Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The steps in the advancement system help Scouts grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.
"Every Scouting activity moves boys toward three basic aims: character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness." -Scoutmaster Handbook
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.
No council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or subtract from, advancement requirements. There are limited exceptions relating only to youth members with disabilities. For details see section 10, "Advancement for Members With Special Needs."
This publication clearly identifies mandated procedures with words such as "must" and "shall." Where such language is used, no council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to deviate from the procedures covered, without the written permission of the national Advancement Team.
Recommended best practices are offered using words like "should," while other options and guidelines are indicated with terms such as "may" or "can." Refer questions on these to your local district or council advancement chairs or staff advisers. They, in turn, may request interpretations and assistance from the national Advancement Team.
"Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout leaders to help boys fulfill the aims of the BSA." -Scoutmaster Handbook
You may wonder, "Who do I contact when I have an advancement question at my local council office", we have an answer. Your council advancement specialist is Michelle Baumann. Michelle has been dedicated to providing Cascade Pacific Council members with knowledge and extraordinary service for over twenty two years. She is an expert on advancement matters.
Phone: (503) 225-5714
To view and keep track of previous and current updates or addendums made to advancement materials and guidelines, please check in regularly with the Scouting.org advancement news page. Advancement News.
Council Name: Cascade Pacific Council- 492