Sunday, November 18, 2018

National Definition of "Active"


A Scout will be considered "active" in his unit if he is

  • Registered in his unit (registration fees are current)
  • Not dismissed from his unit for disciplinary reasons
  • Engaged by his unit leadership on a regular basis (informed of unit activities through Scoutmaster conference or personal contact, etc.
  • In communication with the unit leader on a quarterly basis.

(Units may not create their own definition of active; this is a national standard.)

If the Scout does not initiate communication, the unit leader is to contact the Scout and ask if the youth wishes to remain in Scouting. If the answer is negative, then the unit leader should no longer communicate with the Scout. If the answer is affirmative, the unit leader should provide the unit calendar. After six months of nonparticipation, the unit leader may cease to contact with the youth and drop the Scout from the unit at recharter time.

The Scout may return to the unit at any time while on the unit charter. At any time a Scout is dropped from a charter, the youth may re-apply to a unit for readmission; the acceptance of the application is at the discretion of the unit. The youth would be reinstated at the rank and level that can be documented by either the Scout or the unit.


Advancement Program


The Eagle River Advancement Committee provides units support in delivering the BSA Advancement Program.  This Committee is your advancement expects.  Should you need help or questions on advancement requirements, contact the Advancement Committe.

The Advancement Committee provides the following services and support to Eagle River Scouts, Scouters, and Chartered Partners.

Information on Advancement Requirements:

  • Support of the BSA Advancement program and policies
  • Merit Badge Counselor lists
  • Provide Eagle Leadership Project reviews & approvals
  • Eagle Board of Review
  • Adult leadership awards
  • Youth & Adult Religous Emblems and Awards
  • Lifesaving and meritorious action awards
  • Service awards
  • Memorials
  • Special opportunities

While most advancement takes place in dens, packs, and troops, there are Eagle requirements that involve the district. Click here for more information on the district's role in the Scout's trail to Eagle.

For details on the BSA Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures, download it by clicking here.

BSA Advancement Resources here.


Boy Scout Advancement


The Boy Scout advancement program provides many opportunities for Scouts to learn and grow.  This is done through a progressive awards program known as Rank Advancement.  A Scout joins the troop by completing the Scout Award.

Most rank advancement takes place inside the troop. To earn the next rank, the Scout must fulfill several requirements. At each step, the Scout:

  • Learns a new skill or new knowledge to meet the requirement.
  • Is tested on the new requirement.
  • Is reviewed by a troop Board of Review.
  • Is recognized through Rank Advancement at a troop Court of Honor.

The highest rank is the Eagle Scout Award. This award is so significant that certain steps in the trail to Eagle involve the District Committee. A Scout must follow special procedures to meet these requirements. 

 Eagle Board of  Reviews will be held at all Roundtables and at any District events, such as Klondike, Merit Badge Day, Camporees, etc as needed .   Any questions,  please contact Ed Plant, Eagle Board Coordinator at


Cub Scout Advancement


The Cub Scout Program has two basic features, Rank Advancement, and the Academics and Sports Program.

The first badge all Cub Scouts earn, regardless of age, is the Bobcat Badge. After earning the Bobcat Badge, they proceed to work on advancement specific to their age level. As part of these requirements, they must learn the Cub Scout Promise, the Law of the Pack, and the Cub Scout Motto.

Cub Scouts joining as First Grade boys enter the Tiger Cub Program. Tiger Cubs, complete Achievements to earn the Tiger Cub Badge, and complete Electives to receive Tiger Track Beads to wear from a belt emblem. A new Tiger Cub Handbook was issued in the summer of 2001. Some minor changes took effect in June 2006, including dropping the former "Tiger Cub Motto" which was replaced by the Cub Scout Motto, and the requirement that Tiger Cubs earn the Bobcat Badge BEFORE the Tiger Cub badge, instead of after that badge.

In the Second Grade, Cub Scouts work toward the Wolf Badge, then toward a Gold Arrow Point and one or more Silver Arrow Points The requirements for these badges are found in the Wolf Cub Scout Book.

In the Third Grade, Cub Scouts work toward the Bear Badge, then they, too, work toward earning a Gold Arrow Point and Silver Arrow Points. The requirements for these badges are found in the Bear Cub Scout Book.

The Webelos Program is a two year program for Fourth and Fifth Grade Boys. In both years, they work toward earning Webelos Activity Badges in twenty different areas, arranged in five groups. Fourth Grade Boys work toward the Webelos Badge. After earning the Webelos Badge. Fifth Graders, after earning the Webelos Badge, earn the Arrow of Light. In addition to the two rank badges, after earning the Webelos Badge, boys work toward the Compass Point Emblem and Metal Compass Points as they earn additional Activity Badges.



Venturing Program


The Venturing program, which replaced the portions of the old Explorer program which were not transferred to the Learning for Life organization, has created a series of awards for Venturers. Keep in mind that Venturing Crews are separate units, in a separate Division of BSA, and should not be confused with the similarly named Venture Patrols which can exist in Boy Scout Troops.

For a brief introduction to the Venturing Program, its advancement program, and how forming a Venturing Crew can supplement to your existing Troop program.

There are a series of three awards, the Bronze, Gold, and Silver Awards, which can be earned in sequence by all Venturers, no matter their specialty; plus the Ranger Award, for Outdoor/High Adventure activity, the TRUST award for Religious Life activities, and the Quest Award, for Fitness and Sports activities.


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