Three Harbors Council, BSA
330 South 84th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53214-1468


Internet Advancement

Three Harbors Council is excited to announce that units can now use Internet advancement to record their youth member advancements from any online location – at home or at the office. You will find this new method to be easy, convenient and accurate because you enter the information.  

What are the benefits?

Internet advancement is for reporting Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout and Sea Scout ranks; Venturing awards and activity badges, belt loops and merit badges. Simple and intuitive, it works best from a faster Internet connection using Internet Explorer 6 or higher. Units can enter advancement at any time, print reports, obtain current rosters from the BSA system and print order sheets for the Scout shop.
When Internet advancement is used to comply with reporting responsibilities, it alleviates issues in documenting progress as Scouts submit Eagle applications or transfer from one unit to another. Consistent and constant reporting also assures accurate records for use by commissioners, other district and council volunteers and the National Council. These are critical in evaluating unit health, adjusting service delivery and researching changes in programs and requirements.

Here is how it works:

Units select an advancement processor who is granted access with a council-provided unit ID.  The unit ID and password can be obtained from either the Milwaukee or Racine Scout Offices. It is recommended that units report advancement at least monthly. They must submit a final annual report each December. Ranks must be entered in sequence based on unit type and program. Because of documentation requirements, the Eagle Scout rank may not be entered through this system. Nominated recognitions, such as meritorious action awards, may not be made online either.
Internet Advancement is accessed through When first-time unit processors enter, they are greeted by a welcome page with instructions and invited to log in and accept a confidentiality agreement. Once they have provided some registration information, they move to an overview page with additional instructions. Returning users skip these steps and go directly to selecting members for advancement. Once this is done and verified, an advancement report is printed, signed, and forwarded to the local council as awards are purchased.
Some other reports available from Internet Advancement are:
  • Unit Advancement Summary shows ranks, merit badges, and awards saved in each person 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 record and were updated online.

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