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.
Minor Modifications to Scouts BSA Rank Requirements
Beginning August 1, 2022, minor modifications to the Scouts BSA requirements for the ranks of Scout through Star will take effect.
These adjustments will help more effectively build a Scout’s outdoor ethics knowledge and align with the information in the Scouts BSA Handbook and Fieldbook. The requirements now build in a logical way through the ranks, with Leave No Trace (LNT) and the Outdoor Code (OC) used as references throughout.. Scouts may continue using the existing requirements for the rank on which they are currently working, or they may choose to use the new requirements. Scouts must use the new requirements once they advance to their next rank. On January 1, 2023, all Scouts must use only the new requirements.
In addition, beginning July 1, 2022, the Citizenship in Society merit badge becomes required for the rank of Eagle.
Finally, new videos were created to support “Personal Safety Awareness” (chapter 13) of the Scouts BSA Handbook. These can be used as an alternative to earning the Cyber Chip.
The specific changes can be found here. (PDF)
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.