Kresha-SM SB 74

District Advancement Chair
Phillip Norton

Every Rank for Every Scout Counts!!

We know that our units are doing their best with their scouts advancing in rank at every level of Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. The best way to record their advancement is through the Online Internet Advancement System.
Follow this link to learn more about Internet Advancement and to update your unit’s advancement. And remember – Rank Advancement patches are FREE in Circle Ten Council when you turn in your Advancement Report at the Harry Hines or Fairview office.

Remember all advancements should be entered timely and before the end of the calendar year!
This brochure gives you excellent helpful hints and BSA contact information. Please let us know if you need additional help.

Advancement in each Scouting program is designed to be age-appropriate for the youth eligible to participate in it.  Ranks form the foundation for the experiences; they are established and authorized by the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America and described in the various member handbooks. The advancement program is administered by a combination of adult and youth leaders, with young people taking more responsibility as the members progress. The role of parents also differs with member age and ability, but parents are encouraged. to be engaged at all levels.

The Advancement Committee operates under the Boy Scouts of America program function. We cooperate with the other program function elements—outdoor programs, activities and civic service, and training—and also with the membership, finance, and unit-service functions.

How the Advancement Committee Can Help You!!

  • Assist packs, troops, teams and crews with advancement Journey to Excellence goals
  • Assist units with Internet Advancement
  • STEM and NOVA award information
  • Assist troops with ideas for conducting boards of review and courts of honor
  • Maintain district merit badge directory
  • Review and approve Eagle Service Project proposals
  • District representative required at all Eagle Board of  Reviews Review
  • Recommend Unit & District Scouters for special District and Council recognition including:
    • Lifesaving Awards
    • District Trailblazer Award
    • District Award of Merit
    • Silver Beaver

Things to Know and People to Contact:

Eagle Service Project – After receiving all appropriate signatures, the Life Scout should call/text or send an email to the above email address to arrange a meeting with the District Representative for review and signature.

Eagle Board of Review – Once the Eagle Scout Application has been completed and verified by Council, the troop board of review chair or other designated volunteer person will contact the District Advancement Chair to schedule the Eagle Board of Review.

Merit Badge Counselors – Merit Badge Counselors must be registered as such and are required to be current in their Youth Protection Training certification. Merit Badge Counselor Information Sheet. (BSA Adult Application )It is also recommended that each Merit Badge Counselor complete this online training

Merit Badge Counselor Directory – The District Advancement Chair, Kresha Alvarado, maintains the directory.  This directory is available to the troop unit leader (Scoutmaster), troop advancement chair or their designated representative.  This directory is not to be openly distributed to scouts or unauthorized individuals.  An important part of the merit badge process is for the Scoutmaster to discuss merit badges with the scout and to recommend merit badge counselors to the scout.

Advancement Vice-Chairs: the following volunteers can assist in specific areas:

Open – Cub Scout / Boy Scout Advancement
Assists with questions regarding Internet Advancement and general questions about Cub Scout and/or Boy Scout rank advancement.  Please contact Kresha Alvarado at

Kevin Nelson – STEM coordinator
Kevin can help with STEM/NOVA information for troops and packs. See attached brochure for more information.

Supernova Awards Mentor Information Sheet, STEM Brochure

Special Awards
Adult Recognition Awards including District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Trailblazer Award, etc.

Click here to view the 2015 Guide to Advancement

Cub Scouting

Advancement is the process by which a boy progresses from badge to badge, learning new skills as he goes. The Cub Scout advancement program is designed to encourage the natural interests of a boy in a natural way. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting has its own requirements. As a boy advances through the ranks, requirements are progressively more challenging, matching the increased skills and abilities of a boy as he grows older.

Advancement is one of the methods used to achieve Scouting’s aims—character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Everything a Cub Scout does to advance is designed to achieve these aims and aid in his personal growth. These badges are a means to an end—not an end in themselves.

Boy Scouting

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.


Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age.

Venturing’s purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.

Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities. Local community organizations establish a Venturing crew by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of exciting and meaningful activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.

Venturing crews can specialize in a variety of avocation or hobby interests.

  • Venturers
  • Sea Scouts

Sea Scouts is a specialized segment of the Venturing program, which was organized to address members’ boating skills and promote knowledge of our maritime heritage.

Sea Scout units, called “ships,” focus on sailing and cruising either sailboats or power vessels. During the boating seasons, Sea Scouts learn to maintain and operate then vessel, with a focus on learning the safe and proper methods of handling boats. Sea Scouts also learn the meaning of buoys and lights, how to take advantage of wind and tide, and how to drop anchor or approach a dock.

Most ships hold formal meetings conducted in either full dress of work uniforms. Swimming, lifesaving, first aid, Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses are taught with the ship by our own officers. The state safe boating course is also offered by many ships. Occasionally movies are shown, contests between crews are held, or internship visits are arranged.


Exploring is a work site-based program. It is part of Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old.

Exploring’s purpose is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate a specific Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.