Advancement Overview
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. Every Scouting activity moves youth toward four aims: character development, citizenship training, leadership, and mental and physical fitness. Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout leaders to help youth fulfill the aims of the BSA.

Corona Virus / COVID-19: Advancement Guidance (in COVID-19 FAQ)    Restart Scouting: Checklist


Scoutbook is the BSA web portal that makes tracking advancement easier and faster. Scoutbook is a Scout's advancement record directly connected to the BSA National advancement database. This means more time for leaders and Scouts to enjoy those life-changing experiences they can only get from Scouting. The Glacier's Edge Council 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.                       Scoutbook Training

     Advancement Approvals in Scoutbook - updated


Internet Advancement 2.0

Internet Advancement 2.0 (IA2) is for units not using Scoutbook to report awards (including merit badges) and advancement to the Council.

     Internet Advancement 2.0 Resources         Log onto IA2 via: = Menu > Legacy Web Tools


Purchasing Advancement Awards

Reports from Scoutbook or IA2 are required to purchase advancement-related awards.  In accordance with National Council recommendations, Glacier's Edge Council Scout Shop is no longer accepting hand written advancement reports or advancement reports generated by 3rd party software. 

Units that continue to use 3rd party software can upload a TXT file to IA2 (contact your software provider to confirm the format is compatible with IA2) and then provide the purchase order/advancement report from IA2 in order to purchase advancement-related awards (including merit badges).

Units who currently use other forms of advancement tracking (e.g., spreadsheets or paper) must enter all advancement and awards into IA2 and then provide the purchase order/advancement report from IA2 in order to purchase advancement-related awards (including merit badges).


Unit Advancement Resources:

     Unit Advancement Responsibilities                         Every Unit Needs an Advancement Coordinator/Chair

     BSA Guide to Advancement  (downloadable PDF) - NEW 2021 Version

     Unit Advancement Records Retention Recommendations

     Advancement News (National)

     BSA Adult Application [attach Youth Protection Training (YPT) certificate]


Cub Scout Advancement Resources

Cub Scout Program / Awards (National)

List of Adventures to be retired on May 31, 2022


Scouts BSA Advancement Resources:

     Scouts BSA Program Advancement Resources (National)

     Merit Badge Requirements (National)

     How to Complete a Blue Card for a Merit Badge

    Eagle Scout Resources:

Council Life-to-Eagle Process Flow Chart

Eagle Projects

Council Eagle Scout Service Project Process                    Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (National) - Current Version

Eagle Project Idea Generator (NESA)                               Boy's Life Eagle Scout Project Showcase

Eagle Scout Service Project Request (on-line form) - for Beneficiaries

Glenn and Melinda Adams Eagle Scout Service Project of the Year Award (ESSPY) - Applications due annually by Jan 21

Eagle Application / References / Board of Review

Council Eagle Scout Rank Application Process                    Eagle Scout Rank Application (National) - Current Version

Application Checklist & Responsibilities Matrix for Applicant, Unit Leader and Unit Committee Chair

Council Eagle Rank Application Reference Process               Eagle Reference Request Letter Template

Eagle Court of Honor

Eagle Court of Honor - Council Recommendations


The COVID-19 Eagle extension process ended December 31, 2020.  All Eagle extension requests must follow the the new BSA process that gives Councils the authority to grant limited time extensions.

Council Implementation Process for Eagle Extensions - January 2021

2021 NEW Eagle Extension Process: see BSA Guide to Advancement under Unit Resources above

     Merit Badge Counselors (MBC):      

          Council Merit Badge Counselor Registration/Approval Process (a list of MBCs approved by the Council is available on Scoutbook)

A Guide for Merit Badge Counseling (National)

Merit Badge Counselor Application [attach BSA Adult Application (see Unit Resources above) for Position Code 42]

Council Policy on Merit Badges that require Special Certifications - Nov 2021: includes Citizenship in Society

How do I Know if I'm registered as a Merit Badge Counselor?

How do I find Merit Badge Counselors on Scoutbook?

     Merit Badge Clinics:

Council Merit Badge Clinic Policies & Application Form

Merit Badge Clinic/Group Instruction Guide (National)

Reporting Merit Badge Counseling Concerns


Venturing Advancement Resources

Venturing Awards / Advancement (National)


Special Awards:

     Council/District Awards Approval Process

     Awards Central (National)

     Religious Emblems Program (National)

     Guide to Awards and Insignia (National)

     Super Nova Awards (National)

     Council Nova Counselor / SuperNova Mentor Registration Process

          Nova Counselor:  use BSA Adult Application (see Unit Resources above) for Position Code 58

          Super Nova Mentor Application [attach BSA Adult Application (see Unit Resources above) for Position Code 52]


Advancement Education

Advancement Presentations (National)


Council Advancement Committee:
The Advancement Committee meets the 4th Wednesday in January-May and August-October.
Items for consideration should be submitted to the Council Office or the e-mail below by close of business on the Friday before the meeting.

     Council Advancement Responsibilities                         District Advancement Responsibilities

     Building Effective Advancement Committees              District Advancement Chair Roles & Responsibilities

     Council/District Eagle Representative Roles & Responsibilities

     Council & District Advancement Data & Key Performance Indicators - 2019 End of Year Data

     Advancement Chairs:

          Indian Trails:                   Todd Praneis                         Scoutbook Champion:           Volunteer needed

          Mohawk:                         Volunteer Needed               Eagle Representatives:          Bob Qauckenboss

          Wisconsin River:             Darcy Berlin                          Conservation Awards:            Volunteer needed

          Yahara:                            Leo Cross                             STEM/NOVA Awards:             Volunteer needed

          Glacier's Edge Council:    Ed Elder                                Religious Awards:                  Volunteer needed

     Questions?  E-mail:


Glacier's Edge Council - Boy Scouts of America - 608-310-7300