Guide to Advancement 2011
BSA Mission Statement
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 boys 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 boys fulfill the aims of the BSA.”
Policy on Unauthorized Changes to Advancement Program
No council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to
add to, or subtract from, advancement requirements. There are limited
exceptions relating only to youth members with disabilities. For details
see section 10, “Advancement for Members With Special Needs.”
Mandated Procedures and Recommended Practices
This publication clearly identifies mandated procedures with words such as
“must” and “shall.” Where such language is used, no council, committee,
district, unit, or individual has the authority to deviate from the procedures
covered, without the written permission of the national Advancement Team.
Recommended best practices are offered using words like “should,” while
other options and guidelines are indicated with terms such as “may” or
“can.” Refer questions on these to your local district or council advancement
chairs or staff advisors. They, in turn, may request interpretations and
assistance from the national Advancement Team.
The Guide to Safe Scouting Applies
Policies and procedures outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting,
No. 610138, apply to all BSA activities, including those related
to advancement and Eagle Scout service projects.