The Guide to Advancement is More Than Just a Guide

There is more to this book than just a name.  The Guide to Advancement is the BSA’s definitive handbook to BSA policies and procedures surrounding advancement.  There are parts of it that, by policy, we all must adhere to. 

Which parts?  On the second page of the handbook, you will find the following paragraph: 

Mandated Procedures and Recommended Practices – 

This publication clearly identifies mandated procedures with words such as “must” and “shall.” Where such language is used, no council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to deviate from the procedures covered without the written permission of the National Advancement Program Team. Recommended best practices are offered using words like “should,” while other options and guidelines are indicated with terms such as “may” or “can.” Refer questions on these to your local district or council advancement chairs or staff advisors. They, in turn, may request interpretations and assistance from the National Advancement Program Team.”

Advancement policies and procedures get really tight for troops in Scouts BSA. 

Find out what they are and how to correctly follow them at our class, Advancement for Troop Leaders and Parents, this March. See: for more information.

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