National Advancement Updates


Save the Date: University of Scouting

Several advancement-related courses will be offered during the December 5 University of Scouting event at the Randolph Middle School.

Program Updates – 2015 and Beyond

The next two years promise to be exciting for Scouting as all three of our traditional programs are being updated based on several years of volunteer-led research and development. National resources can be found at Program Updates. Here is an overview of the 2014-2016 program changes.

Advancement News

Advancement News is the official e-letter of the Boy Scouts of America national Advancement Team. Its intent is to support and clarify procedures found in the Guide to Advancement, announce various changes and updates in advancement, and to assist advancement committees in making decisions that can help increase the rate of advancement. Latest issue, archive.

Advancement Educational Presentations

New Guide to Advancement

We follow BSA’s official source for administering advancement, the Guide to Advancement. (You can access the current BSA website or download the 2015 edition as pdf.) For situations not specifically covered in that document, we make decisions based on the aims and mission of the Boy Scouts of America,  the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and common sense. 

Boy Scout Program Resources

2015 Program Changes Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
The Merit Badge Program and Blue Card instructions
2015-2016 Transitioning to the 2016 Boy Scout Requirements
Webelos & Arrow of Light Required Adventures...Preparation for Boy Scouts
Cub Scout Program Updates for Boy Scout Leaders

Cub Adventure Program Resources

NEW Cub Scout Leader Position-Specific Training
2015 Program Changes Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts
The New Cub Scout Adventure Program for 2015–2016
Bryan on Scouting, Jan 17 Webcasts
2015-2016 Cub Scout Program FAQs, 3/6/15 Update
Cub Scout Connections: Finding Common Themes in the New Cub Scout Adventure Program
The purpose of this guide is to show the connections and common themes among Adventures across ranks to encourage the continuation of pack-level and multi-age programming as well as assist in the planning of events such as camping/outdoor programs and belt loop events.
Webelos & Arrow of Light Required Adventures...Preparation for Boy Scouts

Cub Scout Program Updates for Boy Scout Leaders

Unit Eagle Mentor and Coach Training

Traditionally, knowledgeable unit leaders often work with Life Scouts as informal Eagle Mentors to encourage and advise Eagle candidates on their trail to Eagle. New Eagle advancement procedures encourage each Eagle candidate to work with a trained and approved Eagle Coach to support his Eagle Service Project. The Patriots' Path Council Advancement Committee recommends that unit leaders review the attached Eagle Mentor Training material (powerpoint and pdf), as preparation for both the broader Eagle Mentor and project-focused Eagle Coach roles.

Council Advancement Committee Responsibilities

The council advancement committee and the 6 district advancement committees are responsible for implementing and facilitating advancement and processing most special awards and recognitions.  This is done according to national procedures and local practices under the direction of the council executive board.  The council advancement committee falls under the vice president for program.  


The council committee’s members include the chair, the chairs of the 6 district advancement committees, and several members-at-large.  These volunteers represent a breadth of experience, both in Scouting and professionally.   They cooperate with the other program function elements— outdoor programs, activities and civic service, and training—and also with the membership, finance, and unit-service functions.  The committee is supported by a council professional staff advisor.


For information regarding national procedures and local practices for advancement, opportunities for advancement training, our annual merit badge workshop and our newer belt loop bonanza, click on the links on this page.



What’s New in Patriots' Path Advancement
Cub Scouts
Boy Scouts
Members with Special Needs and disAbilities
Trail to Eagle Resources
Events & Learning Opportunities


Merit Badges & Counselors
Internet Advancement
Council Methods, Policies, Practices & Procedures
Advancement Team