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August/September 2013

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Conference on Education for Advancement Administrators at Sea Base; Advancement Educational Presentations Updated
  • On Increasing Advancement: Encouraging Advancement and the Journey to Excellence
  • From the Guide to Advancement: After the Scout Is Tested
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: Eagle Scout Service Projects—Individualization vs. Standardization
  • Cub Scout Angle: The Valuable Den Chief (Part I)
  • Merit Badges—Enhancing Our Youth's Competitive Edge: Blue Card Changes; Programming and Sustainability Merit Badges Launched
  • Eagle Issues: Eagle Project Proposal Approval: Keep it Simple, Make it Fast; National Eagle Scout Association Questionnaire Now Part of ESRA
  • The Venturing Perspective: Continuing Boy Scout Advancement in a Venturing Crew
  • From the Field: Webelos Scout Resident Camp: Perseverance Pays Of
  • Awards and Recognition: New Commissioners Award of Excellence in Unit Service Now in Effect
  • The Survey Says!: Advancement in Camp
  • What Do You Think? Merit Badges Earned at Fairs or Midways—Coming Next Week
  • Helpful Links: Access advancement materials through here.
  • A Peek Ahead: What's in Store for October

June/July 2013

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Guide to Advancement 2013 to Be Featured at Philmont
  • On Increasing Advancement: 2013 National Jamboree Offers Advancement Opportunities
  • The Cub Scout Angle: Webelos Scouts and Boy Scout Camporees
  • From the Guide to Advancement: Merit Badge Emphasis
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: Maintaining Up-ToDate Merit Badge Counselor Lists
  • Merit Badges—Enhancing Our Youth's Competitive Edge: Robotics Merit Badge Support; Sustainability to be Released at National Jamboree; Councils Receive Welding Merit Badge Support; Cooking Merit Badge Changes
  • Eagle Issues: Eagle Scout Letters of Recommendation
  • The Venturing Perspective: Multiple Credit for Venturers
  • From the Field: Ceremonial Props Inspire
  • From the Archives: November 2011: Cub Scout Advancement Likely Underreported (Updated with recent data)
  • Special Necessities: Merit Badges and Scouts with Special Needs
  • The Survey Says!: Your Feedback Makes a Difference
  • A Peek Ahead: What's in Store for August/September

May 2013

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Advancement Videocast Library Now Available Online; Advancement Issues and Solutions Conference; Mechanics of Advancement Conference
  • On Increasing Advancement: New Pamphlet Explores Methods of Improving Rate of Advancement
  • Merit Badges—Enhancing Our Youth's Competitive Edge: Cleveland Firm Creates Welding Merit Badge Video Library; Improvements to Merit Badges—A Continuing Process; Merit Badge Counselors: The Jamboree Needs You!
  • Cub Scout Angle: The Pack Committee, Advancement, and the Journey to Excellence
  • From the Guide to Advancement: Announcing the Guide to Advancement 2013; What Is an Appeal?; Scoutmaster Conference Myths Reprised
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: New Merit Badge Counselor Application Available Online
  • From the Field: A 30-Second Conversation
  • Eagle Issues: A Scout's View of a Denied Eagle Rank
  • What Do You Think?: Camp-Earned Merit Badges

April 2013

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: New Advancement Educational Presentations Posted; The Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling Training; Philmont Conference for Experienced Advancement Volunteers and Professionals; Philmont Mechanics of Advancement Conference Set for August; Report from the Sea Base and the CEAA
  • On Increasing Advancement: Orienting New Boy Scout Parents
  • Cub Scout Angle: Cub Scout Camping Opportunities
  • From the Guide to Advancement: Eagle Scout Service Project Safety
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: The Patrol Method Applied to Organizing an Advancement Committee
  • From the Field: "I Did It Myself"
  • Merit Badges—Enhancing Our Youth's Competitive Edge: Game Design Merit Badge Released; Merit Badge Midway at Jamboree Needs You!
  • Awards and Recognition: Nova Awards and BSA Advancement
  • What Do You Think?: Earning Merit Badges at Camp
  • From the Archives: November 2011: Active Participation and Applying the "Third Test"
  • A Peek Ahead: Topics Planned for May

February 2013

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: New Advancement Educational Presentations Posted; New Case Study–Based Conference for Experienced Advancement Volunteers and Professionals; Mechanics of Advancement Conference Set for Philmont in August
  • On Increasing Advancement: Initiating Discussions on Best Practices; 2013 Boy Scout Requirements, No. 33216, Released
  • Cub Scout Angle: Presenting Advancement Recognition
  • What's the Procedure?: Council Summer Camp Merit Badge Program (Part 2)
  • Eagle Issues: Proposal Approval Process Allows Quick-Response Eagle Projects; Improved Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Released; The Eagle Scout Challenge
  • From the Field: Superstorm Sandy Leaves an Impression
  • Merit Badges—Enhancing Our Youths' Competitive Edge: Involving the Community in Merit Badge Experiences; Merit Badge Revisions—An Ongoing Process; Merit Badge Midway at Jamboree Needs You!
  • Special Necessities: Registering Scouts With Special Needs
  • What Do You Think?: Advancement Educational Opportunities
  • From the Archives: Correction to June/July 2012 Advancement News
  • A Peek Ahead: Topics Planned for March

January 2013

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: New Educational Presentations to Be Released; Last Chance: Sea Base Conference on Education for Advancement Administrators; New Advancement Issues and Solutions Conference Scheduled for Philmont Training Center
  • On Increasing Advancement: How Advancement Committees May Reach Out to Units; "On Increasing Advancement" Publication Released
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: Council Advancement Committee Positions (Awards and Recognition Chair and Religious Emblems Coordinator)
  • What's the Procedure?: Council Summer Camp Merit Badge Program (Part 1)
  • Eagle Scout Issues: Avoiding Delays in Requests for Extension of Time to Earn Eagle Scout Rank; Attention Council Eagle Processors: Credentials Now Produced in Charlotte
  • From the Guide to Advancement: Merit Badge "Blue Card" Revised
  • Merit Badges—the Competitive Edge: Jamboree Merit Badge Midway Needs You!
  • Awards and Recognition: The Scout Law and Cybersafety/Cyberbullying
  • The Venturing Perspective: Advancement Tracks for Sea Scouts
  • What Do You Think?: Improving Advancement News
  • A Peek Ahead: Topics Planned for February

November 2012

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Conference on Education for Advancement Administrators at Sea Base
  • On Increasing Advancement: Using the Numbers
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: Advancement Committee Position Descriptions (Eagle Scout Issues Coordinator and Special Needs Scouting Specialist)
  • The Cub Scout Angle: The Pack Committee Role in Advancement
  • The Venturing Perspective: Bronze Award— Halfway to Expert
  • What's the Procedure?: Cooking Merit Badge Required for Eagle; New Sustainability Merit Badge a Required- for-Eagle Option; One Oath and Law for All Programs
  • From the Guide to Advancement: Multiple Advancement Credit for One Activity
  • Merit Badges: What's New?: Centennial Historic Merit Badges Are Now History
  • What Do You Think?: Eagle Scout Project Beneficiary Brochure
  • A Peek Ahead: Topics Planned for December/January

October 2012

  • Introducing the Guide to Advancement
  • The New Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
  • On Increasing Advancement: Unnecessary Barriers
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: Committee Size Makes the Difference
  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Advancement and a Week in the Florida Keys— Jan. 16–21, 2012
  • The Cub Scout Angle: The Inverted Percentage
  • The Venturing Perspective: Sea Scout Procedures Covered in Guide to Advancement
  • Eagle Issues: Who Hears National Eagle Scout Rank Appeals?
  • Merit Badges—What's New?: Chess Merit Badge Rollout, and Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force Takes Shape
  • What Do You Think: Survey Questions for October 2011

August/September 2012

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Advancement Educational Presentations Coming Soon; National Advancement Committee Presentation Video Available; Conference on Education for Advancement Administrators
  • On Increasing Advancement: Advancement for the Lone Scout; Emphasizing Progress to First Class
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: Advancement Committee Position Descriptions (Camping Committee and Outdoor Program Liaison and Records Keeper)
  • The Cub Scout Angle: Fall "To Do" List - Summer Housekeeping and Handbooks
  • From the Guide to Advancement: Service Projects - at the Core of Scouting
  • What's the Procedure?: Multiple Rank Advancements and Boards of Review
  • Merit Badges—What's New?: Search and Rescue; Resources for New Merit Badges; Hiking Merit Badge: The One-Day, 20-Mile Hike
  • Awards and Recognition: Messengers of Peace; Cyber Chip Update
  • The Venturing Perspective: Promoting Venturing Advancement
  • Special Necessities: Challenges With Advancement
  • What Do You Think?: Guide to Advancement and Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Revision Survey
  • A Peek Ahead: Topics Planned for October

June/July 2012

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Last Chance for Philmont Advancement Training; Sea Base Course to Unveil New Advancement Training; Advancement Team Now on Twitter
  • On Increasing Advancement: Making the Case for Reporting Advancement; Adopt-a-School
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: Advancement Committee Position Descriptions
  • The Cub Scout Angle: Time for the National Summertime Pack Award
  • From the Guide to Advancement: Meaningful District Merit Badge Counselor List
  • Eagle Issues: Avoiding Issues for Eagle Scout Candidates
  • What's the Procedure?: Reviewing the Eagle Scout Board of Review; The Council Advancement Committee and Merit Badges at Camp
  • Merit Badges—What's New?: Kayaking; Search and Rescue; National Scout Jamboree Needs YOU!; Beekeeping "Buzz"
  • Awards and Recognition: Cyber Chip and Youth Protection
  • What Do You Think?: What Do You Think About Advancement News?
  • A Peek Ahead: Topics Planned for August/September

May 2012

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Don't Miss Out on Philmont Advancement Training; Future Advancement Educational Support; Advancement Team Now on Twitter
  • On Increasing Advancement: Support for the Outdoor Program
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: Advancement Committee Position Descriptions; Eagle Scout Rank Credentials Now Produced at National Distribution Center
  • The Cub Scout Angle: The Pace of Advancement
  • Eagle Issues: The Evolution of Eagle Scout Service Project Approval; Minimizing Eagle Scout Service Project Fundraising; Health and Safety Announces New Guidelines
  • Merit Badges—What's New?: Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Update
  • Special Necessities: New Application for Alternative Eagle Scout Merit Badges Now Available; Helpful Hints on Special Needs Advancement Flexibility
  • What Do You Think?: Advancement Education
  • A Peek Ahead: Topics Planned for June/July

April 2012

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Two Opportunities at Philmont
  • On Increasing Advancement: Inspirational Ceremonies—Recognition and Inspiration
  • The Cub Scout Angle: Arrow of Light, Last Stop Before Boy Scouting
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: Increasing Advancement Committee Size
  • From the Guide to Advancement: Meaningful District Merit Badge Counselor List (Part 1)
  • Eagle Issues: Eagle Scout Service Project Coaches
  • Merit Badges—What's New? Kayaking Merit Badge Release Scheduled for May; Merit Badge Feedback Welcomed
  • What's the Procedure? Unit-Level Boards of Review
  • Venturing Perspective: Bronze Award Substitutions
  • What Do You Think? Advancement Literature and Resources
  • A Peek Ahead: A Preview of Coming Attractions in Advancement News

March 2012

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Two Opportunities at Philmont
  • On Increasing Advancement: Integrating Advancement Activities in the Unit
  • The Cub Scout Angle: What Is "Do Your Best"?
  • From the Guide to Advancement: Scoutmaster Conference Myths; Active Scout Spirit
  • Eagle Issues: 100th Anniversary of the First Eagle Scout
  • What's the Procedure?: When Does the Clock Start Running for Credit Toward Merit Badges?; What's Up With the Scoutmaster Signature on the "Blue Card"?
  • Merit Badges—What's New?: The Welding Merit Badge Has Arrived
  • What Do You Think?: Tracking Advancement Toward First Class

February 2012

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Advancement Training at Philmont
  • On Increasing Advancement: Guardian of the Gate
  • The Cub Scout Angle: Who Is Akela?
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: Sources for the Recruitment of District Advancement Committee Members
  • From the Guide to Advancement: First Class in a Year, Star in Two; Mandated Procedures and Recommended Practices
  • Eagle Issues: Current Records Prevents Future Issues
  • Merit Badges—What's New?: New Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force Reviews 40 Merit Badge Pamphlets
  • What's the Procedure?: Addressing Positions of Responsibility
  • Special Necessities: Guidance for Eagle Scout Boards of Review for Scouts With Developmental Disabilities
  • What Do You Think?: Initial Evaluation of the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

November 2011

  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Advancement Training at the Florida Keys
  • On Increasing Advancement: Using Internet Advancement and ScoutNET's Record Achievements
  • The Cub Scout Angle: Cub Scout Advancement Likely Underreported
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: Committee Size Makes the Difference—Continued!
  • From the Guide to Advancement: Active Participation and Applying the "Third Test"
  • Eagle Issues: —Submitting Eagle Applications Approved by Board of Review Under Disputed Circumstances —What's in a Name?
  • Merit Badges—What's New?: Blue Card Is Nationally Recognized Merit Badge Record
  • Special Necessities: Using Alternative Requirements
  • Awards and Recognition: Silver Beaver Processing Change Announced
  • What Do You Think?: Evaluate the Guide to Advancement

October 2011

  • Introducing the Guide to Advancement
  • The New Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook
  • On Increasing Advancement: Unnecessary Barriers
  • Advancement Committee Mechanics: Committee Size Makes the Difference
  • Opportunities for Advancement Administrators: Advancement and a Week in the Florida Keys— Jan. 16–21, 2012
  • The Cub Scout Angle: The Inverted Percentage
  • The Venturing Perspective: Sea Scout Procedures Covered in Guide to Advancement
  • Eagle Issues: Who Hears National Eagle Scout Rank Appeals?
  • Merit Badges—What's New?: Chess Merit Badge Rollout, and Merit Badge Maintenance Task Force Takes Shape
  • What Do You Think: Council and District Advancement Committees