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FAQ's Boy Scout Advancement

 Boy Scouting and Varsity Scouting

  1. What does “active participation” mean?(“Active Participation,” 4.2.3.1External Link)
  2. What are “positions of responsibility,” and how are they evaluated? (“Positions of Responsibility,” 4.2.3.4External Link)
  3. Why require positions of “responsibility” rather than “leadership”? (“‘Responsibility’ and’Leadership,’” 4.2.3.4.6External Link)
  4. Must the unit leader (Scoutmaster) conference be the last step before a board of review? (“Unit Leader[Scoutmaster] Conference,” 4.2.3.5External Link)
  5. May a Scout choose any registered merit badge counselor? (“Unit Leader Signs the Application for Merit Badge (“Blue Card”), 7.0.0.2External Link)
  6. Is there a time limit between starting work on a merit badge and finishing it? What if requirements change?(“Partial Completions,” 7.0.3.3External Link; “What to Do When Requirements Change,” 7.0.4.3External Link)
  7. Can a Scout be denied a board of review?(“Boards of Review Must Be Granted When Requirements Are Met,” 8.0.0.2External Link)
  8. What if parents insist on attending a board of review?(“Conducting the Board of Review,” 8.0.1.0External Link)
  9. What happens if board of review members cannot unanimously agree on a decision?(“Board Members Must Agree Unanimously on Decisions to Approve,” 8.0.1.4External Link
  10. Can an activity be used for more than one requirement? ("Fulfilling More Than One Requirement With a Single Activity." 4.2.3.6)External Link

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