Your Unit Advancement Team?

Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout leaders to help youth fulfill the aims of the BSA. A new or small unit could use the committee secretary as an advancement person temporarily. Eventually, the advancement team is developed by the parent leaders of the unit.

  • Additional advancement team members will give more opportunities for proper interactions.
  • Scheduling boards of review for rank advancement.
  • Delegation of record-keeping and leader interactions.

Most Packs rely on parents to submit advancement records to a designated leader. This changes to youth submitting records directly to a Troop or Crew advancement team of adult leaders. Cross over parents (Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA) needs to understand this advancement system.

The troop committee can vote in an Eagle Project subcommittee. This subcommittee should have tradesmen experience and organization skills. This will help determine the project’s feasibility and scope. The troop committee chairmen oversee all subcommittees and still signs off on approved projects.

With the introduction of Scoutbook, everyone is involved with the process. Advancement people can run reports, submit records, and acquirer badges from Scoutbook data. Leaders can check records and work with the scout on advancement needs. Parents can work with the Den Leaders on advancement.

🌐 Guide to Advancement: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/

🎬 Scoutbook? The Official Scouts BSA Online Unit Management Tool: https://youtu.be/uMdqEVgH-cM

🎬 Understanding Scout Facing or Backstage: https://youtu.be/9DHD1zcdCH0

The Scoutmaster Conference… Not Just for Rank Advancement Anymore

The Scoutmaster conference is exclusive to Troop operations. However, the concepts and policies apply to all unit leaders*. Its recommended that confidential notes be taken during the conference. A scoutmaster conference is not meant to be a retesting of scout skills. In Scoutmaster training its described as; “The conference is not a retest of the requirements upon which a Scout has been signed off. It is a forum for discussing topics such as ambitions, life purpose, and goals for future achievement, for counseling, and also for obtaining feedback on the unit’s program. “

The Scoutmaster Conference for non-rank advancement:

  • 🧩 Observed Behavior
  • 🧩 Slowing Down Advancement or Participation
  • 🧩 Addressing Issues from Other Scouts
  • 🧩 Planning Advancement or Leadership Positions
  • 🧩 More… New Scout Interview, Patrol Satisfaction, Special Updates, etc.

* More information is available in the Scouts BSA Guide to Advancement section 4.2.3.5 Unit Leader (Scoutmaster) Conference: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/mechanics-of-advancement/scouts-bsa/

🌎 Scouts BSA Guide to Advancement: https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/

🌎 Understanding the Scoutmaster conference: https://scoutingmagazine.org/2014/12/understanding-scoutmaster-conference/

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