Colorful New Guide to Awards and Insignia Replaces Obsolete Version 

The BSA has published a colorful, 112-page Guide to Awards and Insignia, which is now available in Scout shops. It replaces the 2009-10 Insignia Guide, which is now obsolete. The new guide, No. 33066, includes official policy related to insignia and uniforms, as well as guidelines for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, and adult leaders.

Additionally, it offers chapters on training awards, Scouting honors and special recognitions, universal and non-unit insignia, religious emblems, and flags. It also includes a quick reference guide to knots and a special chapter on awards guidelines for district and council committees.

Internet Advancement

Internet Advancement, the online service for units submitting youth member advancement, has been enhanced with a number of important new features, including:   

  • Youth Protection Training (YPT) completion date: The last YPT completed date from the person record, if any, is displayed on the Unit Roster report. The course code is included based on the unit program type.   
  • View Previous Advancement Reports: This new feature provides access to the list of reports submitted for the unit. Units now have self-service access to each prior report that was submitted.   
  • Academic and Sports Belt Loops: Cub Scout packs may enter and submit the dates for the awards that have been earned by pack members. This feature is available by multiple person entry and individual entry.   
  • Tiger Cub rank: Cub Scout packs may enter completion of the Tiger Cub rank for members who earned the award as a Tiger Cub but did not have it entered in their records.   
  • Each time an “Eagle-required” merit badge is displayed on screen or in a report, it will be marked with an *asterisk.   
  • When ranks and badges are uploaded from third-party software, a new matching report will show the names of members who were matched or not matched.