Internet Advancement


Internet Advancement

Internet Advancement

Welcome and thank you for using Internet Advancement from the Boy Scouts of America. Internet Advancement allows you to enter youth advancements, awards, and merit badges and perform the following actions:

Select members from your existing roster,
Review, update, or add ranks, merit badges, and/or awards,
Access an online Review Unit Roster feature and the Unit Advancement Summary,
Print an Advancement Report with a Unit Awards Summary to assist in purchasing.
Before beginning Internet Advancement, collect all member information, including advancement records, award records, and merit badge applications with the appropriate signatures.  To complete Internet Advancement, you must be connected to a printer to print the final report.

Log In

To register, please click here –> First Time User

To login, please click here –> Returning User

System Requirements

System Requirements

Note: Internet Explorer 9 and lower is the supported browser for this application.

If using IE10 or IE11, change browser settings to Compatibility Mode. To do so, go to the tool bar at the top of the page, select “Tools”, then choose “Compatibility View Settings” from the list. For IE 10, place a check mark in “Display all websites”. Close the window and try again.

For IE 11, if appears in the “Add this website:” window, click the “Add” button. If does not appear, type in “Add this website:” then click “Add.” will appear in the “Websites you’ve added to Compatibility View:” Click on the Close button and try again.

For assistance, you can consult the help for instructions on using Internet Advancement.

Advancement Reports
For the BSA Unit Advancement Report: Advancement Forms.

Adobe Acrobat Reader
You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the final print version of the advancement report. If you do not have it, you can download the Adobe Reader by clicking on the “Get Adobe Reader” image on this page.

About Internet Advancement

About Internet Advancement

Internet Advancement makes it easy for unit leadership to record awards, ranks, and merit badges to youth via an online process. This system is separate from Internet Rechartering, but uses a similar concept.How Internet Advancement Works

At any time during the year, the unit advancement chair from each active unit will be able to record advancements of youth members through this system. Plus, they’ll also be able to print a unit roster at any time. The roster is the most current information from ScoutNET, and it will include the person ID for each adult and youth member.


Unit Advancement Summary shows ranks, merit badges, and awards saved in each person record for current members of the unit.

Advancement Report lists each youth member that has new ranks, merit badges, and awards, if any. This is the official unit Advancement Report to be signed and submitted to the office.
Unit Awards Summary lists the number of new ranks, merit badges, and awards by name as a shopping list.
Advancement Update Summary lists any ranks, merit badges, and awards that were already in the member record and were updated online.
The council will provide each unit with a unit ID, and the unit will assign an adult to record advancements. Ranks must be recorded based on program identification and in the correct rank and date sequence. Only the Eagle Scout rank cannot be awarded by this process. 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. As BSA policies for rank entry are enforced, what units enter will meet these requirements.


Additional Information

If you don’t see the three buttons above, use these links:

Enter Advancement Now

To use Internet Advancement:

The Advancement Chair can select a unit advancement processor or perform the task themself. This person must have Internet connectivity and Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or better.
Obtain a unit ID code from the council service center or your district executive. The unit advancement processor should attend a roundtable training session.
Gather information for advancement, including merit badge applications and advancement records with dates.
Click the link to Access Internet Advancement here. Follow the instructions in the Internet Advancement system to process advancements and print an advancement report.
Have the appropriate people sign the printed unit advancement report and submit it to the council service center. Save a copy for your files.
Units should submit monthly before the end of each month, or more often if needed. In December, submit a report before the end of the month to update your unit and council statistics.


The district roundtables will feature orientation on Internet Advancement in the fall. Each unit must select an adult to be its unit advancement processor, and this adult should attend the training. Additionally, anyone who wants to learn more about Internet Advancement can review the help information or the Frequently Asked Questions section.