Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank in the Scouting program. Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. Everything done to advance and earn these ranks, from joining until leaving the program, should be designed to help the young person have an exciting and meaningful experience. Advancement is one of several methods designed to carry out the Aims and Mission of the Boy Scouts of America. Advancement for Montana Council youth is governed by the current BSA Guide to Advancement. Current versions are available for download from the National Council’s advancement resources page linked at the bottom of the page. Each unit in our Council is encouraged to have a copy of this essential guide close at hand!
Education and fun are functions of the Scouting movement, and they must be the basis of the advancement program. A fundamental principle of advancement in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting and Venturing is the growth a young person achieves as a result of his/her participation in a unit program.
Advancement is not officially recognized until it has been submitted to the Council on an advancement report. Advancement reports may be picked up in either a Council Service Center or they can downloaded from scouting.org. Advancement can only be recognized for youth registered in the unit at the time the report is processed.
Any question about advancement can generally be answered in the BSA’s Guide to Advancement or through many of the other advancement resources found at the National Council’s resource page.