Advancement Education

Guide to Advancement

To download the guide to advancement, click herelink-PDF.


Merit Badge Counselor Education

The following items are useful educational and training tools for Merit Badge Counselors:



National Resources


Merit Badge Counselor Education - Website


Getting the Most From Internet Advancement

"Getting the Most From Internet Advancement" is a PowerPoint slide show with speaker notes and an 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. Download PowerPoint Presentation, Download Presenter’s Notes PDF , Download FAQ PDF


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 Presentationlink-powerpoint, Download Presenter's Notes PDF


Guide to Advancement and Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Overview
Converted to video format from PowerPoint presentations with voice-over, these presentations provide further insight into the two most critical publications produced by the BSA national Advancement Team. The files 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. Introductiuon to the Guide to Advancement (10 min) Downloadlink-zip. View nowlink-html

2. Judgment Calls (24 min.) (covering the "active," position of responsibility, and Scout spirit requirements, and also "reasonable expectations.") Downloadlink-zip. View nowlink-html

3. The Merit Badge Program (17 min.) Downloadlink-zip. View nowlink-html

4. Boards of Review (15 min.) Downloadlink-zip. View nowlink-html

5. Boards of Review Under Disputed Circumstances (6 min.) Downloadlink-zip. View nowlink-html

6. Board of Review Appeals (4 min.) Downloadlink-zip. View nowlink-html

7. The Eagle Scout Service Project (17 min.) Downloadlink-zip. View nowlink-html

8. The Eagle Scout Application Process (8 min.) Downloadlink-zip. View nowlink-html

9. Eagle Scout Boards of Review (4 min.) Downloadlink-zip. View nowlink-html

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