Advancement Documents


Cub Scouting
Boy Scouting
Venturing


A number of Scouters have provided various Spreadsheets, Word Documents, PDF Files, PowerPoint presentations, etc. for use by other Scouters for tracking advancements in the various Scouting sections.


Cub Scouting

Advancement Tracking Spreadsheets by Richard Diesslin (right-click on these links and save to your hard drive).

Current Advancement Requirements: Excel Format
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Cub Awards Tracking - Version 1.4 (Pack)
{revised 2/13/14}
Cub_Awards_Tracking_v1.4.xls Cub_Awards_Tracking_v1.4.zip
Tiger Cub Scouts - Version 1.3 (Den)
{revised 4/1/06}
TIGER_v1.3.xls TIGER_v1.3.zip
Wolf Cub Scouts - Version 4.2 (Den)
{revised 4/1/06}
WOLF_v4.2.xls WOLF_v4.2.zip
Bear Cub Scouts - Version 7.1 (Den)
{revised 1/10/10}
BEAR_v7.1xls BEAR.zip
Webelos Scouts - Version 6.5 (Den)
{revised 4/1/06}
WEBELOS_V6.5.xls WEBELOS_V6.5.zip
Current Award Requirements: Excel Format
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Summertime Activity Award Version 1.2 (Pack) {revised 4/1/06} Summertime_awards_v1.2.xls Summertime_awards_v1.2.zip
Adult Award Tracking Spreadsheet 5.0 (Pack)
{revised 2/13/14}
ADULT_v5.0.xls ADULT_v5.0.zip
Centennial Award - Version 1.1 (Pack)
{revised 4/22/07}
Centennial_award_1.1.xls Centennial_award_1.1.zip
Additional Files
Den Planning Sheets (PDF format, also included with each spreadsheet) Den_Planning_Forms.pdf
All spreadsheets in a single ZIP compressed File: cub_tracking.zip (234K)
PowerPoint Training Presentation on Centennial Award centennial_training_usscouts.ppt

Cub Scout Advancement Workbooks - Workbooks with the current requirements for a large number of Cub Scout Advancements. The workbooks developed and maintained by the USSSP, with some assistance from Scouters at meritbadge.org. The current versions of these workbooks are available in "fillable" PDF and DOCX formats. Scouts can download the files to their home computers, enter information on them, and save their work, or print them and enter the information by hand. Most of the workbooks are also available for download from the meritbadge.org website.

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Boy Scouting

Sample Merit Badge Application - This is a sample of a completed Merit Badge Application (34124A) "Blue Card" with instructions for the Scout, Counselor, and Unit Leader on how it should be completed.

Power Point Presentation on Scouting for the DisAbledby Terry Thrasher

Power Point Presentation for Eagle Scout Candidates by Mike Walton

This is a set of worksheets that you can use to gather all of the information you will need to fill out your Application for Eagle Scout Rank Award.  It has been updated to reflect the 2014 Requirements, including the changes regarding the Sustainability and Cooking merit badges

Trail to Eagle Presentations - submitted by James Eager- Gulf Ridge Council and Joe Larkin - Central Florida Council

A series of PowerPoint Presentations and handouts on the process of advancing from Life Scout to Eagle Scout.  This series of documents has been updated to reflect current practices compliant with the 2013 Guide to Advancement, the current Eagle Service Project Workbook, and the most recent changes to the requirements for Eagle Scout. The handouts are PDF versions of the PowerPoint presentations.  (Note, however, that the application form used to prepare the slides does not include Cooking as a required merit badge, since the new form was not available when the slides were prepared.)

Trail to Eagle Overview PowerPoint Handout
Project Ideas PowerPoint Handout
The Eagle Service Project Workbook PowerPoint Handout
The Eagle Application PowerPoint Handout
What to Expect at the Eagle Board of Review PowerPoint Handout
The Eagle Board of Review PowerPoint Handout
Planning the Eagle Court of Honor PowerPoint Handout

Power Point Presentation for Explaining the Eagle Project Planning Process by Kris Sorenson, Calumet Council, Ridge Trails District Advancement Committee

This presentation was developed by the Calumet Council, Ridge Trails District Advancement Committee and has been made available through the US Scouting Service Project with permission. It is recommended that a copy of the Eagle Application and Project Workbook be handed out during the presentation, along with copies of slides 24-34 of the presentation.

Venture Program Powerpoint Presentation by Cooper Wright (Updated 12/8/2002) This discusses the use of a Venture Patrol within Scout Troops.

Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Powerpoint Presentation, developed and submitted by Jeff Glaze for the Hightower Trail District, Atlanta Area Council.

Merit Badge Counselor Database for Districts and Councils. These are ZIP files (approx 100 KB each), developed by James Eager, of the Thunderbird District, Gulf Ridge Council, containing 3 files: (1) An empty Access Data Base, (2) An rtf file with instructions, and (3) a pdf file of the instructions (the rtf and pdf files contain the exact same information).  The RTF file can be opened by most word processing programs, like MSWord, WordPerfect, etc. The database is for tracking Merit Badge counselors within a District. The one minor stipulation on it's use is spelled out in the documentation (one small piece may not be changed, to allow people to contact the author for changes / updates). Anyone wishing to use this program will need a copy of any version of Microsoft Access from version 97 onwards. There are two different versions, depending on the version of Access you will be using.
Download this version if you are going to use Access 97, Access 2000, or Access 2002
Download this version if you are going to use Access 2003 or later

Eagle Scout Rank Application and Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook

BSA has PDF versions of the Eagle Scout Rank Application (No 512-728), and the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (No. 512-927) on their site. They can be used as the forms submitted to BSA for an Eagle Scout candidate.

Eagle Scout Rank Application (No 512-728)
Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (No.512-927) This link takes you to a page with instructions for downloading and using the current workbook, which is available in both PC and MAC versions.

Eagle Scout Reference Requests. These are sample form letters, that can be used by a District or Council Advancement Committee for requesting References from the individuals identified on an Eagle Scout Candidate's Application form.  They include a copy of the Scout Oath and Law for use as a basis for evaluating the Scout's qualities.  One version is designed to be mailed to the references by the Council or District. The second is designed to be given to the Scout, who can then give them to the references personally, when he asks if they would be willing to provide the reference.  In either case, the letter should be accompanied by a self addressed stamped envelope, addressed to the District or Council Advancement Committee or Eagle Board of Review Chairman, which should be used for forwarding the references in a confidential manner.

Reference Letter 1 (For mailing by District or Council)
Reference Letter 2 (For hand delivery by the Scout)

Advancement Workbooks for Scout through Tenderfoot.  These are workbooks, similar to the Merit Badge workbooks below, for use by Scouts working toward the Joining Requirements (Scout badge) and the first three ranks (Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class). They are available in DOCX or PDF format.

Scout Word Format PDF Format
Tenderfoot Word Format PDF Format
Second Class Word Format PDF Format
First Class Word Format PDF Format

Advancement Checklists for Star through Eagle Palms.  These checklists are designed to be similar to the advancement workbooks we've provided, for use by Scouts working toward the higher ranks (Star, Life, and  Eagle), and Eagle Palms.

Star Word Format PDF Format
Life Word Format PDF Format
Eagle Word Format PDF Format
Eagle Palms Word Format PDF Format

Boy Scout Nova and Supernova Award Workbooks - These are workbooks, similar to the Merit Badge workbooks below, for use by Scouts working toward the Boy Scout Nova and Supernova Awards. They are available in DOCX or "fillable" PDF format.

Merit Badge Workbooks

Click Here For a complete list of workbooks with the current requirements for all current merit badges.  The workbooks were originally developed by a number of different Scouting volunteers for their local units and provided to the USSSP for use by all Scouts.  They are now developed and maintained by the USSSP, with some assistance from Scouters at meritbadge.org.  The current versions of these workbooks are available in "fillable" PDF and DOCX formats. Scouts can download the files to their home computers, enter information on them, and save their work, or print them and enter the information by hand. The workbooks are also available for download from the meritbadge.org website.

In addition to the workbooks, we have a group of documents, forms, and checklists that can be used by Scouts working on some of the merit badges, or for general use. All of these are included as attachments to the workbooks for the merit badges to which they apply, but they are also available for separate use.

  • Documents
    • BSA Safe Swim Defense - DOCX or PDF - For all swimming and aquatics merit badges
    • BSA Safety Afloat - DOCX or PDF - For all aquatics merit badges
    • BSA Wilderness Use Policy, Principles of Leave No Trace, and Outdoor Code - DOCX or PDF for all camping related merit badges
    • BSA Water Sports Safety Code - DOCX or PDF - for Water Sports merit badge
  • Forms
    • Fingerprint Card- DOCX or PDF - for use in the Fingerprinting merit badge or by parents for child identification
    • Pedigree Chart - DOCX or PDF for use in Genealogy merit badge
    • Family Group Record Chart - DOCX or PDF for use in Genealogy merit badge
  • Checklists
    • Bicycle Safety Checklist - DOCX  or PDF for use in Cycling merit badge
    • Home Electrical Safety Inspection Checklist - DOCX or PDF for use in Electricity merit badge
    • Home Energy Audit Checklist - DOCX or PDF for use in Energy merit badge
    • Home Safety Checklist - DOCX or PDF for use in Crime Prevention merit badge
    • Home Safety Checklist - DOCX or PDF for use in Fire Safety, Emergency Preparedness, and Safety merit badges

We also have a group of images of graph paper, maps, and a page of blank music staves which can be downloaded.  All of the images, which are used in the workbooks, are in GIF format.

Fly Fishing Questions and Answers used for teaching the Merit Badge

Computers PowerPoint Presentation used for teaching the Merit Badge,
prepared by Tom Foss and Jose Remon

Citizenship in the Community PowerPoint Presentation used for teaching the Merit Badge, prepared by Tamie Balderrama

Quizzes on First Aid, the Flag, Citizenship, and Knots, developed by Gene von Rosenberg

Scout Spirit Scavenger Hunt.  A worksheet for Scouts to use to prepare for discussion of Scout Spirit at their Scoutmaster Conferences, developed by Rick Seymour

Essay on Advancement by John M. Teske, Southern Trails Advancement Chairman

Advancement Forms

The following documents and forms and many others can be found on the BSA Advancement Resources Web page: (www.scouting.org/advancement).

Application for Merit Badge (reproduces BSA Form 34124) This is a fillable PDF file that allows you to create Merit Badge Application "Blue Cards" with name(s), merit badge names and unit and counselor information. As you enter the information, it inserts the same information correctly in all other appropriate places on the form. The cards can then be printed front and back on 8 1/2" x 11" card stock (3 per sheet).

Merit Badge Counseling - based on BSA Form 34520
A Guide for Counselors - Word document developed by Mike Poretsky

Miscellaneous Documents

Similarities and Differences between Venture, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing in tabular form, originally contributed by Michael R. Brown and expanded to include Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts

A ZIP file of all of the GIFS of the current Merit Badges and a text file listing the Merit Badges and the BSA assigned numbers and the file names of the GIFS.  The Text file can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.

Eagle Light Box Presentation - This is a PowerPoint presentation and script that is a digital version of the old light box presentation where the "Voice of the Eagle" explains the various parts of the Eagle medal, which was created by Marquita Serio. Download both the PPT file and the DOC file.

Powerpoint  slides - PPT File
Word - script - DOC file

Mr. D's Merit Badge Review - This is a spreadsheet listing Richard Diesslin's recommendations on each of the current merit badges (Current as of August 27, 2014), listing the number of requirements, difficulty, how long it should take to complete, any prerequisites, and general comments.  The spreadsheet is available as a PDF or Excel file (XLSX ) for download, or as a web page for on-line viewing.

Excel Spreadsheet (XLSX - 29KB)
PDF (75KB)
Web Page

Advancement Guidelines - This is an explanation of the process for Boy Scout Advancement, including suggestions for record keeping, prepared by Sarah Nunez, of Troop 880 in Amarillo, Texas, in Golden Spread Council.  It's available as a Word Document for download, or as a web page for on-line viewing.

Word Document
Web Page

National Outdoor Award Tracking Spreadsheet - This is an Excel spreadsheet that allows tracking of the requirements for the award and the various segments.  The spreadsheet is in XLSX format, and thus requires use of Excel 2007 or later. Our thanks to Alan Ritter and Dave Ebert, who created this spreadsheet..

 Excel Spreadsheet (129KB)

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Venturing

Venturing Nova and Supernova Award Workbooks - These are workbooks, similar to the Merit Badge workbooks described above, for use by Venturers and Sea Scouts working toward the Venturing Nova and Supernova Awards. They are available in DOCX or "fillable" PDF format.

Similarities and Differences between Venture, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing in tabular form, originally contributed by Michael R. Brown and expanded to include Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts

Venturing Methods

Venturing Awards Requirements (PDF File - 85KB) by Matt Petrik

Venturing Advancement Opportunities Chart (PDF File - 499KB) by J. Soni Davidson

Venturing Crew Advancement Tracking Spreadsheet, by Brad Andrews (XLS file - 76KB)

Power Point Presentations provided by
Brad Harris, Associate Director, Venturing Division, BSA

Venturing - The Next Step (666KB)
Venturing Leader Specific Training (209 KB)

Power Point Presentations supplied by George Crowl

Venturing Awards (955 KB)
Venturing Commissioner Training (724KB)
Venturing Specific Leader Training (1.3 MB)

Power Point Presentation on Scouting for the DisAbled by Terry Thrasher

Venturing Gold Award Application Form supplied by Russell Holeman
(RTF File - 69KB)

Venturing First Aid - When Help is Delayed supplied by Russell Holeman. (411KB)
Here is the description he provided:

One of the requirements in the Venture Ranger Award program is to participate in a When Help is Delayed or an equivalent course. I had a difficult time trying to get my crew members scheduled into the local Red Cross - When Help is Delayed training. As a result of this, I have compiled information from the Boy Scout First Aid Training, Red Cross First Aid Training, and Red Cross - When Help is Delayed into a session called "Venturing First Aid - When Help is Delayed." This is a power point presentation which is designed to be presented at a crew meeting or during a one hour training session at a campout.

Links to Other Power Point Presentations (These are NOT on the USSSP site)

Venturing Adult Leader Basic Training (Generic Venturing version)
Venturing Adult Leader Basic Training (Sea Scouting version)

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