Internet Advancement

Internet advancement is the process that Scouting units use to record and track advancement ranks and awards for their youth. This process can be done from any Internet-connected computer at any time.Use Internet Advancement for the following:

  • Add ranks, merit badges, and awards for your youth members
  • Update information on existing advancements and awards (excepting the Eagle Scout rank)
  • Print unit rosters, advancement summary reports, and even temporary membership cards
  • Obtain 'Person ID' number for your leaders, allowing them to complete online training courses.


Ranks must be recorded based on program identification (Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturing) and in the correct rank and date sequence. Only the Eagle Scout rank cannot be awarded by this process. The Eagle Scout rank will still follow the current procedure. Awards to be entered will not include nominated awards, such as those for meritorious action, and awards that are controlled by other organizations, even if approved for uniform wear.

To Begin Using Internet Advancement

  1. Select an advancement processor. Preferably, this could be your Committee Member responsible for advancement.
  2. Obtain your unit's Unit Login ID code from the council registrar or your District Executive. After your request is processed, you will receive an email with the Internet Advancement ID code for your unit.
  3. Gather information for advancement, including merit badge advancement records with dates. If you are using PackMaster, TroopMaster, Rank N'File, Scoutmate or ScoutSoft, you may simply create an export file for upload.
  4. Click the Internet Advancement button below which will take you to the national Internet Advancement portal website.


Internet Advancement

The first time you log into the advancement system, we strongly suggest that you compare the recorded advancements against your records. If your records include advancements that are not recorded, please record them.

After submitting advancements, please make sure that you:

  • Print the Unit Advancement Report from Internet Advancement (you may also want to print a copy for your records)
  • Have the appropriate people sign the printed Unit Advancement Report Pick up your advancements and recognitions.
  • When doing so, the Scout Shop will collect the Unit Advancement Report.


Units should submit reports monthly, before the end of each month, or more often as needed. Units must submit anything not yet reported before December 31 each year. If you have a scout earning advancement that is not listed on your roster in ScoutNet, that scout's registration needs to be processed by the council office. Please turn in an application for the scout and a separate advancement form that lists his advancement(s). Changes and updates are not officially recorded until the paperwork is submitted to and processed by the Council Office. It is still required that advancement reports are turned into the council office.

Online Advancement Resources

The Boy Scouts of America has Online Advancement Resources available to help unit leaders and other Scouters with Advancement.