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.

Advancement Committee Contact Information


Council Advancement Chairman
Joel Moser 

Apache Advancement Chariman
Dean Elledge

Etowah Advancement Chairman
Carole Stojetz

Hornet's Nest Advancement Chair
Bob Coughlin

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

Apache district includes all of South Charlotte including Ballantyne, Pineville, Lake Wylie , as well as, West Charlotte , Uptown and all parts in between.

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Hornets Nest District

The Hornets Nest District serves the Northeast portion of the Mecklenburg County Council.

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Etowah District

Etowah District encompasses the Southeast Charlotte area between Albemarle Road and Providence Road, out to the Matthews and Mint Hill areas.

Special Initiantives

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…

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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 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

  • 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

(Mar. 2020)


Advancement during COVID-19

Merit Badges & Social Distancing

Bryan on Scouting

(Mar. 2020)

Piedmont Council Website


MB Opportunities


Upcoming Merit Badges

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BSA National


Discovery Place Science


Merit Badge Workshops

Discovery Place Nature


Environmental Science Workshops

Nova & Supernova

STEM Awards

Additonal Resources

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