2021 BSA Guide to Advancement Updates

The BSA Guide to Advancement has been updated

The current edition of the Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs: Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts.

It replaces any previous BSA advancement manuals and previous editions of the Guide to Advancement.

Almost every section of Guide to Advancement, No. 33088 (PDF) has received some minor or major revisions since the last edition.

Readers are encouraged to carefully review the entire guide, especially those topics frequently referenced.

In particular, the following sections merit close review: 

  • Section 4 Mechanics of Advancement
  • Section 7 The Merit Badge Program (completely rewritten)
  • Section 8 Boards of Review: An Overview for All Ranks
  • Section 9 The Eagle Scout Rank
  • Section 10 Advancement for Members with Special Needs
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