Awards & Advancement

Reference material about some of the awards and recognitions available to Boy Scouts.

Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures

This book helps council and district advancement committees understand and implement the advancement programs and procedures of the Boy Scouts of America. Regardless of the structure in a council or a district, advancement must be promoted, as detailed in this book, to achieve a successful program in the lives of youth members.

Centennial Recruiter Patch
Boy Scouts can earn a new Centennial Recruiter patch by recruiting a boy into their troop this fall.

Conservation Good Turn

The Conservation Good Turn is an opportunity for Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews to join with conservation or environmental organizations (federal, state, local, or private) to carry out a conservation Good Turn in their home communities.

2010 Rank Requirement Changes

The centennial edition of the Boy Scout Handbook will soon be available, and with the new handbook come several rank requirement changes that will be in effect as of January 1, 2010. A Scout should complete the requirements he is working on, and when he advances to the next rank he should then begin using the new requirements.

Early Rank Requirements

This series of videos (which may also be downloaded as podcasts) demonstrate how to fulfill each and every requirement for the first three ranks of Boy Scouting.

Scouts Can Invite Friends Electronically

A new feature is available to Scouts and leaders to help a Scouts complete the new First Class requirement that states he must invite a friend to a troop meeting or activity.

Eagle Scouts

To earn the Eagle Scout rank, the highest advancement rank in Scouting, a Boy Scout must fulfill requirements in the areas of leadership, service, and outdoor skills.

You can post this sign at the location of your Eagle Scout leadership service project. Fill in the details with a marker, and you and your unit will have instant community recognition. The sign measures 26” X 16” and comes with a collapsible frame. Item No. 32104, available from

The BSA Ready & Prepared Award

The BSA Ready & Prepared Award was developed to encourage and reward Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews that incorporate safe practices while enjoying challenging activities.

Keep America Beautiful

The Hometown U.S.A. Award is a joint program between Keep America Beautiful Inc. (KAB) and the Boy Scouts of America. It is designed to give recognition to the outstanding efforts of Scouts in their communities in regard to citizenship and environmental improvement.

Emergency Preparedness BSA

Emergency management, emergency preparedness, and disaster services are common throughout the United States—we take care of each other. By whatever name, these activities encompass mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery related to any kind of disaster, whether natural, technological, or national security. Emergency preparedness means being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, able to respond in time of crisis to save lives and property, and to help a community—or even a nation—return to normal life after a disaster occurs.

To Be Physically Fit

Two important challenges in preparing youth for the 21st century—particularly in today's increasingly automated and sedentary culture—are physical fitness and good health. Every adult leader for the year 2002 should set the example and contribute directly to the health and fitness of today's Scouts by completing requirements for the BSA Physical Fitness Award.

Introduction to Merit Badges

You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 100 merit badges. Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. You don't need to have had rank advancement to be eligible.

Religious Emblems Programs

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed religious emblems programs.

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. Check with your local council service center or contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets.

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Hornaday Silver Medal William T. Hornaday Awards

The goal of this awards program is to encourage and recognize outstanding efforts in natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

International Recognitions

Insignia and awards are available to show your involvement in the world Scouting movement.

U.S. Army Certificate of Recognition

Department of the Army Headquarters, US Army Recruiting Command Office of Advertising & Public Affairs Fort Knox, KY 1 February 2001 Scout...

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace is an awareness of our impact on the environment that teaches us to respect the rights of other users of the outdoors as well as future generations.