Harford Scouts BSA Advancement

Advancement Update:


There is a new Eagle Scout project workbook you find it at the link below. The 2019 workbook will not be accepted after January 31, 2021.


Harford District Advancement Resources:

Welcome to the Harford District’s Advancement webpage. Here is where you can find relevant content that can answer your advancement questions.

Things to know:


Harford’s District Advancement Chair is named Dave Bilger. He is a dedicated volunteer who can help answer your questions about Advancement and he is the District’s point of contact when it comes to advancement.

If you would like to speak with Dave, he can be reached at his email address harfordeagle@aol.com

What are the Scouts BSA ranks?

When a youth joins Scouts BSA after being in Cub Scouting, there are new opportunities and adventures, as well as new ranks and advancements they can earn. As stated in the Guide to Advancement, “All Scouts BSA awards, merit badges, badges of rank, and Eagle Palms are only for registered Scouts, including Lone Scouts, and also for qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts who are not yet 18 years old. Venturers and Sea Scouts qualify by achieving First Class rank as a Scout or Lone Scout, or Varsity Scout (prior to January 1, 2018). The only exceptions for those older than age 18 are related to Scouts registered beyond the age of eligibility (“Registering Qualified Members Beyond Age of Eligibility,” and those who have been granted time extensions to complete the Eagle Scout rank (“Time Extensions,”

The ranks of Scouts BSA are:

Scout: Scout rank is oriented toward learning the basic information every youth needs to know to be a good Scout. It starts with the Scout demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan and then introduces the Scout to basic troop operations and safety concerns.

Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks are oriented toward learning and practicing skills that will help Scouts develop confidence and fitness, challenge their thought processes, introduce them to their responsibilities as citizens, and prepare them for exciting and successful Scouting experiences. Requirements for the Scout, Tenderfoot,  Second Class, and First Class ranks may be worked on simultaneously; however, these ranks must be earned in sequence.

All requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle, except for those related to merit badges, must be fulfilled after the successful completion of a board of review for the previous rank. In Scouts BSA, advancement requirements must be passed as written. If, for example, a requirement uses words like “show,” “demonstrate,” or “discuss,” then that is what Scouts must do. Filling out a worksheet, for example, would not suffice.

What is Life to Eagle?

Life to Eagle is a pivotal point in a Scout’s career. We don’t mean life as in the life you’re living right now. When you hear Life to Eagle, we are talking about Life Rank, which is a rank a member of Scouts BSA can earn and it helps get you toward the finish line of Eagle Scout. Learn more about it here by reading below. http://www.baltimorebsa.org/harford/lifetoeagle/

What is an Eagle Scout Project?

You’re probably already familiar with an Eagle Scout project if you’ve made it this far down the page, but if not, an Eagle Scout project is a service project that an eagle scout plans, executes, and completes in order to be able to get the rank of Eagle. This project is part of the process where scouts have an opportunity to help their community and be good citizens in their community and nation. If you have questions about how to get your project submitted, approved, and what’s required, please email Dave Bilger at harfordeagle@aol.com

All Eagle Scout projects need to be reviewed in order to move forward and be completed.

Eagle Scout Proposal Reviews

Merit Badge Counselors

Merit Badge Counselors play a critical role in the formation of a scout and their ability to advance, often it is through the instruction of a merit badge counselor that youth are able to explore hobbies in a fun and engaging way, while also becoming well rounded in a variety of skills that they can apply to their lives when they become adults. Merit badge counselors are able to give back in a rewarding way and sharing their interests and hobbies with youth. 

Interested in being a Merit Badge Counselors?

To become a Merit Badge Counselor, you need to fill out several documents in order to apply.

You must submit an Adult Application completely, a merit badge counselor application (this indicates what badges you will be teaching), a criminal background check authorization form filled out and signed. This position is a District position, so if you are previously involved in your unit you must fill out an application if you are registering for the first time as a Merit Badge Counselor.

Applications should be sent to your District Executive and the Merit Badge Dean. Harford’s Merit Badge Dean is Jenn Kuck, her email is jkkuck@gmail.com.


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