Advancement Opportunities

Whether you are just starting your Scouting journey, close to your goal of reaching Eagle, or just looking for interesting things to learn about, BSA’s advancement program has something for you.  The resources below will help connect you with information and opportunities for rank advancement.

Merit Badges

There are well over 100 merit badges, covering every interest from American Business to Woodworking.  With so many choices, where do you even begin?  Check out these resources to find out about merit badges and how you can earn them. is a popular online listing of merit badges with requirements for each.  Ready to earn one?  Get a blue card, and the name of a merit badge counselor from your unit leader to get started.  More...

Merit Badge Fair – NCAC Jewish Committee on Scouting – January 6 2019

The National Capital Area Council Jewish Committee on Scouting invites Boy Scouts of all faiths to participate in a Merit Badge Fair. Join us on Sunday January 6, 2019 and bring a blue card to work on one of the following merit badges: Aviation, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Chemistry, Communication, Electricity, Family Life, Fingerprinting, Genealogy, Nuclear Science, Personal Management, Photography, Public Speaking, Space Exploration.

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Life to Eagle

Life to Eagle Resources

Are you ready to reach the summit of Eagle Mountain?  These Life to Eagle resources will help you reach your goal.   More…

Do you need Eagle Project ideas, tips or assistance filling out your Eagle application? Join us for a Life to Eagle Seminar for help. The next seminar takes place on September 15th. Click here for more information.

Special Awards

Go beyond rank advancement to earn awards that recognize your interest and accomplishments in topics of value to Scouts — citizenship, outdoor ethics and more.

American Legion Veterans Remembrance Patch

The American Legion Veterans Remembrance Patch recognizes Scouts who participate in participate in activities memorializing the sacrifices of US veterans in the cause of freedom.  A guide… [more]

Conservation and Outdoor Ethics

The Outdoor Code and Principles of Leave No Trace are integral to many activities in the world of Scouting.  Demonstrate your commitment and knowledge of conservation by earning the Outdoor Ethics, Outdoor Ethics Action, NCAC Outdoor Ethics Awareness, Conservation Good Turn, or William Hornaday award. [more]