ADVANCEMENT IS THE PROCESS by which youth members progress through ranks in the Scouting program by the gradual mastery of Scouting skills.
Regardless the program—Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, Venturing, or Sea Scouts—where advancement takes place, it is nothing more and nothing less than a method. It is a means toward accomplishing the Boy Scouts of America mission. It is not an end in itself.
“Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout leaders to help youth fulfill the aims of the BSA.”
The outcomes of the Scouting experience should be fun and educational, and not just relate to completing rank requirements that might place unrealistic expectations on a member who has a disability.
The Aims of Scouting
Every Scouting activity moves boys toward three basic aims: character development, citizenship training, and mental and physical fitness. Advancement is one of the eight methods used by Scout leaders to help boys fulfill the aims of the BSA.
Be sure to check with your district for district specific advancment opportunites.
Apache district includes all of South Charlotte including Ballantyne, Pineville, Lake Wylie , as well as, West Charlotte , Uptown and all parts in between.
Hornets Nest District
The Hornets Nest District serves the Northeast portion of the Mecklenburg County Council.
Etowah District encompasses the Southeast Charlotte area between Albemarle Road and Providence Road, out to the Matthews and Mint Hill areas.
The Special Initiatives Division is made up of three districts, each designed to serve specific needs not able to be met by the above districts.
Merit Badge Counselor Information
Annual Merit Badge Counselor Registration Renewal
Your MBC registration expires 12/31/2020. Don’t forget to renew it!
It’s as easy as…
Check your email. In November you will receive an email with a survey link, your member ID number, and which merit badges you are currently registered to teach.
Fill out and submit your survey between November 1st and December 1st. By completing the short survey you will be able to update your contact info, availability, add/remove merit badges, and renew your MBC commitment.
Reply to follow-up. You may receive follow-up communications from the merit badge approval committee. Be sure to respond promptly so that your registration does not get held up.
Please contact Michelle.Roberts@scouting.org with any questions.
Scout book Users
Easily find a merit badge counselor in your area using Scout Book. Here’s how:
A Troop unit leader should log in at ScoutBook.com.
Click My Dashboard
Select a unit in which you are a registered leader
Scroll to the bottom of the roster page and click the link that says “Merit Badge Counselor List.”
The Scout Book MBC list will be updated monthly and merit badge counselors will receive an email from Scout Book any time their registration changes. The counselors on this list have a current MBC registration AND have valid youth protection training.
Upcoming Merit Badge Courses
The Council Advancement Committee has approved the following schedule of courses for promotion to Scouts, families, and Scout leaders:
Advancement during COVID?
Bryan on Scouting
Advancement during COVID-19
Merit Badges & Social Distancing
Bryan on Scouting
Piedmont Council Website
Upcoming Merit Badges
Discovery Place Science
Merit Badge Workshops
Discovery Place Nature
Environmental Science Workshops