Advancement & Awards

Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. Scouts plan their own advancement and progress at their own pace as they meet each challenge. Scouts are recognized and rewarded for each achievement, which helps them gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

BSA Guide to Advancement

The definitive source for the mechanics of advancement across all Program levels. Always consult the Guide when questions arise regarding rank advancement, boards of review, merit badges, the path to Eagle and more.

Internet Advancement 2.0 Reporting

Unit-level tools for online recording of a youth’s individual progress through the ranks. The BSA continues to improve it’s online reporting capability. Leaders must go through their to get to IA 2.0.

Eagle Scout Rank

The award is a performance based achievement whose standards have been well-maintained over the years. Not every Scout who joins a Scouts BSA troop earns the Eagle Scout rank; only about 5 percent of all Scouts do so. This represents more than 1.7 million Scouts who have earned the rank since 1912. Nevertheless, the goals of Scouting—citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness—remain important for all Scouts, whether or not they attain the Eagle Scout rank.


NESA Awards

Youth Award

Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year

The National Eagle Scout Association established the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams National Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (ESSPY) to recognize valuable service of an exceptional nature by an Eagle Scout candidate to a religious institution, a school, community, or other entity through completion of an Eagle Scout project.

Examples of projects that have been selected for the ESSPY include projects that have benefited underprivileged children, recognized veterans, been international in nature, and have required significant time and resources. The selection of recipients begins at the local level and is conducted through the PTAC NESA committee. Submissions are due by January 21st, 2022. Anyone can submit the nomination including the Eagle Scout themselves.

Submit form to Sean Gertsch at

Adult Award

NESA Outstanding Eagle Scout

The NOESA recognizes those Eagle Scouts who have inspired others through their actions and have devoted a lifetime to their profession, avocation, community, and beliefs, at great sacrifice to themselves and their families. The award recognizes notable Eagle Scouts who have either performed distinguished service at the local, state, or regional level or who were known nationally for their professional and scouting achievements.

Nominations are due by 5pm on December 3, 2021. The award will be presented as part of the Youth Recognition Dinner on March 5, 2022.

Submit form to Sean Gertsch at

Merit Badge Counselors, Nova Counselors & Supernova Mentors

A merit badge counselor serves as both a teacher and mentor as Scouts work on a merit badge. In one way, he or she is an examiner. In a larger sense, the counselor uses this opportunity for coaching—helping Scouts overcome the hurdles of the different requirements and making Scouts aware of the deeper aspects of the subject from their knowledge and experience. Because of these unique opportunities to serve Scouts, volunteering as a merit badge counselor is one of the most gratifying experiences for adults in Scouting today.


Council Advancement Committee

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Advancement Webinars

Hosted by the Council Advancement Committee

Special Needs Scouting – ADHD. May, 2023 – Click Here

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Special Needs Scouting – Autism. April, 2023 – Click Here

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Advancement Scoutbook. March, 2023 – Click Here

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Life-to-Eagle Seminar. September, 2022 – Click Here

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Seizure First Aid Course. August, 2022 – Click Here

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Scoutbook and Advancement. June, 2022 – Click Here

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STEM / NOVA Awards. February, 2022 – Click Here

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