Advancement is the process by which a boy progresses from badge to badge, learning new skills as he goes. This is a big part of what Scouting is about.


The Cub Scout advancement program is designed to encourage the natural interests of a boy in a natural way. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting has its own requirements. As a boy advances through the ranks, requirements are progressively more challeging, matching the increased skills and abilities of a boy as he grows older.Advancement is one of the methods used to achieve Scouting’s aims--character developmezenship training, and personal fitness. Everything a Cub Scout does to advance is designed to achieve these aims and aid in his personal growth.


Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self -reliance and in the ability to help others.


Any male Venturer who has achieved the First Class rank as a Boy Scout in a troop or Varsity Scout in a team may continue advancement toward the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks up to his 18th birthday. He must meet the requirements as prescribed in the official Boy Scout Handbook and the current Boy Scout Requirements book. The Venturer may fulfill leadership requirements by serving as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, quartermaster, historian, den chief, or guideof his crew, or as boatswain, boatswain’s mate, yeoman, purser, or storekeeper for his ship.