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    Boy Scout Advancement using the

    Guide to Advancement (BS 176)

  • This Training Will Cover

    Scouting overview: mission, aims, and methods The Advancement program and its purpose The Guide to Advancement What is it? Why should I use It? Where can I find It?

    Other sources for Advancement information

  • Boy Scouts of America Mission Statement

    The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

    Guide to Advancement inside cover

  • Aims of the Scouting Program

    Character development Citizenship training Mental and physical fitness

    Every activity in Scouting should support one or more of these aims

    Guide to Advancement topic 2.0.0.3

  • The 8 Methods of Scouting Scouting ideals Patrol method Advancement Association with adults Outdoors Leadership development Uniform Personal growth

    Guide to Advancement topic 2.0.0.4

  • Four Steps in Boy Scout Advancement

    1. The Scout learns. 2. The Scout is tested. 3. The Scout is reviewed. 4. The Scout is recognized.

    Guide to Advancement topic 4.2.1.0

  • Advancement Simplified Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout Leaders to help boys fulfill the aims of the BSA Advancement is nothing more and nothing less than a method It is a means toward accomplishing the Boy Scouts of America mission It is not an end in itself

    Guide to Advancement topic 2.0.0.1

  • What is the Guide to Advancement?

    The Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs

    Guide to Advancement topic 1.0.0.0

    Definitive source for advancement policy and procedures

    Statements or interpretations offered by unofficial sources may be out of date or incorrect

    Latest version is Guide to Advancement 2013

  • About the Guide to Advancement Replaces the publication Advancement

    Committee Policies and Procedures Re-organized for easy reference Contains answers to Frequently Asked

    Questions Provides guidelines for Advancement and

    Recognition Committees Describes the mechanics of advancement in

    detail

  • About the Guide to Advancement Discusses Internet Advancement Highlights

    In short, the Guide to Advancement should be your FIRST stop for Advancement information

    Describes the Merit Badge program Covers Boards of Review Provides details on the Eagle Scout rank Provides an introduction to Advancement for

    members with Special Needs

  • Interpreting language in the Guide

    Guide to Advancement inside cover page 2

    About the Guide to Advancement

    Mandated procedures are identified with terms like must and shall No council, committee, district, unit, or individual can

    deviate from mandatory procedures without written permission from the National Advancement Team

    Likewise, No council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to or subtract from advancement requirements

  • Recommended best practices use terms like should while other options use may or can

    About the Guide to Advancement

    Guide to Advancement inside cover page 2, section 1.0.0.0

    Units can opt for other procedures but should remain true to the intent as stated in the Guide

    If you are unsure whether something is mandated or recommended, consult with an Advancement Administrator

    Advancement Administrators include Unit, District, or Council Advancement Chairs, District Executive,

    Councils Professional Staff Advisor for Advancement, and the National Advancement Team

  • Why Should I Use the Guide? The Guide is the official source for administering

    advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs

    Provides a common framework for Advancement for all Scouts

    Avoids controversy by providing solid guidance regarding Advancement policies and procedures

    Provides answers to commonly encountered situations

  • Using the Guide The Guide to Advancement can be read like a book, but is a bit dry It is best used as a reference for establishing Unit Advancement policy, and for researching questions related to Advancement

  • Using the Guide (cont.) The Guide is an excellent start, but may not always have the answer

    Guide to Advancement topic 1.0.1.0

    In situations not covered in the Guide, decisions should be based on the aims and mission of the BSA, Scout Oath and Law and common sense. Contact an Advancement Administrator if you still have questions

  • Using the Guide - Example #1 What if parents insist on attending a board of

    review?

    Guide to Advancement topic 8.0.1.0

    The Scouts parents should not be in attendance in any capacitytheir presence can change the dynamics of the discussion

    If they insist, they should be counseled that their presence can change how the Scout answers questions and that the opportunity for self reliance and courage may be lessened

    However, if they still insist, they must be permitted to attend as observers

  • Using the Guide - Example #2

    Intent of requirement based on impact we prepare young people to go forth, and make a positive difference in our American society we judge that a member is active when

    his level of activity has had a sufficiently positive influence toward this end.

    Guide to Advancement topic 4.2.3.1

    What does active participation mean?

  • Using the Guide - Example #2 (cont.)

    What does active participation mean? Three tests are applied Scout is registered Scout is in good standing Scout meets his units reasonable expectations or a

    lesser level is explained

    Guide to Advancement topic 4.2.3.1

    Alternative to test #3: The reason for falling below units activity-oriented expectations must be due to other positive endeavors or noteworthy circumstances

  • Using the Guide - Example #2 (cont.)

    There is also a mandatory policy associated with evaluating active participation

    Guide to Advancement topic 4.2.3.1

    Units are free to establish additional expectations on uniforming, supplies for outings, payment of dues, parental involvement, etc., but these and any other standards extraneous to a level of activity SHALL NOT be considered in evaluating this requirement.

  • Using the Guide - Example #3

    How can districts and councils present group instruction at merit badge events that assure Scouts actually and personally fulfill all requirements as written?

    Guide to Advancement topic 7.0.3.2

    There must be attention to each individuals projects and his fulfillment of all requirements. We must know that every Scout-actually and personally-completed them.

  • Using the Guide - Example #3 (cont.)

    Group Instructions Guidelines

    Guide to Advancement topic 7.0.3.2

    MB Counselors must be registered and approved

    Guest experts or speakers do not accept the responsibilities of, or behave as, merit badge counselors

    Counselors agree to sign off only requirements that Scouts have actually and personally completed

  • Using the Guide - Example #3 (cont.)

    Group Instructions Guidelines (cont.) Counselors agree not to assume

    prerequisites have been completed without some evidence that the work has been done.

    Guide to Advancement topic 7.0.3.2

    There is a mechanism for unit leaders or others to report concerns to a council advancement committeewhere it is believed BSA procedures are not followed.

  • Where Can I Find the Guide? The Guide to Advancement is available in hard copy at your local Scout Shop or online in both a searchable version, and a downloadable PDF file http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/ GuideToAdvancement.aspx

  • Summary Advancement is one of the eight methods used by

    Scout Leaders to help boys fulfill the aims of the BSA

    The Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs

    The Guide provides mandated procedures and recommended best practices for all facets of the Advancement Program

    The Guide should be your first stop in establishing Unit Advancement policies and researching Advancement questions

  • Resources Guide to Advancement, No. 33088 Advancement News District and Council Advancement

    Administrators National Advancement Team

    [email protected]

    Additional advancement resources and presentations are available online at: www.scouting.org/advancement

    For More Information

    Guide to Advancement topic 1.0.0.0

  • Additional Examples How should a district or council advancement committee be organized? Building an Advancement Committee,

    3.0.0.5

    What if a Cub Scout cannot complete a requirement? Do Your Best, 4.1.0.4

    Guide to Advancement FAQ

  • Additional Examples What are positions of responsibility and how are they evaluated? Positions of Responsibility, 4.2.3.4

    What if an Eagle Scout service project is not approved prior to beginning? Proposal Must be ApprovedBefore You

    Start, 9.0.2.7

    Guide to Advancement FAQ