Also see the separate FAQ page for each program level, in the menu to the right.
New Merit Badge Counselor Information Form
A new Merit Badge Counselor Information sheet, No.34405WEB, released in February, is now available online at www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/34405.pdf. This user-friendly, fillable-PDF form will enhance the entire merit badge process for unit leaders, parents, and most of all, Scouts. Although at first glance it may appear similar to its predecessor, the new form affords more space for gathering vital information such as Youth Protection training, email contact information, and up to three telephone numbers. There is also more room for individuals to list the specific qualifications they have to counsel a particular badge. The back of the form now provides both general and specific information on the program to counselors and unit leaders, with special emphasis on Youth Protection and useful references for additional information. By providing more information, the new form can help councils and districts create more comprehensive and more detailed merit badge counselor lists. This in turn can provide unit leaders with a better tool for matching Scouts to the best counselor for a given badge.
What is Advancement?
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.
Education and fun are functions of the Scouting movement, providing the basis of the advancement program. Advancement in the Boy Scouts of America emphasizes the growth a young person experiences as a result of participation in unit programs.
What resources are available?
Most Cub Scout advancement questions are answered in the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos handbooks or the Cub Scout Leader Book. The new Guide to Advancement (#33088) may also be helpful.
Most Boy Scout advancement questions are answered in the Boy Scout Handbook or the Scoutmaster Handbook. Rank and merit badge requirements are listed in the latest edition of the Boy Scout Requirementsbook. The new Guide to Advancement (#33088) may also be helpful.
Most Venturing advancement questions are answered in the Venturer Handbook.
There are many Scouting resources related to youth with disabilities. Scouting for Youth with Physical Disabilities, Scouting for Youth with Learning Disabilities, Scouting for the Blind and Visually Impaired, A Guide to Working with Boy Scouts with Disabilities to name a few.
In your unit, den leaders, Cubmasters, Scoutmasters, and Venturing crew advisors are likely to have information on advancement. Unit, or district advancement chairs, unit commissioners, or district Eagle Scout coordinators are also able and happy to assist you with any questions. Their contact information should be available on your District web page.