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Bay Area CouncilAdvancement


Find out about advancement including how to record it, ranks and much more.

Internet Advancement

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. Visit the Internet Advancement site.


Scout Advancement

Advancement is the process by which a Scout progresses from rank to rank in the Scouting program. It is simply a means to an end and not an end in itself. Everything done to advance and earn higher ranks is designed to help the Scout have an exciting and meaningful experience. The advancement method is designed to encourage a young man to accomplish a progressive series of fun and educational tasks. Earning merit badges allows Scouts to explore many fields, helps them round out their skills, and perhaps introduces them to subjects that will become lifelong interests or rewarding careers.


Cub Scouts

Find rank info here

Tigers Cub - 1st grader (or age 7) and adult partners. 15 requirements in each of 5 areas
Bobcat - for all boys who join Cub Scouting.
Wolf - must have completed first grade (or age 8). 12 achievements
Bear - must have completed second grade (or age 9). 12 or 24 achievements over 4 categories.
Webelos - must have completed third grade (or age 10).
Arrow of Light - The highest rank in Cub Scouting 


Boy Scouts

For information on available advancements and requirements please click here

For policies related to Rank Advancement click here

Scout Badge


Second Class 

First Class 

Star Scout 

Life Scout