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Internet Advancement

Click here for more information and to use the Internet Advancement system.  (NOTE:  IE10 or greater must be in Compatibility Mode for Internet Advancement to work!)

eagle-scout-medal-6.0Eagle Scout Candidate Resources

Please note:

Page 6 of the Project Workbook asks for an e-mail address for the council service center. You may use the following:

Other Eagle Scout Resources

For questions about scheduling an Eagle Scout project approval or board of review, please visit your district’s website for contact information.

General Resources

 Venturing Resources

Please contact Kevin Gill (kevin.gill@scouting.org) for any general advancement questions.  Kevin serves as the staff adviser to the council’s advancement committee.

Sea Scout Resources

Merit Badge Counselor Directories

MeritBadgesAll merit badge counselor directories (revised February 2016) are now available for Scoutmasters or Venture Crew Advisers to use for their unit in locating a suitable merit badge counselor. To protect the personal contact information of merit badge counselors, the directories are formatted as password-protected PDF documents.  Scoutmasters and Venture Crew advisers have previously received the password.  However, anyone who does not have that information can contact either their district executive or Sharon Gochenauer (sharon.gochenauer@scouting.org) for assistance.

The directory is available for the entire council and has also been prepared by district.  The lists are alphabetically by badge.  If you are willing to travel, you may contact a counselor outside of your district.  (Note: These directories do not list any counselors who are “troop only”.)

Information for Merit Badge Counselors

Anyone interested in serving as a merit badge counselor should complete and submit the Merit Badge Counselor Application, as well as a BSA adult membership application, regardless of current registration status.  Each applicant’s vocational/avocational qualifications are screened by the district advancement committee, and a BSA criminal background check is conducted before approval is granted.

Please note: For any of the shooting sports merit badges, some additional approvals are required.  Please contact Director of Camping Todd Weidner (todd.weidner@scouting.org) for more information about being a counselor for those specific badges.

For questions about becoming a merit badge counselor or the merit badge counselor directory, please contact Sharon Gochenauer (sharon.gochenauer@scouting.org). 

William T. Hornaday Conservation Awards

hornaday medalThe William T. Hornaday Awards are designed to incorporate an awareness and understanding of conservation as wise and intelligent management of natural resources throughout Boy Scouts of America programs and activities.  The BSA National Council describes the Hornaday Award as being “equivalent to an Olympic medal bestowed by the earth.”  This award can be earned over eight different categories and is available for youth and adults, individuals as well as a unit. This is the oldest conservation award given in the United States.

The links below have requirements and supporting materials to earning the Hornaday Awards.

What is STEM/Nova?

STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

NOVA-clipartSTEM is part of an initiative the Boy Scouts of America has taken on to encourage the natural curiosity of youth members and their sense of wonder about these fields through existing programs. From archery to welding, Scouts can’t help but enjoy the wide range of STEM-related activities. To support this initiative, the BSA developed the Nova Awards program so that youth members have fun and receive recognition for their efforts.

Why STEM?

We live in a time of great opportunity. The spirit of innovation can help us overcome challenges and ensure a prosperous and secure future. To seize this opportunity, we must position ourselves at the cutting edge of scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Yet our country is falling behind in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This is why many professionals and educators in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics believe the United States should do more now than ever to encourage students to enter STEM-related fields. These experts say our young people need strong STEM skills to compete in the world market. We must work together to cultivate the next generation of critical thinkers and innovators.

Ten-year employment projections by the U.S. Department of Labor show that of the 20 fastest-growing occupations projected for 2014, 15 of them require significant mathematics or science preparation.

STEM Is the future

Fostering a strong STEM education is our best opportunity to boost the spirit of innovation. It’s what we need to help ensure this country continues on a prosperous and secure journey. STEM literacy is also critical because it has a profound and growing impact on our day-to-day lives. Nature, space exploration, and any STEM-related interest reveals to us the beauty and power of the world we inhabit.

What Are the Nova Awards?

The Boy Scouts of America developed the Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge. For more information about STEM and the Nova Awards program, visit www.scouting.org/stem. Discover how the Nova Awards program helps youth be “Prepared. For Life.”