Advancement is a key component to Scouting. It is designed to be age-appropriate for youth eligible to participate. Ranks form the foundation for many experiences; they are established and authorized by the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and described in various member handbooks. The advancement program is administered by a combination of adult and youth leaders, with young people taking more responsibility as they progress through programs. The role of parents differs with member age and ability. Parents are encouraged to engage at all levels.
The links below provide more detailed information on how to advance within a specific program.