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.
VHC Annual Recognition Dinner and Awards
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.
Cyber Merit Badge Series
The Advancement Committee offers Merit Badge sessions virtually. See the side menu for the latest offerings at $15 per Scout. Scouts must complete prerequisites and be prompt to sessions. Teleconference information will be sent to registrants prior to the session.
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.
Extreme Merit Badge Mania Weekend
A weekend event held at Camp Verdugo Oaks, usually in the spring. This is three days of more “extreme” merit badge classes. We choose classes 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.
Become a Merit Badge Counselor
Knowledgeable in the subject area of a specific Merit Badge, either by vocation, avocation, or special training. Complete Youth Protection Training and Merit badge counselor training along with your Merit Badge Application. Fill out the BSA Adult Registration form. Use 42 for position code (no unit leader signatures are required). Fill out the BSA Disclosure/Authorization form.
Council Advancement Committee meets once a month on the Second Wed of each month to review all applications. New Merit badge counselor email Merit badge applications form , Adult application form and addtional disclourse form ,YPT and Merit badge counselor training certificates to email@example.com. Existing merit badge counselor please email Mert badge applicaiton form.
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.