Advancement and Awards

Guide to Advancement

The Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in helps Scouters understand and implement the advancement programs and procedures of the Boy Scouts of America: Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts. Policies and procedures outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting apply to all BSA activities, including those related to advancement and Eagle Scout service projects.

Additional information and best practices appear in
other official BSA resources such as BSA Advancement Newsthe national Advancement Team’s Twitter feed, and the advancement educational presentations released by the national Advancement Committee. The latest advancement resources can be found on the BSA advancement resources page

Internet advancement allows units to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges.


Boy Scout Boards of Review

After a Boy Scout has completed the requirements for any rank, he appears before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of his experience and decide whether he has fulfilled the requirements for the rank.

Eagle Scout Boards of Review:  At least one district or council representative must serve as a member of an Eagle Scout board of review. 

Request an Eagle Scout Board of Review

Eagle Scout Service Project

While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project must benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) A project proposal must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your unit leader and unit committee, and the council or district before you start. To obtain approval from the district for an Eagle Scout service project, attend an Eagle Scout project approval meeting.

RSVP for Eagle Scout Project Review Meeting


Merit Badge Counselors

What is needed to become a MBC?

  1. BSA Adult Leader application: Anyone interested in being a MBC must fill out an application, even current leaders. The Position Code for MBC is "42". There is no fee associated with being a MBC.
  2. Merit Badge Counselor Interest Sheet: This is where they select which merit badge they are interested in counseling.
  3. Youth Protection Training: Standard for all registered positions.
All 3 of these forms should be turned in to the Tall Timbers District Advancement Chair (Mike Lampkin) or Tall Timbers District Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator (Edna Asare) and they will be processed accordingly.

Once a Merit Badge Counselor is registered, they are not actually part of the troop but are a member of the District Committee. You won't see them listed on your recharter or any paperwork. So whenever possible, please help us keep our roster current by sending your updates to the Advancement Chair or MBC Coordinator.

Scout program updates



For additional information or questions about advancement, contact the district advancement chair.