As leaders we are challenged to create a program that provides opportunities to experience the learning needed to achieve the advancements built into the boy scout program.
This presents a number of challenges for busy volunteers.
o Knowing all the advancements – especially as they could change from year to year.
o Making time in a yearly schedule to provide opportunities for all the experiences.
o Giving the scouts the authority to schedule and organize the program experiencing leadership.
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Why are we doing this?
“Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank…”
“188.8.131.52 Advancement Is Based on Experiential Learning
Everything done to advance—to earn ranks and other awards and recognition—is designed to educate or to otherwise expand horizons. Members learn and develop according to a standard. This is the case from the time a member joins, and then moves through, the programs of Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing or Sea Scouts. Experiential learning is the key: Exciting and meaningful activities are offered, and education happens. Learning comes from doing. For example, youth may read about first aid, hear it discussed, and watch others administer it, but they will not learn it until they practice it. Rushing a Scout through requirements to obtain a badge is not the goal. Advancement should be a natural outcome of a well-rounded unit program, rich in opportunities to work toward the ranks…”
“Advancement is the method by which we promote and encourage the ongoing involvement and commitment that keeps members coming back for more. It works best when it is built into a unit’s program so that simply participating leads to meaningful achievement and recognition—and to a continually improving readiness for more complex experiences. Note that the methods for Cub Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts are very similar to those of Boy Scouting but worded differently to take into account the needs of the members.”
-Guide to Advancement 2017 Boy Scouts of America.