Advancement

Citizenship in Society Merit Badge

On November 1, the Boy Scouts of America launched the Citizenship in Society merit badge, its newest merit badge for youth in the Scouts BSA program (ages 11-17). In case you’ve heard rumors or seen early reports on this merit badge before its release, let us offer some clarity on what the Citizenship in Society...

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Important Update About the 12th Annual Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner

The Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner is one of the most eagerly-anticipated and well-attended events in our Council each year.  While we are excited to conduct this year’s event in person on Tuesday, November 23, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in the Chocolate Ballroom, we are implementing health and safety protocols intended to help...

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A New Opportunity to Fund Eagle Scout Service Projects

Through the generosity of the Adams County Community Foundation’s Shirley Smith Youth Service Fund, prospective Eagle Scouts now have a new potential source of funding for their Eagle Scout Service Projects. Eagle Scout candidates from anywhere in the New Birth of Freedom Council can apply for up to 75% of the cost to do their...

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2022 Merit Badge Counselor, Supernova Mentor, and Nova Counselor Renewal

Attention all Merit Badge Counselors, Supernova Mentors, and Nova Counselors!! It is that time of year again, time to renew your registration as a Merit Badge Counselor, Supernova Mentor, or Nova Counselor for 2022. You should have received an email about your renewal. If you did not receive an email please contact Cory Kercher, District...

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Updates to Venturing Awards and Ranks

From the National Venturing Committee The National Venturing Committee is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, the Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder, and Summit awards will be referred to as Venturing ranks to improve consistency among the different programs within Scouting. The Quest, Ranger, and Trust Awards will remain as part of the Venturing program as specialty...

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Release of New Journey to Excellence Criteria

Scouting’s Journey to Excellence (JTE) is the BSA’s planning, performance and recognition program designed to encourage and reward the success of our units.  It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA. The National Council announced updates to the unit scorecards for 2020 that take into consideration...

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Advancement COVID-19 Updates August 30

On August 30, the national council made updates to their COVID-19 FAQ. The updates include several advancement items as they relate to the Scouts, BSA program. Updates include: Extension of rank requirement modifications for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. Updates to Swimming requirements for Second and First Class ranks. Update to Camping merit...

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Eagle Scout Extensions for Scouts BSA

As we head into the fall, Scouts BSA leaders need to make sure new Scouts BSA Scouts that are between ages 16 and 18 take the appropriate steps to apply for an Eagle extension. As a reminder, Scoutmasters, Committee Chairman, Charter Organization Representatives, and Unit Advancement Chairman play an important part in the extension request....

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Scouts BSA – Important Implementation Details

One of the characteristics of Scouting—for over a hundred years—is that no matter when you join, however long you stay, or the rank you attain, the Scouting experience prepares you for life. And for some, the pinnacle of their Scouting experience is achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. The policies of the BSA indicate...

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BSA will make Scoutbook free for everyone beginning Jan. 1, 2019

It’s a bit like learning there’s enough Dutch oven peach cobbler for everyone to have seconds. It seems too good to be true, but you will absolutely take it. The BSA announced today that it will make Scoutbook subscriptions free to all BSA units beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Units that already use Scoutbook won’t be...

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