Unit Advancement Chair
|Troop Advancement Chair|
The unit advancement chair is appointed by the committee chairman to ensure that the unit has at least monthly boards of review, quarterly courts of honor, and that the unit has goals of helping each Scout advance a rank each year and for new Scouts to reach First Class rank during their first year. The advancement chair is also responsible for record keeping and submitting advancement reports.
Unit committee position
|Team Advancement Chair|
Responsiblities set by BSA Advancement Policies
- Main: Boy Scout Advancement
- "A basic goal should be for each Scout to advance a rank during the year."
- "New Scouts should earn their First Class rank during their first year in the troop."
- Boards of Review - "When reviewed monthly by the troop committee, Scouts will recognize the importance of Scout advancement."
- "Troops should conduct boards of review for Scouts who are not advancing."
- "A minimum of four formal courts of honor a year (one every three months) should be held to formally recognize the Scouts in the troop."
- "Presentation of merit badges and rank badges should not await these courts of honor;"
- "...Awards and badges should be presented at the next meeting after they have been earned. Scouts are recognized again at a formal court of honor."
- "Each troop is responsible for keeping its own records and reporting advancement to the local council service center. This is done on an Advancement Report form."
- Encourage Scouts to advance in rank.
- Works with troop Scribe or Team Secretary to maintain all Scout advancement records.
- Arranges troop boards of review and quarterly courts of honor. (Varsity Scout team boards of reviews are conducted by the youth team secretary and courts of honor are conducted by the youth Captain.)
- Develop and maintain a merit badge counselor list.
- Make a prompt report on the correct form to the council service center when a troop/team board of review is held. Secure badges and certificates.
- Work with the troop/team librarian to build and maintain a troop/team library of merit badge pamphlets and other advancement literature.
- Report to the troop/team committee each month.
- Advancement Program Adviser on the Varsity Scout team committee.
- Advancement Program Manager, the youth Varsity Scout advancement leader.
- Varsity Scout Advancement
- Varsity Scout Ranks
|— Adult Application, No. 524-501A |
|— BSA Youth Protection training policy|
- 36 BSA Monthly Troop Programs with Troop Meeting Plans (free & online), Printed: Vol I - Vol II - Vol III - Resources
- Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) - Troop Meeting Planner - Campfire Planner - Resource Survey - Troop Committee Challenge
- Senior Patrol Leaders Handbook - Patrol Leaders Handbook - Scoutmaster Handbook - BSA Nameplates
- Applications: New Unit - Adult Application
- Fundraising, Popcorn, and the importance of Individual Youth Accounts
- Advancement - Advancement Report - First Class-First Year - Advancement Campout - Merit Badge Day - Individual Record
Online or classroom Leader Training
Youth protection (MANDATORY) – every registered adult must be re-certified every two years.
- Fast Start Training – online training you can take right now.
- Leader Specific Training – provides the specialized knowledge a new leader needs.
BSA Online Learning Center – provides a variety of materials courses.
- Other: This Is Scouting (formerly New Leader Essentials) – Roundtable – University of Scouting – Trainer’s EDGE (formerly Trainer Development Conference)
Outdoor Leader Training
In addition to fulfilling other requirements, some unit leaders need outdoor-specific training.
- Cub Scout Pack: BALOO – To have a Pack camp-out, at least one unit leader must be BALOO trained.
- Webelos Den Leaders: Outdoor Leader Skills for Webelos Leaders (OWL) – To have a Webelos Den camp-out.
- Scoutmaster & Assistants and Varsity Scout Coach & Assistants: Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills – To have a camp-out.
- Wood Badge – Advanced Leadership skills for Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturing, district and council Scouters.
- Seabadge Underway – Advanced Leadership skills for unit, district and council Sea Scouters.
Other outdoor-related links
|Official Boy Scout Forms & Resources|
|Applications & Reports:||Youth Application||Adult Leader Application||Advancement Report||Uniform Inspections|
|Training Materials:||Youth Protection Training||Safe Swim Defense||Safety Afloat||New Leader|
|Online Training:||Youth Protection Training||Safe Swim Defense||Safety Afloat||New Leader|
|Other Guides:||Boy Scout Requirements||Insignia Guide||Scouting Terminology||Leave No Trace|
|Permit Applications:||Permission Slip||Local Tour Permit||National Tour Permit||Unit Money-Earning|
|Medical Exam Forms:||Annual Health and Medical Record 34605||other forms…|
See: Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures #33088 © 1989, 2007 Printing