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Guide to Advancement

Advancement

Advancement is a key component of the Scouting program. Advancement is designed to be age-appropriate for the youth eligible to participate in it. Ranks form the foundation for the experiences; they are established and authorized by the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and described in the various member handbooks. The advancement program is administered by a combination of adult and youth leaders, with young people taking more responsibility as the members progress. The role of parents also differs with member age and ability, but parents are encouraged to be engaged at all levels. Browse the menu on the left under Advancement to see the pages about Eagle Scouts, Merit Badge Counselors, and more.