It's For All Scouting Volunteers!
As a movement whose leadership is overwhelmingly volunteer, the Boy Scouts of America recognizes the importance of acknowledging the invaluable services that men and women render to youth. Of the hundreds of awards that the BSA presents each year to those on the local council, regional, and national levels, the Silver Buffalo , Silver Antelope , Silver Beaver , and Silver World awards are the most prestigious. Although the criteria are different for each of these awards, there is one common thread: The recognitions are granted by one's own peers in Scouting for distinguished service to youth. Other BSA awards, by comparison, are granted only to those who have completed a prescribed course of study or have participated in special training sessions.
Training, Service, and Longevity awards.
The training awards and keys are designed to recognize unit Scouters for tenure, training, and performance in their leadership roles.
For Cub Scouts
For Boy Scouts
The Boy Scouts of America and the Council strongly believes that every youth deserves a trained leader. Parents expect to have their boys led by quality-trained leaders, and upon recruitment, we promise to train new leaders in their positions. To achieve this objective, the Boy Scouts of America have designed interactive training sessions. Basic leader specific training is required, along with youth protection and many other courses to allow leaders to be most effective. There are numerous other training opportunities offered during the calendar year, ranging from outdoor leadership to swim defense and weather hazard safety.
More information at: BSA Training
The National BSA has provided Online training for scouting and has now made several training opportunities available in one location. You will need to register before your first use.
E-Learning Online Training at My Scouting
The following training courses are available at the E-Learning site:
For Unit Leaders:
To check your leaders’ training status, go to: My Scouting
Log on to your account
Click on “training validation” on left side of screen
Click “All Training”
Click on pull-down menu by Username to specify search by Member ID
Use your charter to find membership number for each leader
Required courses are:
Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank in the Scouting program. Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. Everything done to advance and earn these ranks, from joining until leaving the program, should be designed to help the young person have an exciting and meaningful experience.
Education and fun are functions of the Scouting movement, and they must be the basis of the advancement program. A fundamental principle of advancement in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Venturing is the growth a young person achieves as a result of his/her participation in unit program.
It is the responsibility of the Council Advancement Committee to oversee the advancement program within the council area.
Council and district advancement committees implement procedures that help achieve the following advancement principles.
Personal growth is the prime consideration in the advancement program. Scouting skills—what a young person knows how to do—are important, but they are not the most important aspect of advancement. Scouting's concern is the total growth of youth. This growth may be measured by how youth live the Scouting ideals, and how they do their part in their daily lives.
Learning by doing. A Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Venturer may read about fire building or good citizenship. He/she may hear it discussed, and watch others in action, but he/she has not learned first aid until he/she has done it.
Each youth progresses at his or her own rate. Advancement is not a competition among individual young people, but is an expression of their interest and participation in the program. Youth must be encouraged to advance steadily and set their own goals with guidance from their parents, guardians, or leaders.
A badge is recognition of what a young person is able to do, not merely a reward for what he or she has done. The badge is proof of certain abilities, and is not just a reward for the completion of a task.
Advancement encourages Scouting ideals. Scouting teaches a young person how to care for himself/herself and help others. Advancement should reflect the desire to live the Cub Scout, Boy Scout, or Venturing Oath in his/her daily life.