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Saturday, August 23, 2014
Life to Eagle Seminar

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Cub Scout Advancement Workshop
Scout to Life Rank Trail

Advancement Links

Youth Development Committee

Preliminary Application for Lifesaving or Meritorious Award

Webelos to Scout Transition Plan

Leadership Information as to the Process of the Life to Eagle Process in a Unit


Advancement is one of the methods of Scouting in all levels of Scouting. Information on Advancement can be found in the Guide to Advancement 2011, as well as in the Handbooks for each level of Scouting.

Each month the National Advancement committee publishes an Advancement Newsletter. To subscribe to this newsletter send an email to Put SUBSCRIBE in the subject line and in the body of the email put your name email address and council affiliation. The newsletter archive is available here.

Roundtables are another good resource for Advancement related topics. Each district hosts a Roundtable monthly. Please see the Roundtable page for details.

Cub Scout Specific Resources
     Cub Scout Leader Book

Boy Scout Specific Resources
     Advancement and Awards
     Merit Badge Counselor Application
     Frostfire Award Requirements


Internet Advancement Notice to All Units in Northwest Suburban Council

As of January 1, 2014, the Northwest Suburban Council will accept only Internet Advancement paperwork for recording Scouts’ advancements. Some units are already going online and using the system. It is much more efficient and timely to enter the Scouts’ advancement this way. The paperwork that is turned in, when you purchase the awards, is the same as it always was: Two copies of the printable report to be left in the Scout Shop, and for Boy Scouts the 1/3 section of the blue MB Application card.

At the September Roundtable there will be an envelope for each Unit with information and instructions and the Unit ID Number needed to begin the process.

The Youth Development Committee is also offering Advancement Training seminars on September 28, which will cover not only basic advancement for each program, but also Internet Advancements. Click here to find helpful links.

For questions you may have, contact either Dee Ryan at 847-824-6886,
Paul Whittenhall at 847-824-6880, or your District Advancement Chairman.