Rank Advancement

The Boy Scout advancement program is subtle. It places a series of challenges in front of a Scout in a manner that is fun and educational. As Scouts meet these challenges, they achieve the aims of Boy Scouting. The Scout advances and grows in the Boy Scout phase of the program in the same way a plant grows by receiving nourishment in the right environment. The job with adults concerned with advancement is to provide the right environment. One of the greatest needs of young men is confidence. There are three kinds of confidence that young men need: in themselves, in peers, and in leaders.

Educators and counselors agree that the best way to build confidence is through measurement. Self-confidence is developed by measuring up to a challenge or a standard. Peer confidence develops when the same measuring system is used for everyone — when all must meet the same challenge to receive equal recognition. Confidence in leaders comes about when there is consistency in measuring — when leaders use a single standard of fairness. No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to or subtract from any advancement requirement. A Boy Scout badge recognizes what a young man is able to do; it is not a reward for what he has done. Standards for joining a Boy Scout troop and for advancement are listed in the latest printing of the Boy Scout Handbook and in the current Boy Scout Requirements book. Advancement accommodates the three aims of Scouting: citizenship, growth in moral strength and character, and mental and physical development. The advancement program is designed to provide the Boy Scout with a chance to achieve the aims of Scouting. As a Scout advances, he is measured and grows in confidence and self-reliance.

 

Awards and Merit Badges

AWARDS

There are many additional awards scouts can earn for extra activities in addition to the traditional scouting awards and rank advancements. Some recognition can be earned by any rank scout while others are only available to specific ranks. These awards can be used to recognize extra effort by a scout in an area of interest. Some awards are presented through the Boy Scouts of America while others are from different organizations.

For service, training, recognition, and personal achievement awards that include a square knot to be worn on the scout uniform, please see our Boy Scout Award Knots page.

Please remember that the award is a recognition of an accomplishment – the award should normally not be the main reason for doing a task or project. Find something interesting to do, reach your goals, and then use the award as recognition.

MERIT BADGES

Boy Scout merit badges give scouts the opportunity to investigate around 120 different areas of knowledge and skills. The merit badge program plays a major role in the scouting advancement program and participation can begin as soon as a scout registers with a troop. Each scout can explore topics from American Business to Woodworking as he has interest. The only limitations are his ambition and availability of adult merit badge counselors to offer instruction.

Here is a list of merit badges

Required Merit Badges

Citizenship in the Community

Citizenship in the Nation

Citizenship in the World

Communication

Cooking

Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving

Environmental Science OR Sustainability

Family Life

Camping

First Aid

Personal Fitness

Personal Management

Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling

 

Not Required Merit Badges

American Business

American Cultures

American Heritage

American Labor

Animal Science

Animation

Archaeology

Archery

Architecture

Art

Astronomy

Athletics

Automotive Maintenance

Aviation

Backpacking

Basketry

Bird Study

Bugling

Canoeing

Chemistry

Chess

Coin Collecting

Collections

Composite Materials

Crime Prevention

Dentistry

Digital Technology

Disabilities Awareness

Dog Care

Drafting

Electricity

Electronics

Energy

Engineering

Entrepreneurship

Farm Mechanics

Fingerprinting

Fire Safety

Fish and Wildlife Management

Fishing

Fly Fishing

Forestry

Game Design

Gardening

Genealogy

Geocaching

Geology

Golf

Graphic Arts

Home Repairs

Horsemanship

Indian Lore

Insect Study

Inventing

Journalism

Kayaking

Landscape Architecture

Law

Leatherwork

Mammal Study

Medicine

Metalwork

Mining in Society

Model Design and Building

Motorboating

Moviemaking

Music

Nature

Nuclear Science

Oceanography

Orienteering

Painting

Pets

Photography

Pioneering

Plant Science

Plumbing

Pottery

Programming

Public Health

Public Speaking

Pulp and Paper

Radio

Railroading

Reading

Reptile and Amphibian Study

Rifle Shooting

Robotics

Rowing

Safety

Salesmanship

Scholarship

Scouting Heritage

Scuba Diving

Sculpture

Search & Rescue

Shotgun Shooting

Signs, Signals, and Codes

Skating

Small-Boat Sailing

Snow Sports

Soil and Water Conservation

Space Exploration

Sports

Stamp Collecting

Surveying

Textile

Theater

Traffic Safety

Truck Transportation

Veterinary Medicine

Water Sports

Weather

Welding

Whitewater

Wilderness Survival

Wood Carving

Woodwork

 

Here is a great websites to use if you are having meritbadge strugles.

http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

Meritbadge.org shows you all the requirements that you need to complete for each meritbadge. They even have a file on the top of the screen that brings you to a pdf of the merit badge requirements on paper like this one for music - http://meritbadge.org/wiki/images/4/43/Music.pdf