Guide to Advancement


The current edition of the Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs: Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, 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 America’s national staff and many volunteer advancement administrators and subject matter experts at all levels from across the country. The result is a resource intended to 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 and the Advancement Resources web page found at


Note that the National Advancement Program Team addresses many questions through the e-newsletter, Advancement News. You can find the Advancement News archive at


Click here to view/download 2021 Guide to Advancement in PDF format


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