The function of the district advancement committee is to help Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity teams, Venturing crews, Sea Scout ships, and Lone Scouts succeed. Units help youth members advance in rank. The committee helps ensure unit leaders and unit committee members are trained in the advancement program.
Other responsibilities of the district advancement committee are as follows.
- Set district advancement goals and maintain accurate unit advancement reports to determine where help is needed.
- Help units establish an active advancement program.
- Recruit, train, and thank merit badge counselors.
- Maintain an accurate, current list of council-approved merit badge counselors.
- Assemble a resource list of all awards and promote awards on a regular basis.
- Provide assistance in Eagle Scout advancement, including approving Eagle Scout service projects and conducting Eagle Scout boards of review.
- Educate unit committees, district committee members, and commissioners about recognition programs. Promote nominations for district, council, and national awards and recognitions.
- Provide program resources, advancement training, and direct support for all units in the district.
- Understand and follow council established advancement procedures (i.e., boards of review).
- Offer district advancement events.