Advancement Educational Presentations

PowerPoint Presentations—for group instruction or individual review

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Today’s Advancement

The one-day, “Today’s Advancement” course provides new and experienced unit, district and council advancement administrators in-depth education regarding the management of advancement according to the Guide to Advancement. The course has been structured to allow district and council advancement chairs to provide this education locally, on schedules which best fit council and district operations.

The education covers such topics as management of unit advancement programs, building advancement committees, available advancement education materials, mechanics of advancement, coordinating positions of responsibilities, the Merit Badge program, boards of review, Eagle Scout applications, the Eagle Scout Service Project, and other important advancement topics. Download PowerPoint Presentation

Cub Scout Advancement: Delivering Adventure

This presentation provides new and prospective pack advancement coordinators with the basic knowledge and skills needed to get started, and can serve as a refresher to others. Participants will learn about the Cub Scouting advancement process, related BSA national policies and procedures, and gain a better understanding of how to improve the quality and rate of advancement. The updated Cub Scout program effective June 1, 2015, is also covered. The session takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the experience of those attending. Download PowerPoint Presentation

Developing Council and District Advancement Committees

This presentation is intended to guide advancement chairs and committee members on how to build high-performing advancement committees at the unit, district, and council levels. It defines the roles, responsibilities, and organization of these committees and explains how to evaluate their effectiveness. This presentation is intended to be instructor-led and should take approximately 45 to 60 minutes including introductions, and up to 90 minutes with questions and answers. Download PowerPoint Presentation

The Eagle Scout Service Project Coach

This PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes is designed for Eagle Scout service project coaches who have been designated by councils or districts to provide guidance to Scouts whose service project proposals have been approved. It delivers the basic knowledge and skills needed to get started. It can also serve as a refresher for veterans. It is intended as an instructor-led presentation to project coaches of any experience level and takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Download PowerPoint Presentation

The Eagle Scout Service Project

This presentation, for unit leaders, advancement administrators, Scouts and parents, addresses the process and requirements for proposing, conducting, and reporting on Eagle Scout Service Projects It is intended as an instructor-led presentation and takes 45 to 60 minutes; up to an hour and a half with questions and answers. Download PowerPoint Presentation

Effective Troop Advancement

This presentation provides new and prospective troop advancement coordinators and troop advancement committee members with the basic knowledge and skills needed to get started. It can also serve as a refresher to veterans. Participants will learn about the advancement process, their unique role in it, and the related BSA national policies and procedures. The session is intended to be instructor-led and lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes depending on the experience level of those attending. Download PowerPoint Presentation

Essentials in Serving Scouts With Disabilities

This presentation provides leaders and parents with the basic knowledge and skills needed to work with Scouts who have disabilities. Depending on the user’s experience level, this session should take less than 60 minutes to complete. Download PowerPoint Presentation, Download Presenter’s Notes

The Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling

This PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes covers the required procedures for merit badge counseling, clarifies the role of counselors in the BSA advancement program, and discusses the appropriate approaches to use in working with Scouts. It is intended as an instructor-led presentation to counselors of any experience level and takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Download PowerPoint Presentation

The Merit Badge Program

This presentation, for unit leaders, merit badge counselors, advancement administrators, and parents, addresses the merit badge program and it’s benefits to Scouting. It includes the procedures for earning merit badges, merit badge counselor qualifications, the process of counseling, necessary counselor certifications and limitations, and administration of the merit badge counselor program. It is intended as an instructor-led presentation to counselors of any experience level and takes 45 to 60 minutes; up to an hour and a half with questions and answers. Download PowerPoint Presentation

Getting the Most From Internet Advancement

"Getting the Most From Internet Advancement" is a PowerPoint slide show with speaker notes and a FAQ sheet produced by volunteers for volunteers. Designed to be a 60- to 90-minute instructor-led presentation, it guides participants through methods to make effective use of the Internet Advancement software. Councils may add slides providing local particulars and contact information. Please note that the previously posted presentation, "Getting the Most From Internet Advancement" is undergoing revision and is not currently available.

Including Scouts With Disabilities

This PowerPoint presentation with speaker's notes provides leaders and parents with the basic knowledge needed to implement the advancement plan with Scouts who have disabilities. Topics include: documenting a disability, registration beyond the age of eligibility, alternative advancement requirements, the individual Scout achievement plan, scenarios in working with Scouts who have special needs, and resources available at www.scouting.org.
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Videocasts

Guide to Advancement Overview

Converted from a PowerPoint presentation to video format with voice-over, this presentation provides further insight into one of the most critical publications produced by the BSA National Advancement Program Team. This file may be opened and viewed on your computer or downloaded for later viewing or for presentation at a roundtable, university of Scouting, or other gathering. The intent is to provide a better understanding of how BSA advancement policies and procedures should be interpreted and implemented.

  1. Introduction to the Guide to Advancement (10 min.) Download, View Now
  2. Judgment Calls (24 min.) covering the "active," position of responsibility, and Scout spirit requirements, and also "reasonable expectations." Download, View Now
  3. Boards of Review (15 min.) Download, View Now
  4. Boards of Review Under Disputed Circumstances (6 min.) Download, View Now
  5. Boards of Review Appeals (4 min.) Download, View Now
  6. The Eagle Scout Application Process (8 min.) Download, View Now
  7. Eagle Scout Boards of Review (4 min.) Download, View Now

Videos

Why Advancement?

In this series of videos, individuals give testimony about the quality of their Scouting experience and how advancement was important in their personal growth. The clips were filmed during the National Advancement Committee's 2014 conference, “Increasing Advancement by Delivering Excellence,” at the Philmont Training Center and feature the following:

Guardian of the Gate

View National Advancement Advisory Panel member Darnall Daley reading his article, “Guardian of the Gate.” The piece has appeared in Advancement News and is considered by the National Advancement Team to be the most accurate accounting of the proper approach to advancement. Click here to view the video.

On Increasing Advancement

On Increasing Advancement, as presented by the National Advancement Committee at the BSA National Annual Meeting, May 2013, Grapevine, TX.