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Why Advancement?

Sir Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell of Gilwell, was a genius. The legacy that he left to us was the Scouting program that nations could use to shape the character, personal fitness, and citizenship of the youth around the world. One of the methods the BSA uses to fulfill these aims of Scouting is advancement.

Baden-Powell once said, “Scouting is a game with a purpose.” The “game” of Scoutng is called “program”; how Scouts keep score is called “advancement.” Starting with Lion, Scouts are required to go on adventures to fulfill the advancement requirements. Adventures are fun! Having fun will keep a Scout in Scouting. This gives us time to influence their character, help them develop their personal fitness, and learn citizenship skills.

As the Scout continues in Cub Scouting, each one does things with the den that produce a sense of belonging. A sense of belonging keeps the youth in Cub Scouting. Also, in the den, the Cub Scout learns skills that make even greater adventures possible. Greater adventures mean even more fun. More fun means that the individual stays in the pack even longer. And on and on it goes to the next level.

When our Scouts joins a troop, they must learn more skills. These additional skills make more challenging adventures possible. The skills learned mean that our Scouts feel comfortable trying the more advanced adventures. More advanced adventures are even more fun. More fun keeps the Scouts in Scouting, giving us even more time to shape the character, personal fitness, and citizenship of each Scout. Along the way the Scouts complete more advancement requirements by taking leadership positions and learning leadership skills.

Throughout all of this advancement requires that our youth grow in the ideals of Scouting.

B-P was a genius and you can look like a genius, too, if you use B-P’s game of Scouting to keep our youth in Scouting.

Now, isn’t that what we’re all about?

*Reprinted from Advancement News, March - June 2018, Vol.8, No.2

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