Scouts BSA Advancement and Awards

Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. Scouts in troops plan their advancement and progress at their own pace as they meet each challenge. The Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps them gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

Troop Advancement Resources

Special Opportunities for Scouts in Troops

In addition to rank requirements and merit badges, Scouts may earn a number of other badges and awards.

Hiking Awards 

Conservation Awards

Aquatic Emblems

Other Awards and Emblems


For additional information, contact your district advancement chair.