Advancement & Awards

Advancement helps develop a Scout’s growth within the unit from their first year of Cub Scouts to their Eagle Project. It recognizes the Scout’s personal achievements and completion of requirements that ultimately make them a more prepared, well-rounded citizen. Click the buttons below to find advancement information for your Scouts’ program.


Scoutbook is the BSA’s online unit management tool and helps Scouts, parents, and leaders track advancement and milestone achievements along the Scouting trail. As of January 1, 2019, Scoutbook subscriptions are free to all scouting units. Units that already use Scoutbook won’t be charged when they renew their subscription on or after Sept. 1, 2018.

If your unit has not yet moved to Scoutbook and is ready to make the switch, get started here. 

Scoutbook FAQ

Importing Data from TroopMaster or PackMaster

Internet Advancement 2.0

The BSA is pleased to announce the release of an updated Internet Advancement.  This exciting upgraded tool is available for Packs, Troops, Crews and Ships. Explorer Posts will continue to use the legacy Internet Advancement tool (available from Legacy Tools menu at new Internet Advancement is available to unit key three (top leader, committee chair, and charter representative) members via The new version of Internet Advancement writes to the Scoutbook database so anything approved will instantly show up in Scoutbook and vice versa. All records are synced with the council records automatically within 48 hours. 

We strongly encourage all of our units to begin using Scoutbook. If you wish to continue using Internet Advancement 2.0, click here for the guide and instructions.

Scouts of all ages love STEM and the opportunity to engage hands-on in the process of scientific inquiry.To support this initiative, the BSA developed the STEM Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts. The NEIC also makes a concerted effort to promote STEM events for Scouts in and around our Council. If you have a STEM event to promote, please contact our communications department here. 

For information on Nova Awards, click here.

Click here to find a Nova Counselor or SuperNova Mentor. SuperNova Mentors are subject-matter experts in their respective STEM fields.

Click here for instructions on how to become a Nova Counselor or SuperNova Mentor.

Interested in getting involved in STEM or want to learn more about STEM in the NEIC? Contact STEM Committee Staff Advisor Brittiny Martin here.

Scouts of all ages and programs can attain various religious awards respective to their faith. The BSA does not administer these awards directly but supports National Committees that oversee the curriculum and guidelines for these awards. The Northeast Illinois Council Religious Committees serve our scouting families by providing access to resources, training, and events geared towards scouts who wish to earn religious awards. Visit our Religious Relationships page for more information on our Religious Committees and Religious Awards

The Scouting program is meant to ensure that every child has the opportunity to participate fully and to advance through the ranks at their own pace, focusing on their abilities and strengths.  If your child has special needs, the Boy Scouts of America has specific guidelines meant to help your Scout reach their fullest potential at their own pace in the program. Visit our DisAbilities Resource page for more information. The Northeast Illinois Council DisAbilities Awareness Committee provides guidance, resources, and training regarding Special Needs Scouting in addition to ensuring that our Council and District events feature DisAbility Awareness activities.