The Central Florida Council uses Internet Advancement for units to report and youth member advancements. This method is very easy, convenient, and accurate because you enter the information and can be done from any online location—at home or at the office.
Here’s how it works:
The Central Florida Council has an Internet Advancement page on our Web site (http://cflscouting.org), click on the Leaders’ link to find instructions.
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 Re-chartering, but uses a similar concept.
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.
There are other reports available from Internet Advancement.
• Unit Advancement Summary shows ranks, merit badges, and awards saved in each person’s 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’s record and were updated online.
The Central Florida Council can provide each unit with a unit ID (Same Unit ID that is used for “Good Turn for America”), and the unit will only need to 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 Central Florida 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, contact Lynette Dukes at the Central Florida Council office and she’ll be glad to help you – 407-703-0225.