Advancement & Recognition

Guide to Advancement

Refer to the Guide to Advancement  for the most current advancement policies, procedures, and resources.

Reports Required for Rank Advancements

This is a reminder to Scouting leaders that Advancement Report forms are required to purchase rank advancements in the Scout Shops.

If your unit is using ScoutBook (which we encourage all packs and troops to use), you can print the report directly from your computer. The report must be turned in when rank advancements are purchased.

The alternative to the computer reports is manually completing the Advancement Report form.

Without these reports, the council may not be able to have accurate records of what the Scouts have earned. This is especially important for the Scouts as the move through the program as dates of ranks earned and time requirements require accurate records.

When you send someone to the Scout Shop to pick up awards, make sure they bring along the Advancement report!

Scouts BSA Merit Badge Program

Working on merit badges can provide an introduction to lifetime hobbies, or the inspiration to pursue a career.

It all begins with a Scout’s initial interest in a merit badge subject, followed by a discussion with the unit leader and continues through meetings with a counselor, and culminates in advancement and recognition.

Boy Scouts of America Merit Badge Program Informationclick here

Merit Badge Requirements  – View the official listing of merit badge requirements

Merit Badge Counselor Registration

BSA policy requires Merit Badge Counselors to be registered adult members. There is no annual membership fee for Merit Badge Counselors. To be registered, all adults (whether they are already registered as a leader in a Pack or Troop), must submit the following items:

  1. Adult Leader application form (fill-able PDF)
  2. Merit Badge Counselor information form (fill-able PDF)
  3. Unexpired Youth Protection Training certificate (training completed at My.Scouting)

More information will be added in the near future. For now, click on the links below for forms and information:

Life to Eagle Checklist

Eagle Scout Rank Application

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (revised in 2022) – Scouts that have already started planning their project can finish using the old workbook. Scouts that are just starting to plan their project will need to use the 2021 version.

Time Extensions for Completing Eagle Requirements

In rare circumstances, a time extension can be requested for Life Scouts to work on requirements for the Eagle rank after their 18th birthday. For more information, review Guide to Advancement (sections, &

Scouts that need to request an extension should do the following:

  • Send a detailed letter requesting an extension, including all relevant details and information on how to contact the Scout’s parent.
  • Email the letter to the Fargo Center for Scouting

The council advancement committee meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month to review any extension requests received.

Questions can be directed to the district advancement representative (see list of contacts on below).

Eagle Scouts

Did you attain the rank of Eagle Scout in 2020 or later in the Northern Lights Council?

If you did, we would like you to submit some photos that we might use in future social media posts. Use the link below to tell us about yourself and submit photos from your Court of Honor and Service Project.

Submit your information and photos here

Scholarships Available for Eagle Scouts

Scholarships for Eagle Scouts

Every year, the National Eagle Scout Association bestows scholarships upon Eagle Scouts pursuing higher education. These scholarships are made possible by generous donors and NESA members that help the alumni organization to continue developing young adults beyond their traditional Scouting experience. READ MORE

Council Advancement Committee

Committee ChairRob Gilkerson(816) 651-2907
District Rep. (Prairie Fire)Art Vinson(320) 219-4509
District Rep. (Northern Sky)Jamie Nettum(701) 799-7465
District Rep. (Lake Agassiz)Bobby Dusso(218) 230-4325
District Rep. (Roughrider)Dan Claussen(701) 690-7207
District Rep. (Tomahawk)
District Rep. (Frontier Trails)Keith Schmaltz(701) 319-0439
District Rep. (Great Plains)Misty Falcon(719) 649-8775
Member at LargeTravis Andersen(701) 240-0766
Member at LargeTyler Scott(701) 388-7534
Staff PartnerRyan Hansen(218) 770-7505
Online Resources for District Representatives

Request the current approved Merit Badge Counselor list

Advancement Resources (some items have been updated for 2021, replacing the 2019 edition of the Guide to Advancement)