What is Rank Advancement?
Advancement is the process by which scouts progress from rank to rank. It is a
means to an end, not an end itself. The main purpose of advancement is the
growth the scout achieves when he actively participates in the scouting
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.