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Approved vs Awarded in Records?

Can someone please clarify the “Approved” vs “Awarded” notations in the scout records on Scoutbook? It seems like the last set of items I uploaded are all marked with only “Approved” and I a not sure why? Does this still show in the BSA records?


Approved means you have confirmed they earned it. Awarded means they have been given the badge already.

@JohnPassaro - are you using scoutbook.com or the new internet advancement site. From the use of upload it would seem to be internet advancement.

Advancement items will show up to your local council as soon as they are marked “Approved” by a leader in the unit. “Awarded” is a status for unit use.

Some units use the Awarded status to indicate that the item (patch, pin, belt loop, etc.) has been presented / awarded to the Scout. Other units present the item soon after it is earned, but use the Awarded status to indicate that the Scout has been recognized (at a court of honor, pack meeting, etc.)

If you mark items as Awarded, then they will not generate a Purchase Order (PO) or Advancement Report (because there is no need to purchase items that have already been presented to the Scout).

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