Advancement and Awards
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.
For the most up-to-date information on Advancement and Awards, please refer to the National Council website. Follow this link for the latest information on the 12th Edition Boy Scout Handbook.
Positions of Youth Leadership
Download the descriptions of Boy Scout youth leadership positions here.
Internet Advancement allows you to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges. This feature is maintained by the National office of the Boy Scouts of America.
From Life Scout to Eagle Scout Resources: The Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America Advancement Committee has assembled these resources to guide a Scout from Life to Eagle.
Advancement for Scouts with Special Needs
For detailed information, please refer to the “Guide to Advancement”, Section 10, Advancement for Members with Special Needs. Also, additional information in the 2016 Boy Scout Requirements; pages 16-17 and 24-25.
A Boy Scout with a permanent physical or mental Disability and is unable to complete all the requirements for the lower Scout ranks (Tenderfoot, Second Class or First Class) may with his parents (or guardian) request to the Council Advancement Committee to complete alternative requirements. Use the Individual Scout Advancement Plan, form #512-936; available on the National website link listed below.
A Boy Scout with a permanent physical or mental Disability and is unable to complete all the required Merit Badges for Eagle; may with his parents (or guardian) request to the Council Advancement Committee to complete alternative Merit Badges. Use the Application for Alternative Merit Badges, form #512-730; available on the National website link listed below.
Additionally, youth and adults who are developmentally disabled or youth with severe physical challenges, may be considered for registration beyond the age of eligibility for their program. For detail information, please refer to the “Guide to Advancement”, Section 10, Advancement for Members with Special Needs. To register a person, submit the Request for Registration beyond the Age of Eligibility, form #512-935; available on the National website at this page.
Submit the requests or completed forms to your District Advancement Chairman or DAC Council office (attention: Kathy Craig, Activities Director).
The PowerPoint presentation entitled “Including Scouts with Disabilities” may be viewed via this link.
Further support can be obtained from the Denver Area Council Special Needs webpage.