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Advancement and recognition in the Boy Scouts of America is a tradition dating from the inception of the Scouting movement. A fundamental purpose of advancement is the self-confidence a young man or woman acquires from their participation in Scouting. Advancement is one of the methods used in the "Aims of Scouting"– character development, citizenship training and personal fitness.

For scouts that are looking for more than just rank advancement, there are a lot of extra awards and recognition available for significant efforts in the areas of conservation, physical fitness, citizenship, and more. Broaden the goals of your scouting program by making these awards available to your Scouts. 

For adults who are willing to go beyond Basic Training and broaden their volunteer efforts to district, council and National, there are a number of awards in leadership, service and support of Scouting.

Many awards require mastery of skills, participation in high adventure and a commitment to leadership and service. Some require the candidate be nominated. Others are inspired by a Scout's interest in science (STEM) or conservation (Hornaday). All represent a standard of excellence that Scouts and Scouters expect of themselves and achieve.

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