Scouting is the ultimate form of learning by doing.  Boy Scouts explore their interests and improve their skills while working toward Scouting’s highest rank: Eagle.  By first imagining, planning then doing their own service projects, Boy Scouts learn the value of hard work, and experience the thrill of seeing it pay off.
The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge.
  A Scout advances from Tenderfoot to Eagle by doing things to complete requirements with his patrol and troop, with his leaders, and on his own.  Boy Scout advancement applies four steps:
  1. The Scout learns.
  2. The Scout is tested.
  3. The Scout is reviewed.
  4. The Scout is recognized.
  Guidance.  BSA’s guidance to administering boy scout advancement can be found in the Guide to Advancement – Mechanics of Advancement: In Boy Scouting
Advancement requirements.  Current information on advancement, including an overview of the advancement program, and the most current requirements for each rank and special opportunity can found at this link: Advancement and Awards
Merit badges.  The merit badge program is an integral part of boy scout advancement, with more than 135 Merit Badges that provide the ultimate form of learning by doing.  The Merit Badge Program section provides important information and resources for counselors, leaders, and scouts.  
Eagle rank.  The pinnacle of Boy Scout advancement is earning the rank of Eagle.  The Information and Resources for Life to Eagle Advancement section provides important information and resources to assist leaders, Scouts, and parents.  
Additional Resources
  • Alternative rank requirements.

1)  Please read BSA’s guidance to requesting alternative requirements found at this link {click here}.

2)  Please read the council’s policies and procedures that apply to a request for alternative requirements, Section 2.1.  {click here}.

3)  The Scout’s unit must submit a request for alternative rank requirements by discussing and completing an Individual Scout Advancement Plan, No 512-936, available under the Advancement heading at this link {click here}.