responsibilities

     Council & District Advancement Data & Key Performance Indicators

     Advancement Chairs:

          Indian Trails:                   Todd Praneis

          Mohawk:                         Josh Rubin

          Wisconsin River:             Darcy Berlin

          Yahara:                            Dan Maahs

          Glacier's Edge Council:    Ed Elder

     Questions?  E-mail:


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