Advancement

TEMPORARY Advancement rules for Cubs, Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Sea Scouts

Temporary Advancement Rules for Cubs, Scouts BSA, Venturers, and Sea Scouts can be viewed here.

TEMPORARY Time extension for Eagle, Summit or Quartermaster ranks

Effective immediately through September 30, 2020, local Councils may grant a three‐month time extension if a youth working on his/her Eagle, Summit, or Quartermaster rank is delayed beyond their 18th/21st birthday solely by circumstances caused by COVID‐19. The Pacific Skyline Council delegated responsibility for approving these extensions to the Council Advancement Committee.

Please complete this form and submit it to Brian Boggs, Council Advancement Chair, and copy your District Advancement Chair:

TEMPORARY Procedure to submit Eagle Scout rank application, statements of ambitions and life purpose, and Eagle Scout Project Workbook
During the Shelter-at-Home Order, the following will be our Eagle binder submission procedure.
 

1) Ensure all Eagle Rank requirements have been completed and your application is completed in full.

2) Submit your Eagle Rank Application, statements of ambitions and life purpose, list of leadership positions held and honors and awards received, and Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (including supporting documents and photographs), as separate .pdf files with your last name, first initial and document name as the file name; i.e., Smith J Eagle Application.pdf. Eagle Rank items uploaded to other sites for subsequent download will not be considered.

3) Email all materials to David.You@Scouting.org by the 1st day of each month, to be included in that month’s boards of review. Please copy your District Advancement Chairman in the same email, names are listed below.

  • Always include a second adult on every email, very important for Youth Protection policies.

4) You will be contacted by your District Eagle Board Chairman, contact info below.

Ordering Advancement items

In an effort to protect our community, we are available for online orders only. To order, please follow these steps:

1. The Unit Leader emails the Advancement report to NDCSupply.Orders@Scouting.org. (Please include a contact phone number for our Customer Service team to contact for payment.)

2. A Customer Service team member will contact the Unit Leader for credit card information, shipping and billing information, along with verifying the correct Council and Advancement.

3. Advancement orders will be shipped to the individual placing the order.

Note: Due to COVID-19 adjustments, we are currently shipping to the 48 contiguous United States. We will continue to monitor conditions and resume shipping to Alaska and Hawaii when the current Shelter in Place restrictions are lifted.

Got questions on how to approach Advancement during COVID-19?

Lots of other questions answered here (goes to National BSA’s website)

Recording Unit Advancement Data in the BSA National Database

After a Scout has done the hard work to earn her/his next rank or merit badge or other award, it is important to record that achievement in the BSA National database. This can be done in one of two ways: (1) if your unit is using ScoutBook to track advancement, this recording is ‘automatic’ as long as ScoutBook is properly utilized; or (2) the recording can be done using the on-line Internet Advancement 2.0 feature found under the Legacy Tools menu at the my.scouting.org website.

If your unit is using the Internet Advancement method, this can only be done by someone assigned the role of “Unit Advancement Chair,” an assignment that is made annually by one of the Unit Key 3 in the my.scouting.org “Organization Security Manager.” This role (as are all other roles) must be reassigned each year (even if the same person is fulfilling the role) as the prior year’s assignments are cleared at the time the unit’s recharter is posted.

Detailed instructions for recording unit advancement data through either method can be found at help.scoutbook.com.

2020 Merit Badge Requirement Update

January 1, 2020

Scouts BSA rank and merit badge requirements are in the 2020 Scouts BSA Requirements Book (33216). As our Scout Shops are closed, please consult the following resource for merit badge requirement changes.  http://usscouts.org/usscouts/advance/changes/advchanges20.asp

Changes to the following Merit Badges have been made: American Business, American Heritage, Animal Science, Athletics, Bugling, Chemistry, Cooking*, Crime Prevention, Environmental Science*, geology, Kayaking, Model Design and Building, Painting, Personal Fitness*, Reading, Rifle Shooting, Safety, Space Exploration, Sustainability*, Traffic Safety, and Whitewater.  (*Required for Eagle Rank)

Merit Badge Counselor Lists

As a reminder, the list of approved Merit Badge Counselors is now maintained electronically via ScoutBook in the Pacific Skyline Council.

Updated 6/30/20

In accordance with BSA’s Guide to Advancement 7.0.2.0, access to web-based Merit Badge Counselor Lists is restricted to Scouts BSA unit leaders and selected unit assistants with merit badge related responsibilities. An important part of the Merit Badge program requires the Scout to discuss his/her interest in earning a merit badge when obtaining a ‘Blue Card’ from the unit leader. The unit leader then recommends a merit counselor to the Scout from names on the electronic list. This ensures that the counselor is properly approved, registered, and his/her Youth Protection Training is current. In addition, access to these lists shall be limited as the lists contain personal information about each Merit Badge Counselor. For these reasons, access to web-based Merit Badge Counselor lists is limited to designated individuals in each unit and printed/electronic copies must not be produced or distributed because merit badge counselor privacy cannot be maintained and the lists may not be current as Scoutbook updates can occur at any time.

Advancement is an integral part of a quality program, helping young people make commitments to achieve higher goals while building character in the process.

Internet Advancement 2.0

For those units who are not using Scoutbook, the proper tool to quickly input advancement data is Internet Advancement 2.0 (previously known as Scoutbook Lite). This capability replaced the previous Internet Advancement platform, which was retired on June 10, 2019 (for all programs except Exploring). Internet Advancement 2.0 features a clean user interface and is optimized to whatever device you use: desktop, tablet or smartphone. It can be accessed by persons assigned the role of “Unit Key 3”, “Unit Key 3 Delegate”, and “Unit Advancement Chair”, roles which are assigned through the Organization Security Manager at the my.scouting.org web site. These users can access Internet Advancement 2.0 via one of the following links using their my.Scouting.org login at any of these portals:

The BSA IT team continues to add additional features on a regular basis. Updates and new features will be communicated as they are implemented.

Questions?

Visit http://help.scoutbook.com for answers to commonly asked questions

The Advancement System of the Boy Scouts of America is intended to be an EDUCATIONAL PROCESS that will help a youth better understand and be prepared for numerous life circumstances such as religious commitment, civic responsibilities, leadership, career development, social skills, values, personal ethics, etc. The requirements become more detailed and sophisticated as the youth matures. This is the same experience a young person has as he goes through the educational system in school.

There are strict guidelines that BSA has set forth that need to be followed. In normal circumstances, a boy should do what is required, no more, no less. If the topic piques the boy interest, he will on his own do more than what is required.

As adults, it is our obligation not to shortchange a youth’s education or development of skills by allowing shoddy or incomplete work. Please allow a boy to LEARN by requesting that he fulfill all requirements. “All requirements” includes the very important show Scout Spirit which means the boy is living the Scout Oath and Law in his every day life!!

How to Order Advancement Items While Scout Shops are Closed
  • Unit Leader will email in the Advancement report to NDCSupply.Orders@scouting.org
  • Please include contact phone number so the Customer Service team member can contact you for payment.
  • Customer Service Rep will contact Unit Leader for credit card information, ship to and bill to address, and verify the correct Council along with the actual advancement needed.
  • Customer Service team will send via FedEx all original reports to the Council’s Registrar once a week.