The current edition of the Guide to Advancement is the official source for administering advancement in all Boy Scouts of America programs: Cub Scouting,Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, and Sea Scouts.
Advancement is simply a means to an end, not an end in itself. Everything done to advance — to earn ranks and other awards and recognition — is designed to educate or to otherwise expand horizons.
The purpose of the Guide to Safe Scouting is to prepare members of the Boy Scouts of America to conduct Scouting activities in a safe and prudent manner. The policies and guidelines have been established because of the real need to protect members from known hazards that have been identified through 100 years of experience. Limitations on certain activities should not be viewed as stumbling blocks; rather, policies and guidelines are best described as stepping-stones toward safe and enjoyable adventures.