Welcome to the Golden West Districts Advancement Tab. My name is Tan Lu and I currently have the honor of being your Districts Advancement Chair. In this tab I will lay out what our goal is on the advancement team as well as include helpful links at the bottom of this page. Our district committee is staffed with the best! From Cub Scouts to Eagles and everything in between, in regards to advancement, we have got you covered. Under the Advancement Tab is a list of pages to help find what your looking for. Religious Emblems, Adult Awards, Merit Badge Counselors and much more. Our teams goal is to make sure every unit has access to every advancement resource possible. Please reach out to me with any questions or if your unit would like any presentations. I look forward to meeting all of you

What is Advancement?

Advancement is the process by which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank and is the method by which we promote and encourage the ongoing involvement and commitment that keeps members coming back for more. It works best when it is built into a unit’s program so that simply participating leads to meaningful achievement and recognition—and to a continually improving readiness for more complex experiences.

Guide to Advancement 2019

The Aims of Scouting

Every Scouting activity moves young people toward the basic aims of: character development, citizenship training, leadership, and mental and physical fitness.

Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout leaders to help youth fulfill the aims of the BSA.

Policy on Unauthorized Changes to Advancement Program

No council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or subtract from, advancement requirements. There are limited exceptions relating only to members with special needs. For details see section 10, “Advancement for Members With Special Needs.”

Mandated Procedures and Recommended Practices

This publication clearly identifies mandated procedures with words such as “must” and “shall.” Where such language is used, no council, committee, district, unit, or individual has the authority to deviate from the procedures covered, without the written permission of the National Advancement Program Team.

Recommended best practices are offered using words like “should,” while other options and guidelines are indicated with terms such as “may” or “can.” Refer questions on these to your local district or council advancement chairs or staff advisors. They, in turn, may request interpretations and assistance from the National Advancement Program Team.

The Guide to Safe Scouting Applies

Policies and procedures outlined in the Guide to Safe Scouting apply to all BSA activities, including those related to advancement and Eagle Scout, Quartermaster, and Summit Award service projects.

What Does “Unit Leader” Mean?

Throughout this publication the term “unit leader” refers only to a Cubmaster, Scoutmaster, Venturing crew Advisor, Sea Scout Skipper, or Lone Scout friend and counselor. “Unit leadership” and “leader” are used as generic references to any registered adult leader in a unit and as such would include the unit leader.

What Does “Scouts BSA Handbook” Mean?

Throughout this publication, the term Scouts BSA Handbook refers to both the Scouts BSA Handbook for Boys and the Scouts BSA Handbook for Girls.

Advancement Committee

Position Name Email
Advancement Chair Tan Lu
Eagle Advisor Norm Herron
Merit Badge Counselor Coordinators Rich Marubayashi
Religious Emblems Coordinator Jeff Giacomi
Adult Awards Sandy Vo
Stem Awards Michael McAndrews
Scoutbook Champion Joseph Lum


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