Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Wed, 21 Jul 1993 19:18:00 MST
First be sure everyone on that committee gets a copy of "Advancement
Guidelines Council and District Functions" from the Council office or
national Supply (If they do not have it, your scout office should be able to
This book has a section two pages long in my 1990 copy on District
Advancement Committee Responsibilities. There are two and one half pages
on Council Advancement Responsibilities. Your chairman is a member of the
Council Advancment Committee.
For Cub packs and I quote:
* Help unit commissioners explain advancemnt procedures to new packs
* Visit the pack leaders' meeting at least once a year to review the Cub
Scout Advancment plan, using the ....
* Emphasize the importance of each Cub Scout's earning the rank of this
* Stress the importance of regular advancemnt reports from the pack to the
council service center.
* Promote prompt awarding of badges to the boys.
* Encourage the Cub Scout pack to participate in council or district
advancment programs, such as skilloramas.
In Explorer Posts:
*Ensure that the service team members are aware of advancement procedures
for qualified Explorers to continue their rank advancement.
Note: With Explorers, some councils have separate divisions to handle
their needs including advancement.
This is what the book says, now you need to find creative ways to
impliment these policies. When I was advancement chairman I would do
things like volunteer to present the course material on Advancment to both
Cub and Scout leader training courses.
Encouraging participation and reporting at all levels is important and
vital for the Boy Scouts when it comes time to appy for Eagle.
Many Explorers aware of the awards specifically available for Explorers. I
was an explorer for over two years, but never heard of the Explorer
Achievement Award until Mike Walton said something about it.
Lifesaving, Meritorious Action Awards, and the William T. Hornaday Awards
are available to all levels of scouting and people need educating about
Remember, District Advancmement committe is more than just doing Eagle
Scout Boards of Review. Advancement is one of the seven methods of
scoutting and important at all levels.
All Cub and Scout units need advancment for a
National Honor Unit Award.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemmens): "Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw
those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City