The NCAC Advancement and Recognition Committee (ARC) exists to serve the advancement and recognition needs of our Scouts and provide guidance for the Scouters who administer the program.
The members of the NCAC ARC are the Chairs of the District ARCs and other volunteers. The members of each District ARC are the advancement representatives from each unit within that District. Both Council and District ARCs work to ensure adherence to the requirements established by National and the NCAC.
Continuing advancement during a time of COVID-19 resrictions
During the Coronavirus pandemic, as we do our part to “help other people at all times” to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following the local Sta-at-Home orders, Scouting does not have to stop. We just need to change how we are involved in Scouting. Keep in touch with the Scouts in your Dens, Patrols, Crews and Ships and our leaders via the Internet. Check on them to stay connected and make sure they are doing OK. Keeping youth connected to friends is very important during this time. Hold virtual meetings (keeping Youth Protection in mind) and challenge them to with stay@home Scouting projects. Continue to encourage advancement. They probably have more time to complete requirements without the other distractions of life.
The following are links are to guidelines, policies, and Frequently Asked Questions related to continuing the advancement program during the COVID-19 restrictions.
What is advancement?
“Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank.
Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. It is one of several methods designed to help unit leadership carry out the aims and mission of the Boy Scouts of America.
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, 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.” GTA, Section 2
If you’d like more information about the Committee, advancement, or recognition in the NCAC, please contact your district’s Advancement and Recognition Chair.