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.
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.
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.
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:
BSA Guide to Advancement (downloadable PDF) - NEW 2021 Version
Unit Advancement Records Retention Recommendations
Cub Scout Advancement Resources
Scouts BSA Advancement Resources:
Eagle Scout Resources:
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
Application Checklist & Responsibilities Matrix for Applicant, Unit Leader and Unit Committee Chair
Eagle Court of Honor
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)
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
Merit Badge Clinics:
Venturing Advancement Resources
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]
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 & District Advancement Data & Key Performance Indicators - 2019 End of Year Data
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
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