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Boards of Review

After a Scout has completed the requirements for any rank or Eagle Palm, he appears before a board of review. Its purpose is to determine the quality of his experience and decide whether he has fulfilled the requirements for the rank. If so, the board not only approves his advancement or Palm but also encourages him to continue the quest for the next rank or Palm. 

Below is a link to a handy guide for conducting Board of Reviews in your troop at all levels from Tenderfoot to Life Scout.  See further below for Eagle Rank details.

CLICK HERE FOR “A Guide to Boards of Review”

 Merit Badge Counselors

What’s It All About?
The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—
whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communication) – as a merit badge counselor, you play a vital role in stirring a young man’s curiosity about it.

By serving as a counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so Scouts have the opportunity to broaden their horizons. And in doing so, your mission is to combine fun with learning. You are both teacher and mentor to the Scout as he learns by doing. By presenting opportunities for growth via engaging activities like designing a Web page (Computers), performing an ollie and a wheelie (Snow Sports), or fabricating rope (Pioneering), you may pique a young man’s interest and inspire a Scout to develop a lifelong hobby, pursue a particular career, or become an independent, self-supporting adult.

Learning to Be a Merit Badge Counselor
All merit badge counselors should seek training. It is important that they have a full understanding of their responsibilities and also of the recommended practices for quality counseling. The power point presentation “The Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling” has been designed for this purpose and covers the following topics: 

  • A Scouting overview: mission, aims, and methods
  • Merit badge counselor qualifications
  • The merit badge counseling process
  • Effective counseling
  • Merit badge program role and benefits
  • How to become a counselor
  • Merit badge requirements
  • Group instruction and camp settings

The Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling can be accessed by clicking the links below:

Download as Power Point Presentation ,                   Download as Presenter’s Notes PDF 

Registering to become a merit badge counselor: 

  • Even if already registered, every counselor must submit a BSA adult application for the position of merit badge counselor (code 42). There are no exceptions. Click here for the application
  • Merit badge counselors should also complete the Merit Badge Counselor Application.  Click here for the application
  • Merit badge counselors who are re-registering need not complete a new Merit Badge Counselor Application, but will need to renew their registration annually.
  • “Merit badge counselor” is a council or district position.
  • Approval of merit badge counselors is the responsibility of the council advancement committee, not the unit.
  • Once the forms are completed they may be emailed to Tom Zablocki, Advancement Chair:

Eagle Advancement

  • Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Procedures Click Here
  • Eagle Leadership Service Project Workbook Q and A  Click Here
  • Eagle Rank Application Click Here
  • Eagle Board of Review Guidelines for the  District – Click Here
  • To Request an Eagle Board Of Review Click Here
  • Eagle Palms Guidelines Click Here  Eagle Palms Application Click Here 

CLICK HERE FOR: 2015 BSA Guide to Advancement (pdf)