Online advancement entry is here! The
Knox Trail Council is excited to announce that units can now
use Internet Advancement to record their youth member
advancements from any online location—at home or at the
office. You will find this new method to be easy,
convenient, and accurate because you enter the information.
Here’s how it works:
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. It does not take
an upload from Troopmaster or Packmaster – so if your unit
uses that software, you would attach and email the data file
to firstname.lastname@example.org. As always, you MUST provide
printed and signed Advancement Reports to the Scout Shop to
get your badges and have your records updated at the Knox
At any time during the year, the unit
advancement processor from each active unit will be able to
record advancements to youth member records. And, 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.
These are other reports available
from Internet Advancement.
• 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
• 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.
There’s a link to the Internet
Advancement help on the Sample Council Web site. There’s
also a Frequently Asked Questions link on the Internet
Advancement site and these should be reviewed.
If you have any questions or comments,
John at the Knox Trail Council office and he’ll
be glad to help you out.
Process ranks and awards for packs,
troops, teams, crews, ships, and posts
Units can now submit advancement for
unit youth members online. Use Internet Advancement for the
- Add ranks, merit badges, and awards
- Update information on existing
advancements (except the Eagle Scout rank)
To use Internet Advancement:
- Select the unit advancement
processor. This person must have Internet connectivity
and Microsoft Internet Explorer.
- Obtain a unit ID code from the
council. The unit advancement processor contacts
John at the Scout Service Center to obtain
the unit ID code.
- Gather information for
advancement, including merit badge applications and
advancement records with dates.
- Click Internet Advancement on
this page. Follow the instructions in Internet
Advancement to process advancements and print an
- Have the appropriate
people sign the printed unit advancement report and
submit it to the council. 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 unit and
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