Advancement and Awards

Guide to Advancement

The Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in helps Scouters understand and implement the advancement programs and procedures of the Boy Scouts of AmericaPolicies and procedures outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting apply to all BSA activities, including those related to advancement and Eagle Scout service projects.

Additional information and best practices appear in
other official BSA resources such as BSA Advancement Newsthe national advancement team’s Twitter feed, and the advancement educational presentations released by the national Advancement Committee. The latest advancement resources can be found on the BSA advancement resources page

Internet advancement allows units to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges.


Boards of Review

After completing the requirements for any rank, the Scout in a troop appears before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of his experience and decide whether the Scout has fulfilled the requirements for the rank.

Eagle Scout Boards of Review (BOR):  At least one district or council representative must serve as a member of an Eagle Scout board of review. Request a district representative for an Eagle Scout BOR.

Request Representative for an Eagle Scout Board of Review 

Eagle Scout Service Project

While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. The project must benefit an organization other than Scouting. A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district prior to starting the project. 

Eagle Scout Project Reviews

After obtaining approval from the organization benefiting from the effort, the unit leader and unit committee, the Eagle Scout candidate needs to present their project to a district representative for approval.

District approval meetings are held during roundtable. Roundtable is a district monthly meeting typically held the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at Sts. Simon And Jude Catholic Parish (26777 Glen Loch Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77381). See the district calendar for specific dates. 

A Scout who needs district approval for their Eagle Scout project should request an appointment. There will be two-deep leadership during the meetings.

Request Project Approval Meeting

During the meeting, a district representative will give a safety talk and provide other tips to all the Eagle Scout candidates. Eagle Scout candidates should arrive on time, be prepared to talk about all aspects of their project and bring:

  1. Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927 with all required signatures, except the district signature. 
  2. Note-taking materials
  3. BSA field uniform


Merit Badge Counselors

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest. To become a merit badge counselor, the following must be completed:

  1. BSA Adult Leader application: Anyone interested in being a merit badge counselor must fill out an application, even current leaders. The position code for a merit badge counselor is 42. There is no fee associated with being a merit badge counselor.  
  2. Merit Badge Counselor Interest Sheet: A counselor selects the merit badge they are interested in counseling.
  3. Youth Protection Training: All merit badge counselors must have current Youth Protection Training. Training can be taken at

All three forms should be submitted to the George Strake District advancement chair or the George Strake District merit badge counselor coordinator. Once a merit badge counselor is registered, they are a member of the district committee. They won't be listed on a troop recharter or any troop paperwork. So whenever possible, please help the district keep our roster current by sending updates to the district advancement chair or district merit badge coordinator.


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For additional information or questions about advancement, contact the district advancement chair.