Buying Advancements, Patches, and Awards
The Scouts earned it. Time to buy it!
Everything you need is at the Scout Shop! Shop in person or online at ScoutStuff.org.
Purchasing Advancement Ranks
Once Scouts have completed the requirements for a rank, the unit
awards chair will need to complete the Unit Advancement Report form to
purchase any of the ranks at the Scout Shop. All rank
advancements (Cub Scouts: Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos,
Arrow of Light and Scouts BSA: Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st
Class, Star, Life) require the name of the Scout, the rank
they earned, and the date it was earned.
Unit Advancement Report form
It's recommended the unit awards chair will use Scoutbook to submit Unit Advancement records to the BSA. The
program provides a printout of the required information for each Scout. The program also creates a shopping
list with the number of badges you'll need to purchase. You can also
use other unit management software or
a handwritten report. Forms are available online or at the Scout Shop, and must be signed by the unit leader.
Cub Scout Belt Loops and Pins
Create a list of Cub Scouts that have earned belt loops and
pins. No form needed, just a total of each item to purchase
at the Scout Shop.
Purchasing merit badges
Merit badges purchased for Scouts in troops/team/crews require the
name of the Scout, the merit badge, and the date it was earned on the
Unit Advancement Report form. Be sure to record the date the badge was
earned, not the date of the court of honor or purchase date.
Purchasing Eagle Scout patch or medal
The council provides an Eagle Award kit for the new Eagle Scout at no
charge which contains the Eagle Scout medal, rank patch,
parent pins, and mentor pin. To purchase an additional medal or rank
patch, or to replace a lost or destroyed medal or patch, you will need
to show proof a the Scout Shop with either your wallet card or
certificate. You may buy additional parent or mentor pins without
Purchasing Eagle Scout Palm
Purchasing Eagle Scout Palms requires a special form. Palms are submitted in the same manner as ranks. You will need the date of the unit
leader conference and the unit leader's signature. Local council
record information does not need to be completed to purchase a palm.
Purchasing Venturing and Sea Scout awards
There are a number of Venturing awards that can be earned,
including: Venturing, Discovery, Pathfinder, Summit*, Ranger, Quest,
Trust, and Quartermaster. To purchase these awards, the crew or ship awards chair should
complete a Unit Advancement Report, listing the
Scout's name, award, and date earned. The form is signed by the crew
advisor and board of review members.
- The *Summit Award requires
the Venturing Summit Award Application. This application is similar to
the Eagle Scout Rank Application and is processed by the council.
STEM: Nova and Super Nova awards
Scouts work with a Nova and Super Nova mentor/counselor to complete
these awards. The completed and signed paperwork is processed
through the council STEM Committee. After
the paperwork is verified and approved, the unit awards chair purchases
the award from the Scout Shop.
Purchasing Uniform Patches
The Scout Shop staff is available to help select patches for youth
or adult uniforms. They also have instruction sheets showing where the
patches should go. You can also order custom-made all-in-one unit
number patches through the Scout Shop in quantities of 12.
Purchasing other awards and forms needed
There are lots of other youth activity awards that Scouts can
earn. Some require a completed individual form to purchase,
for example: Outdoor Ethics, Emergency
Preparedness, National Outdoor Award for Boy
Scouts, 50 Miler Award, SCUBA, Kayaking, and BSA Lifeguard. Some awards can be
purchased without additional forms, for example: Whittlin' chip, Totem
chip, Fireman chit, monthly themes, recruiter, interpreter, and more.
Seach the Scouting.org website for additional awards and forms.
Purchasing Order of the Arrow Patches and Lodge Flaps
Lodge flaps and other Order of the Arrow event patches can be
purchased at the Council Service Center or an
Order of the Arrow event.
Webelos Trailhead Achievement Award local council patch
Recognition patch earned by a transitioning Webelos Scout who is
transferring to a Scouts BSA troop. Available at the council customer
service desk during business hours. Form required, no fee.
Scout Shop Locations
There are four official Scout Shops in the Twin Cities metro area
where you can buy advancement and awards, find the locations for each in our related pages section.