What is Advancement?  

Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank.  Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. It is one of several methods designed to help our Pack carry out the aims and mission of the Boy Scouts of America. 

How do Scouts Advance?

At Pack and Den meetings the three steps in Cub Scout advancement are implemented: preparation, qualification, and recognition.  Den meetings—ideally three per month, one of which may include an outing—follow a traditional school year and are designed to result in advancement for all Scouts. Elective adventure plans provide flexibility for dens that meet more often and facilitate summertime den activities or adjustments for different school schedules. To achieve a full experience and the greatest impact, “do-at-home projects” challenge and encourage parents and Scouts to work together. 

How are Scouts Recognized?

Den leaders implement the den meeting plans as outlined in the four den leader guides. Some requirements are met within the den meeting while other requirements are completed at home.  For Tiger through Bear ranks, if an activity is completed outside of the den meeting, the parent, adult partner, or another trusted adult should sign in the boy’s handbook, indicating the Cub Scout has done his best to complete the requirement. The den leader (or another Pack leader) then approves requirements after consultation with the family or the Scout to confirm completion.  For Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks, the den leader signs for approval of all requirements, unless the den leader delegates this responsibility.  All requirements are recorded in the Scout's handbook as well as online in Scoutbook.


Scouts are recognized for completing Adventures at Pack meetings, as long as the requirements are signed off in Scoutbook by the end of the previous month.  Rank advancement occurs at the annual Blue and Gold Banquet held in February, and it is expected that Scouts complete all rank requirements before that time.  

For more information about the mechanics of advancement see the Guide to Advancement.  For a complete list of Cub Scout Requirements, see the current Cub Scout Requirements and the December 2016 updates for TigerWolfBear, and Webelos/AOL.
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