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.
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).
Existing VHC Merit Badge Counselors who wish to counsel additional Merit Badges may turn in the Merit Badge Application only.
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.
VHC Annual Recognition Dinner and Awards
Join us at the 2022 Council Recognition Dinner, honoring those who contributed to the success of 2021, will be on February 24th. More information here.
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. 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. Events will be posted on the menu to the right. Scouts must complete mentioned prerequisites before attending.
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, 2020||Download|
|Eagle Scout Rank Application||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||Updated application. 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|