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(Fort Bragg, North Carolina)
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Advancement and Awards

Advancement and Awards Information about the process and why. 

Awards Central   Boy Scouts of America’s repository for information about official awards and recognitions. 

Questions about advancement and/or Awards? Please contact the Advancement Chair or speak with her at a troop meeting. Remember when contacting an adult leader, scouts should always include another adult such as your parent or another scout leader in the email or text message. 


4 Steps to Advancement

  1. The scout learns
  2. The scout is tested.
  3. The scout is reviewed. 
  4. The scout is recognized.
 Overview  The first four ranks (scout, tenderfoot, second class, first class) focus on scout skills and can be worked on simultaneously but must be earned in order. Requirement completion may be signed by a scout two ranks higher, an assistant scout master, or the scout master. The signature and date in the scout handbook  must be legible.  Upon completing a requirement, the scout or parent, may enter the completion in Then the scout should show the Advancement chair the signed handbook so the Advancement chair can mark the requirement as approved in scoutbook. Thus there are two records maintained for each scout - the Scouts BSA Handbook and the online scoutbook.


Scoutbook Tutorial for Parents 

Advancement Using Scoutbook youtube video 


Resources you can use to work on rank advancement and merit badges. Check out these 30 day challenges. 


Life Scouts and Eagle Scouts check out the Eagle Resources on the Links page of our Troop 82 website. 


from Highlander District facebook page 4/13/2020 = The new COVID-19 updates were just posted. Here is the link: This now includes all the rank requirement changes. NO CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO STAR, LIFE or EAGLE.

Tenderfoot rank requirements
1b. – Virtual patrol or troop campouts via video conferencing will be permitted.
2a. – During the same day as your virtual patrol or troop campout, assist in preparing one meal with the help of those with whom you live. Tell your patrol or troop why it was important for each person to share in meal preparation and cleanup.
2b. – During the same day as your virtual campout, demonstrate the appropriate method of safely cleaning items used to prepare, serve and eat a meal.
5a. – Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Verbally commit to following the buddy system on your next troop or patrol outing.
7a. – Tell how to display, raise, lower, and fold the U.S. flag.
Second Class rank requirements:
1a & 1c. – Virtual patrol or troop activities via video conferencing will be permitted.
3b. – Using a compass and map together, plan a 5-mile hike approved by your adult leader.
4. – Evidence of wild animals can be demonstrated with information or photos of your local area found online.
5c. – May be completed virtually via video conferencing on dry land.
7c. – Learn about the dangers of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss what you learned with your family and explain the dangers of substance addictions. Report to your Scoutmaster or other adult leader in your troop about which parts of the Scout Oath and Scout Law relate to what you learned.
8a. – May be completed virtually using video conferencing.
8d. – May be completed by comparing costs at three (3) online sites or locations.
First Class rank requirements:
1a – Virtual patrol or troop activities via video conferencing will be permitted.
2e. – On the same day as your virtual campout, serve as the cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in First Class requirement 2a. Supervise the cleanup.
4a. – By drawing, computer software, or other virtual methods, plan an orienteering course that would cover at least one mile. Explain why measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.) is helpful. Explain how you would complete your course using a real map and compass.
4b. – Scouts do not need to follow their route.
5a. – Evidence of native plants can be demonstrated with information or photos of your local area found online.
6e. – May be completed on dry land.
9a. – Visit may take place virtually or by phone.
9c. – Outings can include past or future plans.
10. – Invite the potential new member to a virtual meeting or future activity using video conferencing.

Please advise the units you serve of these temporary changes, all of which are listed on the FAQ at the link provided.

Stay safe and Good Scouting!

Ed Miller, Chairman
Occoneechee Council Advancement Committee