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.

Unit Advancement Resources:

Unit Advancement Responsibilities

Every Unit Needs an Advancement Coordinator/Chair

Unit Advancement Training Presentation 

BSA Guide to Advancement 2021 (downloadable PDF

Special Needs and Disabilities Resources (National)

Unit Advancement Records Retention

Advancement News (National)

BSA Adult Application

 Youth Protection Training 


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

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.

Log onto IA2 via: = Menu > BSA Web Links

Internet Advancement 2.0 Resources

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 does not accept hand written advancement reports or advancement reports generated by 3rd party software.


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]

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

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

Advancement Chairs:

Indian Trails:           Todd Praneis                         Data Analytics:                      Christian Bayens

Mohawk:                  Paul Hutson                           Eagle Representatives:         Bob Qauckenboss

Wisconsin River:     Darcy Berlin                          Scoutbook Champion:           Volunteer needed

Yahara:                     Leo Cross                             STEM/NOVA Awards:              Volunteer needed

GEC:                          Ed Elder                               Religious Emblems:                 Volunteer needed

Questions?  E-mail: