The main resources for information on Boy Scout Advancement are:
- Guide to Advancement
- Boy Scout Requirements (Current Year)
The information in the latest editions of these two documents are the official positions of the Boy Scouts of America and supercede information in previous versions or in other documents. Each unit should obtain the current copy of each of these documents. No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to or subtract from any advancement requirement.
The Guide to Advancement, issued in early October 2011, replaces the Advancement Committtee Policies and Procedures and contains some significant changes and clarifies a number of advancement related issues. Every Troop should have at least one copy for reference.
Additional information is contained in:
- Boy Scout Handbook
- Scoutmaster Handbook
- Troop Committee Handbook
- Merit Badge Pamphlets
- Advancement Educational Presentations
There are numerous other online resources for advancement. The quality and accuracy of these sites varies. While it may be worthwhile to check out these resources, the BSA documents are the official resources. With some of the changes in the Guide to Advancement, many of these sites will be out of date, so be careful in using them.