Advancement Chairman

The Troop Advancement Chair is appointed by the Committee Chairman to ensure that the unit has at least monthly boards of review, quarterly courts of honor, and that the Troop has goals of helping each Scout advance a rank each year and for new Scouts to reach First Class rank during their first year. The Advancement Chair is also responsible for record keeping and submitting advancement reports.


Is at least 21 years old, subscribes to the Declaration of Religious Principle, and agrees to abide by the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. Possesses the moral, educational, and emotional qualities that the Boy Scouts of America deems necessary to afford positive leadership to youth. Is appointed by the Committee Chairman to serve as its official Scouting representative and is registered as an adult leader of the BSA other than the Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster.


Responsibilities set by BSA Advancement Policies

Main: Boy Scout Advancement

  • “A basic goal should be for each Scout to advance a rank during the year.”
  • “New Scouts should earn their First Class rank during their first year in the troop.”
  • Boards of Review – “When reviewed monthly by the troop committee, Scouts will recognize the importance of Scout advancement.”
  • “Troops should conduct boards of review for Scouts who are not advancing.”
  • “A minimum of four formal courts of honor a year (one every three months) should be held to formally recognize the Scouts in the troop.”
  • “Presentation of merit badges and rank badges should not await these courts of honor;”
  • “…Awards and badges should be presented at the next meeting after they have been earned. Scouts are recognized again at a formal court of honor.”
  • “Each troop is responsible for keeping its own records and reporting advancement to the local council service center. This is done on an Advancement Report form.”

The Advancement Chairman’s responsibilities are to:

  • Have a working knowledge of the Boy Scout advancement plans.
  • Encourage Scouts to advance in rank.
  • Help plan and conduct induction and advancement recognition ceremonies.
  • Train parents, guardians, and troop committee members in ways to stimulate Boy Scout advancement.
  • Assist Pack Committee Chairman and Cub Master for Webelos graduation ceremonies.
  • Works with troop Scribe to maintain all Scout advancement records.
  • Store all advancement information in Troop Master Software and present it to Scoutmaster for review.
  • Make a prompt report on the correct form to the council service center when a troop/team board of review is held. Secure badges and certificates.
  • Arranges troop boards of review and quarterly courts of honor.
  • Develop and maintain a merit badge counselor list.
  • Work with the troop Librarian to build and maintain a troop/team library of merit badge pamphlets and other advancement literature
  • Promote Boys’ Life magazine as an aid to advancement.
  • Help build or obtain advancement equipment for use in making advancement ceremonies more effective.
  • Promote the wearing and proper use of uniform and insignia. Encourage Scouts to advance in rank.
  • Report to the troop/team committee each month.

Troop 285 is sponsored by Hillcrest Vol. Fire Co. ~ Troop Meetings are held throughout the School year at Hillcrest Vol. Fire Co. located on 7125 Ellicott Rd. in Orchard Park, New York.