Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank and is the method by which we promote and encourage the ongoing involvement and commitment that keeps members coming back. It works best when it is built into a unit’s program so that simply participating leads to meaningful achievement and recognition—and to a continually improved readiness for more complex experiences.
Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. It is one of several methods designed to help unit leadership carry out the aims and mission of the Boy Scouts of America.
Scoutbook is the BSA web app that makes tracking advancement easier and faster. Scoutbook is a Scout’s advancement record in the ‘cloud’ and is directly connected to the BSA National advancement database. This means more time for leaders and Scouts to enjoy those life-changing experiences they can’t get anywhere but Scouting. We strongly encourages all our units to utilize this powerful tool. Scoutbook strengthens every unit scouting program by enhancing leadership efficiently for tracking and recording advancements, uploading photos and videos, sending messages to scouting families, planning events and tracking activities.