Contact the Advancement Committee at Advancement@vhcbsa.org for a variety of Advancement opportunities! Events are announced throughout the year and subject to volunteer availability.
All merit badge counselors are required to have the AB506 training certificate of completion and Live Scan background check on file.
In case you haven't heard...14th Eagle Scout rank-required merit badge: The Citizenship in Society Merit Badge
A total of 21 merit badges (10 more than required for the Life rank) must be earned for the Eagle Scout rank, including 14 specific merit badges. Citizenship in Society is the latest in this set of 14. All Eagle Scout Rank candidates must use only the below application, which includes this merit badge.
Become a Merit Badge Counselor for Citizenship in Society Merit Badge
For Cub Scouts, from National BSA: Elective adventures are reviewed for content and popularity. These 19 have been the least popular based on sales and advancement data. They will be archived in Scoutbook and Internet Advancement, removing the ability to mark them as completed after the retirement date of May 31, 2022. These 19 adventures are not being replaced with a new set of elective adventures.
VHC Scout Shop has posted a list of these retiring adventures here.
Health Care Professions Merit Badge. The Health Care Professions merit badge debuts, replacing the Medicine merit badge.
Become a Merit Badge Counselor
A Merit Badge Counselor is knowledgeable in the subject area of a specific Merit Badge by vocation, avocation, or special training. Merit Badge Counselor applicants must complete the following requirements:
- Youth Protection Training certificate of completion
- Merit Badge Counselor Training module certificates of completion - see section immediately below
- Merit Badge Application - see below
- Familiarize yourself with the Merit Badge Counselor Guidelines – see below
- BSA Adult Application Disclosure Consent form - see below. Use 42 for position code (no unit leader signatures are required).
- AB506 training certificate of completion AND Live Scan background check.
Submit training certificate and Live Scan HERE.
Existing VHC Merit Badge Counselors who wish to counsel additional Merit Badges may turn in the Merit Badge Application only. AB506 training and Live Scan mentioned above are required.
The Council Advancement Committee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to review all applications. Applicants may email the above forms to email@example.com by the Thursday before the meeting, unless otherwise noted on the monthly Calendar.
Merit Badge Counselor Training
The Merit Badge Counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. By serving as a Merit Badge Counselor, you offer your time, knowledge and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest. Instructor-led Merit Badge Counselor Training will be offered occasionally, but it is always available online at
http://My.Scouting.org under position-specific training for Boy Scout leaders.
A special evening created to honor the best of the best. This annual dinner honors and celebrates all of the previous year’s Eagle Scouts and the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award given to Scouters and volunteers who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service to the council. We also present the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams Award for Outstanding Service Project of the Year and the Torch of Gold award which recognizes adults for exceptional service and leadership in working with Scouts who have disabilities. This annual event is open to all and we encourage families to attend and celebrate the accomplishments of our Scouts and volunteers alike.
Merit Badge Opportunities
The Advancement Committee offers opportunities for Scouts to earn merit badges at several events. Current cvents will be posted on the menu to the right. Scouts must complete prerequisites before attending.
Cyber Merit Badge Series
The Advancement Committee offers Merit Badge sessions virtually. Scouts must complete prerequisites and be prompt to sessions. Teleconference information is sent to registrants prior to the beginning of the series.
Merit Badge Mania
The annual Merit Badge event provides opportunities for Scouts to take classes on one, day-long Saturday. Scouts who complete the prerequisites, identified by each Counselor in advance, can often earn two Merit Badges in one day. This is a locally held event, lunch and snacks are provided. It is always well attended and we try to offer classes not readily available as well as the more popular and requested choices. Some examples are Coin Collecting, Collections, Landscape Architecture, Law, Music, Pulp and Paper, Plumbing, and Salesmanship.
Merit Badge Weekend
A weekend event held at Camp Verdugo Oaks, with Merit Badge sessions that are often difficult to complete and require more time. Typically we offer Camping, Wilderness Survival, Hiking, First Aid, Environmental Science, Swimming and Archery. Every year is different and we encourage Scouts to join us for a full weekend of Merit Badge work and add two nights of camping towards your rank advancement.
New York Film Academy Merit Badge Day
The New York Film Academy in Burbank has hosts this very special Merit Badge Day for the Verdugo Hills Council Scouts. They offer the expertise of their instructors for a full day in the fields of Animation, Game Design, Moviemaking and Photography at NO cost. These are rare opportunities and we are gratified that so many VHC scouts have taken advantage of these Merit Badge classes.
|BSA ADULT Application & Disclosure Consent Form||Fillable. May 2022 version. Prior versions of these documents will be accepted as long as correct signatures and the correct background check disclosure form is included.||Download|
|Eagle Scout Rank Application, June 2022||Download|
|Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook||Eagle Scout candidates must use the official Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook, No. 512-927, as produced by the BSA and found at https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/eagle-scout-workbook/||Download|
|VHC Merit Badge Counselor Application (August 2022)||Fillable. Please return completed application with all listed paperwork items to firstname.lastname@example.org.||Download|
|VHC Merit Badge Counselor Guidelines||Merit Badge Counselor applicants must review in full.||Download|