Advancement

Welcome to the Huguenot Trail DistrictAdvancement page. Here you will find all the information you will need to help your unit with advancement. If you have any specific questions that are not addressed on the website, please feel free to contact us.  All Huguenot Trail units are encouraged to track all advancement online using the  SCOUTNET system.  Remember that the Scout Shop will not sell advancement badges without an advancement report. Thanks! For questions, please contact our Advancement Chair by clicking here.

Cub Scout Advancement

On the advancement trail, a Cub Scout progresses from rank to rank, learning new skills as he goes. Each of the ranks and awards in Cub Scouting has its own requirements. As you advance through the ranks, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities you learn as you get older.

For detailed information please visit the National Scouting site for Cub Scout Advancement.

Arrow of Light

The highest rank in Cub Scouting is the Arrow of Light Award. Earning this rank prepares a Webelos Scout to become a Boy Scout. Webelos Scouts who have earned the Arrow of Light Award have also completed all requirements for the Boy Scout badge. 

This award is the only Cub Scout badge that can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform when a boy graduates into a troop. Adult leaders who earned the Arrow of Light Award when they were young may also show their achievement by wearing a special square knot on their adult uniform. Information about other Awards and Recognition for Cub Scouts can be found on the national site.

Boy Scout Advancement

Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy
Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others. Below are the Boy Scout ranks along with a link listing the requirements for that Rank

Be sure to go to the Eagle Scout section to learn more about Service Project approvals and Eagle Board of Reviews 

For information about Alternative requirements for Scouts with Special needs (Tenderfoot through first class only) visit the national site.

Merit Badges

You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 100 merit badges. Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. You don’t need to have had rank advancement to be eligible. Requirements for the Merit badges below can be found here. To find a local merit badge counselor please contact Ashley A. Wyatt  at the Heart of Virginia Council.

If you are interested in becoming a merit badge counselor, fill out this form and turn it in to the Council office

Eagle Scout

Purpose

The purpose of these guidelines is to inform troop adult leadership and the Eagle Scout Candidates of the proper procedure for requesting and receiving approval of Eagle Projects and for requesting a District Representative to attend Eagle Scout Boards of Review. The District Advancement Committee, which puts these
Guidelines forth, is responsible for approving projects and participating in Eagle Scout Boards of Review.

Attire

When the Eagle Scout Candidate meets with the District Advancement Committee Representative(s) for Project Approval and Boards of
Review, all are expected to wear appropriate attire. Full Scout Uniforms are always appropriate, and are required for the Eagle Scout Candidate. Business casual attire is the minimum expected attire for the District Representative(s). 

Project Approvals

Project workbook can be found HERE. While a Life Scout, a Scout must plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project to any religious institution, school, or community. 

As a demonstration of leadership, the Scout must plan the work, organize the personnel needed, and direct the project to its completion. 

The Eagle service project is an individual matter; therefore, two Eagle candidates may not receive credit for the same project. 

Eagle Scout leadership service projects involving council property or other BSA activities are not acceptable for an Eagle service project. Please follow the guidelines in the Project Workbook to determine if your project is acceptable. Any questions should be addressed to the District Advancement Committee. An Eagle service project should be of significant magnitude to be special and should represent the candidate’s best possible effort. 

It is the responsibility of the Eagle Scout Candidate to contact the District Advancement Committee chairman to schedule an appointment to review his Eagle Scout Project Proposal. These reviews normally are held at the Huguenot Trail District Roundtables. 

When meeting with the District Advancement Committee, it is desirable for the Eagle Scout Candidate to have with him one of the following: his Scoutmaster, his Troop Committee Chairman, or his Troop Advancement Chairman. The Candidate also should have all of his approval signatures for his project proposal. So that all members can have easy access to the Project Proposal Workbook, the Candidate should bring a minimum of four copies of his proposal in addition to the original (with signatures) to Roundtable. 

To make an appointment with the district advancement committee to discuss your project and get it approved, please complete this form.

After the Eagle Scout Candidate has presented his project, the District Advancement Committee will do one of the following:

  • Approve the project as written and allow the Eagle Scout Candidate to proceed working on his project.
  • Approve the project with minor additions and changes and allow the Eagle Scout Candidate to precede working on his project.
  • Not approve the project, explain what needs to be corrected to obtain approval, and set-up a time for approval. If a project is not approved, the Candidate should not seek or expect a second opinion from other District Advancement Committee Members.

Upon completion of the project, a detailed report must be submitted with the Scout’s Eagle application to include the following information:

  • What was the project?
  • How did it benefit others?
  • Who from the group benefiting from the project gave guidance?
  • Who helped carry out the project?
  • What materials were used and how were they acquired?

Although the project plan must be approved before work is begun, the board of review must determine if the project was successfully carried out. Questions that must be answered are:

  • Did the candidate demonstrate leadership of others?
  • Did he indeed direct the project rather than do all of the work himself?
  • Was the project of real value to the religious institution, school, or community group?
  • Who from the group benefiting from the project may be contacted to verify the value of the project?
  • Did the project follow the plan, or were modifications needed to bring it to its completion?

All the work on the project must be done while the candidate is a Life Scout and before the candidate’s 18th birthday. 

The variety of projects performed throughout the nation by Scouts earning their Eagle Scout Award is staggering. For ideas and opportunities, the Scout can consult people such as school administrators, religious leaders, local government department directors, or a United Way agency’s personnel.

Board of Reviews

The Eagle Scout Board of Review is a Troop function, but a District Advancement Committee Representative is required to be in attendance. As a member of the Board of Review, the District Representative has the same privileges as the other members of the board. Only members of the Huguenot Trail District Advancement Committee should serve as district representatives on Eagle Scout
Boards of Review without the approval of the District Advancement Committee Chairman. 

The Chairman of the Board of Review is a Committee Member from the Troop. In certain cases, the District Representative may chair the Board at the request of the troop. Prior to the Board of Review convening, the Eagle Scout Candidate must have already secured all necessary signatures on his Eagle Scout application and on his Eagle Scout Project Workbook. Members of the Board of Review must be 21 years of age or older per National Standard and cannot be a relative of the scout or a scoutmaster in the scout’s troop. All Boards of Review should be held within 90 days of a Scout turning 18. If it is necessary to hold a Board of Review after these 90 days, the Troop Committee Chairman must contact the District Advancement Committee Chairman. 

To contact the district advancement committee and schedule an Eagle Board of Review, please complete this form. Make sure to have provided your references with copies of the Eagle Scout Letter of Recommendation, your troop’s Advancement Chairman should have received these references by the time of your board of review.  Please make sure you follow the Eagle Scout Project and Board of Review Guidelines.

If the Eagle Scout Candidate is not successful at the Board of Review, he will be made aware of the reasons leading to this decision and, when practical, he will be told what to do in order to be successful at a future Board of Review. As with all Boards of Review, the Candidate must pass by a unanimous decision.

Scouts with Special Needs

Questions regarding alternative Eagle Scout requirements for a Scout with special needs can be answered here. Additional information can also be found on the National Site.  If you have any further questions, please consult the National Advancement Guidelines or contact the District Advancement Chair.

Special Awards (Youth and Adult)

Special opportunities exist for both Scouts and their leaders. Some awards are age specific while others can be earned by all. Please take advantage of the wonderful programs and use the links below to find more information on these popular awards


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