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Scouts BSA Advancement & Awards

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

Scouts BSA Advancement Resources

Merit Badge Counselors

Please contact the Registrar 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 the Scoutmaster, unit counselor lists should not be made available to Scouts online.

Special Opportunities for Scouts BSA

In addition to rank requirements and merit badges, 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