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Boy Scout Advancement & Awards

Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

Boy Scout Advancement Resources

Merit Badge Counselors

Please contact the Registrar at heather.giesey@scouting.org to receive an updated Merit Badge Counselor list. According to the Guide to Advancement, "Due to concerns about merit badge counselor privacy, and since Scouts should receive the names and contact information from teh Scoutmaster, unit counselor lists should not be made available to Scouts online.

Special Opportunities for Boy Scouts

In addition to rank requirements and merit badges, Boy Scouts may earn a number of other badges and awards.

Hiking Awards

Conservation Awards

Aquatic Emblems

Other Awards and Emblems


For more information, contact your District Advancement Chair.

Black Swamp Area Council
2100 Broad Avenue, Findlay Ohio
(419) 422-4356