Advancement Overview


National BSA has released a new Eagle Service Project workbook, that is required of all Eagle candidates starting January 1, 2012. View the Eagle Scout section of the web site for further details.

Thirteen New Cub Scout Activity Pins and Belt Loops in 2010
In 2010, there were 13 new belt loops and pins as part of the Cub Scout Academics and Sports program. It has been more than 10 years since new topics have been added to the program, which is supported by the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide, No. 34299. Look for the new blue cover on this new edition, available for sale in stores and online at For more information.

Looking for information on Eagle Scouts, Internet Advancement, or other Special Awards and Recognitions? Please refer to the tabs on the left side of this page.

Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

Advancement Resources
Age Requirement Eligibility
Rank Advancement for Venturers
Boy Scout Joining Requirements
Cub Scout Advancement
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Pins
Tenderfoot Rank Requirements
Second Class Rank Requirements
First Class Rank Requirements
Alternate Requirements
Star Rank Requirements
Life Rank Requirements
Eagle Rank Requirements
Eagle Scout Rank Alternate Requirements
Eagle Scout Rank Application
Eagle Palms
Selecting Leadership Service Projects
Introduction to Merit Badges
Merit Badge Requirements
Merit Badge Library
Other Advancement Resources

Special Opportunities
Boardsailing BSA
Den Chief Service Award
50-Miler Award
Firem'n Chit
Historic Trails Award
Interpreter Strip
Kayaking BSA
Leave No Trace
Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards
Mile Swim BSA
Paul Bunyan Woodsman
Religious Emblems
Scuba BSA
Snorkeling BSA
Totin' Chip
William T. Hornaday Awards
World Conservation Award

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