Youth Resources

Youth are the entire reason we are here!  In the tab sections below you will find many helpful resources to aid you along your Scouting journey.  There is information on advancement, merit badges, youth training, and youth awards.  Advancement information specific to the Eagle Award can be found on our Eagle Scout Corner page. And as always, if you have questions or cannot find something, please contact one of your Scout leaders or the Council Service Center.  We are happy to help.

Advancement is the process in which youth members of the Boy Scouts of America progress from rank to rank. It is based on experiential learning and designed to educate and expand horizons. Growth is also the primary goal of Scouting advancement. Exciting and meaningful activities are essential. We know we are on the right track when we see Scouts accepting responsibility, demonstrating self-reliance, and caring for themselves and others.

Advancement and merit badges are not a competition, rather a joint effort involving Scouts, leaders, volunteers, and family members. Much can be done individually, and at each Scout’s own pace, youth also work in groups during unit meetings and outings. This is important as well to help youth develop mutual respect for one another as they practice skills, explore interests, learn values, form friendships, and enjoy adventure.

Advancement requirements do change from time to time. For Scouts BSA, please check the latest annual edition of Scouts BSA Requirements that is released every January (Guide to Advancementpdf_icon).  Check with your Scoutmaster or the Council Service Center for the latest information.

All earned Cub Scout and Scout Bsa ranks, along with all earned Venturing advancement awards, must be reported to your local council. Scoutmasters and unit leaders should be reporting this monthly. The best and most accurate method of reporting is through the BSA’s Internet Advancement.

Cub Scouts have the opportunity to earn both required and elective recognition devices as they work toward their ranks. They also can earn recognition for additional elective adventures they choose to complete beyond those required for their rank. Lion,Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Scouts earn adventure loops to be worn on their belt, and Webelos Scouts earn pins they can wear on their Webelos colors or Webelos cap.

Adventure loops and pins are a great way to help fulfill the aims of Scouting—build character, develop citizenship, and encourage mental and physical fitness. Through a variety of subjects, you can stretch your mind and abilities by exploring the wonders of science, learning about the world, and expanding skills in new area.

This is a chance to try something new, do your best, and earn recognition all at the same time. For more information about the adventure loops and pins, see

Earning a Merit Badge should begin with a discussion with your Scoutmaster, continue through meetings with a Merit Badge Counselor, and finish with advancement and recognition. Scouts must go through the steps and complete an application and set up a meeting with the appropriate Merit Badge Counselor to begin pursuing a Merit Badge. A Merit Badge Counselor is a registered adult volunteer at least 18 years of age who is an expert in a Merit Badge field and shares enthusiasm for that field with Scouts. They are registered, trained volunteers who are in good standing with the local Council, and will certify that requirements have been met.

The Northeast Iowa Council has a complete list of registered Merit Badge Counselors ready to help Scouts achieve their advancements. If you are thinking about pursuing a new Merit Badge, please contact your Scoutmaster to make a plan and access these great community resources. We do have a few Merit Badges however that need more knowledgeable counselors. Contact the Scout Service Center at (563) 556-4343 if interested.

Rank Requirement Forms & Info:

The core Venturing awards are designed around adventure to reflect this engaging program, which challenges Venturers to experience activities beyond their typical routine.

Venturing Awards Include:

  • Venturing Award
  • Pathfinder Award
  • Discovery Award
  • Summit Award

Additional achievement awards can be found on the National BSA website.

Recognition has been a fundamental concept in Scouting from its beginning. Done right, it’s a powerful tool that offers at least five benefits:

  • Recognition offers the opportunity to recognize and celebrate individual achievements.
  • By defining the requirements of Scouting’s awards & achievements, all have knowledge of what has been accomplished and goals can be established.
  • Learning and skill development are important by-products of recognition. With more advanced recognition comes increased experience and the development of advanced skills that enable greater effectiveness in supporting units.
  • Achievement also encourages inspiration. Seeing what others have accomplished enables us to see greater potential in ourselves and to strive to fulfill it.
  • Finally awards and recognition give us an extra excuse to say thank you. We are an organization of volunteers, and we would not be able to serve the nation’s youth without great youth and adult leaders.

Council Awards:

  • Red Flannel Award:  The Northeast Iowa Council “Red Flannel Award” is a recognition for Winter Camping open to all Scouts and Scouters. Each Scout or Scouter has the capability to earn the Red Flannel Award four separate times. Each step progressively becomes more challenging by changing or adding new requirements. It is recommended that the troops plan to provide an opportunity each year for Scouts and Scouters to earn a segment. It should also be noted, that as an individual earns segments, the individual also needs to perform tasks on his or her own and not in a patrol or troop method. Download the Red Flannel Applicationpdf_icon.
  • Cultural Award:  a Northeast Iowa Council…more information to come. Downloadpdf_icon more information, requirements, and the application here.National Awards
    The National Organization of the Boy Scouts of America also has many awards to recognize the work and achievements of youth, even outside the required rank advancements. All of these and detailed information on each of them can be found on National’s website but here is a snapshot list of those that are offered:
  • The National Outdoor Achievement Award
  • Conservation Good Turn
  • Ready & Prepared Award
  • Keep America Beautiful Inc. Hometown U.S.A. Award
  • Emergency Preparedness BSA
  • Religious Emblems
  • Etz Chaim Award
  • William T. Hornaday Awards
  • International Recognitions
  • U.S. Army Youth Certificate of Recognition
  • The Principles of Leave No Trace
  • Spirit of the Eagle Award
It’s just as important for youth to learn new skills as well. Scouts can participate in the following leadership and training opportunities right here in the Northeast Iowa Council:

Order of the Arrow:  The Order of the Arrow (OA) is a service organization and the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America. More than 180,000 members strong, the Order of the Arrow recognizes Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. Members are elected from within their units and recognized as those who best live the ideals of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service. More information on the Northeast Iowa Council’s local OA Lodge, Timmeu Lodge can be found on our Order of the Arrow page of this site.

National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT):  National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops. It is known as the premier youth training course of the BSA. The Northeast Iowa Council offers this course annually. Please contact the Scout Service Center for more information.

In addition to these, the National Organization of Boy Scouts of America also offers a number of opportunities such as training courses, summer jobs, scholarships, and special programs are available to Scouts. There is more detailed information on each of these available on National’s website, but here is a snapshot sample of the many extra-curricular activities Scouting has for youth:

  • National Youth Leadership Society
  • National Eagle Scout Association (NESA)
  • BSA High Adventure Bases (Philmont Scout Ranch, Florida Sea Base, Northern Tier, and the Summit Reserve)
  • Staff Needed for High-Adventure Bases
  • European Camp Staff Program
  • Acquire Life Skills at Scout Camp
  • Scholarships
  • High Adventure Scholarship
    The Floor Show Furniture and Flooring of Dubuque will grant two youth scholarships of $250 each to two youth each year for a total of $500 to help offset fees for the High Adventure experience.
  • Waite Phillips Scholarship
    Waite Phillips believed in the value of an experience at Philmont Scout Ranch for young people. In 1941 he stated: “These properties are donated and dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America for encouraging the perpetuation of faith, self-reliance, integrity, and freedom, principles used to build this great country by the American Pioneer.  So that these future citizens may through thoughtful adult guidance and by the inspiration of nature visualize and form a code of living to diligently maintain these high ideals and our proper destiny.”

    In the early 1960’s, Mr. Phillips established an endowment to fund scholarships to help youth participants who, without support, would not be able to participate in a Philmont experience. The Northeast Iowa Council has been given the opportunity to award two Waite Phillips Scholarships.
  • Eastern Iowa Professional Chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarship
    Three (3) scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, and one (1) in the amount of $2,000, will be awarded to a high school senior (college bound) or currently enrolled college student pursuing a career in Science, Math, Engineering or technical training.

Eagle Web

Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty,
brave, clean, and reverent.