The Boy Scouts of America provides recognition for Scout achievements. The
advancement program allows Scouts to progress from rank to rank.
A fundamental purpose of advancement is the self-confidence a young man
acquires from his participation in a troop.
Requirements serve as the basis for a Boy Scout's rank advancement. The
four steps to advancement are learning, testing, reviewing, and
Many Scouts have been introduced to a lifelong hobby or rewarding career
through the merit badge program. Merit badges help Scouts develop physical
skills, social skills, and self-reliance.