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 four aims: character development, citizenship training, leadership, 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.


Unit Advancement Resources:

Corona Virus / COVID-19: Advancement Guidance (in COVID-19 FAQ)

Unit Advancement Responsibilities                         Every Unit Needs an Advancement Coordinator/Chair

Unit Advancement Training Presentation (30 min) - includes updates from 2021 Guide to Advancement

BSA Guide to Advancement 2021 (downloadable PDF)

Special Needs and Disabilities Resources (National)

Unit Advancement Records Retention Recommendations

Advancement News (National)

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


Scoutbook is the BSA web portal that makes tracking advancement easier and faster. Scoutbook is a Scout's advancement record directly connected to the BSA National advancement database. This means more time for leaders and Scouts to enjoy those life-changing experiences they can only get from 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.                       Scoutbook Training

Advancement Approvals in Scoutbook

Internet Advancement 2.0

Internet Advancement 2.0 (IA2) is for units not using Scoutbook to report awards (including merit badges) and advancement to the Council.

Log onto IA2 via: = Menu > BSA Web Links

Internet Advancement 2.0 Resources

Purchasing Advancement Awards

Reports from Scoutbook or IA2 are required to purchase advancement-related awards. 

In accordance with National Council recommendations, Glacier's Edge Council Scout Shop does not accept hand written advancement reports or advancement reports generated by 3rd party software.


Cub Scout Advancement Resources

Cub Scout Program / Awards (National)

List of Adventures to be retired on May 31, 2022


Scouts BSA Advancement Resources:

Scouts BSA Program Advancement Resources (National)

2022 Rank Requirement Modifications 

Merit Badge Requirements (National)

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge is now required for the Eagle rank. 

How to Complete a Blue Card for a Merit Badge

Eagle Scout Resources:

Council Life-to-Eagle Process Flow Chart

Eagle Projects

Council Eagle Scout Service Project Process                    Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (National) - Current Version

Eagle Project Idea Generator (NESA)                               Boy's Life Eagle Scout Project Showcase

Eagle Application / References / Board of Review

Council Eagle Scout Rank Application Process                    Eagle Scout Rank Application (National) - NEW CiS version

Application Checklist & Responsibilities Matrix for Applicant, Unit Leader and Unit Committee Chair

Council Eagle Application Electronic Submission Process

Council Eagle Rank Application Reference Process               Eagle Reference Request Letter Template

Eagle Court of Honor

Eagle Court of Honor - Council Recommendations


Council Implementation Process for Eagle Extensions - January 2021 Request for Extension of Time Form No. 512-077 (National) Appeal of Extension Request Denial Form No. 512-077a (Nataional)

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 (National)

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

Citizenship in Socitey Merit Badge Counselor Application Checklist (attach to MBC Application)

Council Policy on Merit Badges that require Special Certifications - includes Citizenship in Society

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 (National)

Reporting Merit Badge Counseling Concerns


Venturing Advancement Resources

Venturing Awards / Advancement (National)


Special Awards:

Council/District Awards Approval Process

Awards Central (National)

Religious Emblems Program (National)

Guide to Awards and Insignia (National)

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]

Glenn and Melinda Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (ESSPY) - Applications due annually by Jan 21


Advancement Education

Advancement Presentations (National)


Council Advancement Committee:

The Advancement Committee meets the 4th Wednesday in January-May and August-October.
Items for consideration should be submitted to the Council Office or the e-mail below by close of business on the Friday before the meeting.

Council Advancement Responsibilities                         District Advancement Responsibilities

Building Effective Advancement Committees              District Advancement Chair Roles & Responsibilities

Council/District Eagle Representative Roles & Responsibilities

Council & District Advancement Data -

Advancement Chairs:

          Indian Trails:                   Todd Praneis                         Data Analytics:                      Christian Bayens

          Mohawk:                         Paul Hutson                           Eagle Representatives:         Bob Qauckenboss

          Wisconsin River:             Darcy Berlin                          Scoutbook Champion:           Volunteer needed

          Yahara:                            Leo Cross                             STEM/NOVA Awards:              Volunteer needed

          Glacier's Edge Council:    Ed Elder                               Religious Emblems:                 Volunteer needed

Questions?  E-mail:


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