2013 Guide to Advancement - Patriots' Path Council

2017 Guide to Advancement Michael Merritt Patriots Path Council Advancement Committee Chair [email protected] 973 568 7979 University of Scouting December 1, 2018 The Source for Advancement Issues 1 2017 Guide to Advancement 2 Council Advancement Committee RESPONSIBILITIES The council advancement committee and the 6

district advancement committees are responsible for implementing and facilitating advancement and processing most special awards and recognitions. This is done according to national procedures and local practices under the direction of the council executive board. The council advancement committee falls under the vice president for program. 3 Council Advancement Committee APPROACH We follow BSAs official source for administering advancement, the Guide to Advancement. For situations not specifically covered in that document, we make decisions based on the aims and mission of the Boy Scouts of America, the Scout Oath and Scout Law, and common sense.

Advancement is nothing more and nothing less than a method. It is a means toward 4 Council Advancement Committee WHO IS THE COMMITTEE? Chair, Chairs of the 6 district advancement committees, Members-at-large. We cooperate with the other program function elementsoutdoor programs, activities and civic service, and training and also with the membership, finance, and unit-service functions. The committee is supported by a council professional staff advisor. 5 Council Advancement Committee

Chairman Michael Merritt Members at Large Scott Berger New Merit Badges Mary Lynne Capen Member at Large Deb Reidmiller Special Needs Martha Kamichoff Camp Advancement District Chairs Jay DeBoey Black River Bruce Benson Fishawack Peter Glaser Munsee Karen Gough Raritan Valley

Bob Carlson Sussex Steve McCabe Watchung Mountain Council Advisor Bob Davidson Patriots Path Council https://ppcbsa.org/committees/advancement/ 6 Local Council Policies Community Service Reporting for Eagle Scout Service Projects Council Advancement Committee Membership and Meetings Council Policy and Procedure on Limited Exceptions to Swimming Requirements

Eagle Scout paperwork for Council and Boards of Review Eagle Scout Service Project Funding Policy Merit Badge Counselor Policy Methods for Conducting Eagle Scout Boards of Review https://ppcbsa.org/committees/advancement/council-methods policies-practices-and-procedures/ 7 2017 Guide to Advancement Where can I get the 2017 GTA? Online version www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf 8 2017 Guide to Advancement

9 2017 Guide to Advancement 10 2017 Guide to Advancement 11 2017 Guide to Advancement 12 CONTENTS Section 1 Introduction Section 2 Advancement Defined Section 3 Guidelines for Advancement and

Recognition Committees Section 4 The Mechanics of Advancement Section 5 Special Considerations Section 6 Electronic Advancement Reporting Section 7 The Merit Badge Program Section 8 Boards of Review: An Overview for All Ranks Section 9 The Eagle Scout Rank Section 10 Advancement for Members with Special Needs Section 11 Appendix 13 Section 1 Introduction The current edition of the Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts. It replaces any previous BSA advancement manuals and previous editions of the Guide to Advancement. Producing the Guide to Advancement has involved many members of the

Boy Scouts of Americas national staff and many volunteer advancement administrators and subject matter experts at all levels from across the country. The result is an improved resource intended to more efficiently meet the needs of those who would most often consult it. Additional information and best practices appear in other official BSA resources such as Advancement News, the National Advancement Program Teams Twitter feed, and the advancement educational presentations released by the National Advancement Program Team. See Orientation and Education Opportunities for Advancement Administrators, 3.0.0.6, for more information on education in advancement policies and procedures. Scouting leaders are encouraged to make full use of these resources but should confirm that updated information has not subsequently been provided. 14 Section 1Introduction 1.0.3.0 Significant Changes

While every section of this guide has received at least minor revisions since the last edition, the following topics merit close review. 15 Section 1Introduction 1.0.4.0 Frequently Asked Questions Listed below are questions often asked of the National Advancement Program Team. Each question is followed by the location of the answer; that is, the heading and topic number under which the answer can be found in this Guide to Advancement. 16 Section 2 Advancement

Defined Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank. 2.0.0.1 It Is a MethodNot an End in Itself 2.0.0.2 Advancement Is Based on Experiential Learning 2.0.0.3 Personal Growth Is the Primary Goal

2.0.0.4 The Methods of Scouting 17 Section 2 Advancement Defined The Methods of Scouting Ideals Patrol method Advancement Association with adults Outdoors Leadership development Uniform Personal growth 18 Section 2 Advancement Defined

Throughout the Scouting program, we provide a place where the sense of belonging is an outcome of practicing skills, exploring interests, learning values, forming friendships, and enjoying adventure. Advancement is the method by which we promote and encourage the ongoing involvement and commitment that keeps members coming back for more. It works best when it is built into a units program so that simply participating leads to meaningful achievement and recognitionand to a continually improving readiness for more complex experiences. 19 Section 3 Guidelines for Recognition and

Advancement Committees Council and district advancement committees are responsible for implementing and facilitating advancement and processing most special awards and recognitions. 3.0.0.1 Council Advancement Committee Responsibilities 3.0.0.2 District Advancement Committee Responsibilities 3.0.0.3 Unit Advancement Responsibilities 3.0.0.4 Awards and Recognitions 3.0.0.5 Building an Advancement Committee 3.0.0.6 Orientation and Education Opportunities for Advancement Administrators

20 Section 4

The Mechanics of Advancement 4.0.0.1 Changes to Requirements 4.0.0.2 Reporting Advancement 4.0.0.3 Age Exception for Youth With Special Needs 4.1.0.0 Mechanics of Advancement: In Cub Scouting 4.2.0.0 Mechanics of Advancement: In Boy Scouting and Varsity Scouting 4.3.0.0 Mechanics of Advancement: In Venturing 4.4.0.0 Mechanics of Advancement: In Sea Scouts 21 Section 5 Special Considerations

5.0.1.0 Advancement in Camp Settings 5.0.2.0 Extended Absence From Scouting 5.0.3.0 Lone Scouting

5.0.4.0 Youth From Other Countries 5.0.5.0 Religious Principles 5.0.6.0 Bestowing Posthumous Awards 5.0.7.0 Spirit of the Eagle Award

5.0.8.0 Using Technology-Based Tools in Advancement 22 Section 6 Electronic Advancement Reporting 6.0.0.1 Importance and Benefits of Electronic Advancement Reporting

6.0.0.2 About Internet Advancement 6.0.0.3 The Next Generation in Electronic Advancement Reporting 6.0.0.4 Internet Advancement Miscellany 23 Section 7

The Merit Badge Program 7.0.0.1 The Benefits of Merit Badges 7.0.0.2 About the Application for Merit Badge - Blue Card 7.0.0.3 The Scout, the Blue Card, and the Unit Leader 7.0.1.0 About Merit Badge Counselors 7.0.2.0 Merit Badge Counselor Lists 7.0.3.0 The Process of Counseling 7.0.4.0 Merit Badge Miscellany 24 Section 8 Boards of Review:

An Overview for All Ranks 8.0.0.1 Purpose and Timeliness of Boards of Review 8.0.0.2 Boards of Review Must Be Granted When Requirements Are Met 8.0.0.3 Composition of the Board of Review 8.0.0.4 Wearing the Uniform or Neat in Appearance

8.0.1.0 8.0.2.0 Particulars for Tenderfoot Through Life Ranks (or Palms) 8.0.3.0 Particulars for the Eagle Scout Rank 8.0.4.0 Appealing a Decision (Star, Life, Eagle) Conducting the Board of Review 25 Section 8 Boards of Review:

An Overview for All Ranks 8.0.5.0 Venturing Boards of Review 8.0.6.0 Particulars for the Pathfinder and Discovery Awards 8.0.7.0 Particulars for the Summit Award 26 Section 9 The Eagle Scout Rank

9.0.1.0 The Eagle Scout Rank Application Process 9.0.2.0 The Eagle Scout Service Project 9.0.3.0 About Eagle Palms 9.0.4.0 Time Extensions 27 Section 10

Advancement for Members With Special Needs 10.1.0.0 Registering Qualified Members Beyond Age of Eligibility 10.2.0.0 Advancement Flexibility Allowed 10.2.1.0 Advancement for Cub Scouts With Special Needs

10.2.2.0 Advancement for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts With Special Needs 10.2.3.0 Advancement for Venturers and Sea Scouts With Special Needs 28 Section 11 Appendix 11.0.1.0

Advancement and Recognition Literature and Resources 11.1.0.0 11.2.0.0 Request for Extension of Time to Earn Eagle Scout Rank 11.3.0.0 Belated Eagle Scout Rank Application

11.4.0.0 Request for Registration Beyond the Age of Eligibility 11.5.0.0 Individual Scout Advancement Plan Reporting Merit Badge Counseling Concerns 29 Questions and Answers Wait! Lets go back to the beginning 1.0.1.0 How to Approach Issues Not Covered

in the Guide to Advancement Be aware that statements or interpretations offered from unofficial websites and other such sources may be out of date or incorrect. They will not be considered in resolving advancement questions and issues. In situations not specifically covered in this guide, advancement chairs, coordinators, or other administrators should make decisions based on the aims and mission of the Boy Scouts of America, as well as the Scout Oath and Scout Law, other applicable official and current BSA resources and common sense. 30 Questions and Answers 31

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