Guide to Advancement 2013
The 2015 Guide to Advancement is expected to be released in May 2015. We will post the new version when released.
The Guide to Advancement (2013), No. 33088 is the official reference document for all advancement-related topics and questions.
Please note that this new version was released on July 11, 2013 and replaces the 2011 version.
No council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or subtract from, advancement requirements. There are limited exceptions relating only to youth members with disabilities. For details see section 10, “Advancement for Members With Special Needs.”
This publication clearly identifies mandated procedures with words such as “must” and “shall.” Where such language is used, no council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to deviate from the procedures covered, without the written permission of the national Advancement Team.
Recommended best practices are offered using words like “should,” while other options and guidelines are indicated with terms such as “may” or “can.” Refer questions on these to your local district or council advancement chairs or staff advisors. They, in turn, may request interpretations and assistance from the national Advancement Team.
The Guide to Safe Scouting Applies
Policies and procedures outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting, No. 610138, apply to all BSA activities, including those related to advancement and Eagle Scout service projects.