Advancement

We are proud of our Scouts and their achievements of rank advancements.   

Overview

Our Advancement Co-chairs are Mrs. Deb Julian and Mrs. Barbara Dalberth. Questions about advancement can be directed to either one, however Mrs. Julian is primarily responsible for Board of Reviews and Mrs. Dalberth is responsible for Merit Badge management. Refer to the Troop Roster for their contact information.

General Information

  • Scouts may work on advancements at their own pace. However, we recommend that Scouts who want to make First Class should consistently get one or two sign offs at most meetings or campouts.
  • Scouts should remind their parents not to push them too hard to advance but to remain encouraging and supportive.
  • Parents can encourage their scout to set a goal for when they would like to advance to the next rank (or complete that merit badge!). Setting small goals along the way is helpful to manage their time and to see results (e.g., complete first aid sign offs by a certain date, etc.).
  • We recommend that scouts try to make Tenderfoot within the first 6 months of joining the troop and First Class within the first two years. Although some scouts may achieve ranks much more quickly and others may never make it to First Class.
  • Ranks must be earned in order (Scout, Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, 1st Class, Star, Life, Eagle).
  • The first four ranks focus on learning outdoor skills, becoming self-reliant, and providing community service. The last three focus on earning merit badges (including required ones that help the scout learn life skills and good citizenship), honing leadership skills, and service to others.
  • Requirements may be earned in any order, unless they have prerequisites and time factors (e.g., While a First Class scout, participate in six hours of service)
  • Requirements may not be altered, however there are alternative requirements that can satisfy rank advancement for the disabled.
  • A Court of Honor is held quarterly, typically in August, November, February, and May/June. Scouts are recognized for their rank achievements and merit badges are awarded at these ceremonies. Families are invited to attend.

General Guidelines for Advancement

  • Mrs. Julian will send out a sign-up sheet for Scouts to request a Board of Review for a rank advancements. We encourage the scout to take responsibility to sign up for themselves, rather than a parent do it for him. Board of Reviews are held monthly, typically during a Troop meeting.
  • Requirements for advancement must be completed as written. They may not be amended or abridged.
  • Scouts should be prepared to answer questions, demonstrate a skill, or otherwise perform the task when asking for a requirement to be signed-off.
  • Scouts must allow time for these questions when asking for a sign-off.
  • Scouts must schedule an appointment for Scoutmaster Conferences with the Scoutmaster or any trained Assistant Scoutmaster.  Conferences should be completed before the night of the Board of Review. Leadership time must be signed off by the Scoutmaster.
  • Only registered and trained Scoutmasters (including assistants) and qualified senior Scouts may sign off on rank requirements.

 

General Guidelines for Merit Badges

  • A scout should request a Blue Card from the Scoutmaster when they decide to begin work on a merit badge.
  • The scout should contact the Merit Badge Counselor that was assigned to them to review requirements and to let them know that they will begin work on it.
  • Once the Merit Badge Counselor has signed off on the completed requirements, the Scout should turn in the blue card to have it recorded and awarded.Only Registered Merit Badge Counselors may sign off on merit badge requirements.Blue Cards are the official record of merit badge requirement completion except for summer camps that send the Scoutmaster a list of merit badges completed and partially completed and the occasional class that may be offered through the troop.
  • There is a short on-line training for registered adults who would like to be a Merit Badge Counselor. Forms indicating which merit badges they would like to register for must be completed annually. Please talk with the Scoutmaster if you would like to be a counselor.
  • Merit badges are secondary priority to attaining First Class rank.
  • Summer Camp is a great time to work on merit badges!

Advancement FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Rank Advancements



Congratulations and welcome to our new Scouts! Many of you are eager to start

working on your next rank so you can earn that coveted Troop 212 green neckerchief when you become a Tenderfoot, so here is a brief description of how the advancement process works. Still have questions? You can always ask older scouts, your Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmasters (ASMs), or Advancement Co-Chairs.


When should I earn Scout rank?

New scouts who attend boot camp can meet all, or nearly all, of the requirements to earn Scout rank. If you are unable to attend boot camp, then you can try to work on the requirements at the next Troop campout or at another mutually convenient time. The Scoutmaster and/or ASMs are often available up to 20 to 30 minutes before meetings upon request. Ideally, you will earn Scout within a month or two of joining the Troop.


How do I advance to the next rank?

Work on the rank requirements at your own pace and get sign-offs in your Scout

Handbook from the Scoutmaster or any ASM. It’s best to get signoffs done while the information is still fresh in your mind. This can be done before or after a troop meeting (and sometimes there are opportunities during meetings, e.g. game night), during a designated Sign-off PALOOZA, during down times on camping trips (summer camps are a great time!), or by special request.


How quickly should I advance?

There are no hard and fast deadlines for rank advancements (except that Eagle rank must be completed before the scout’s 18th birthday), and each scout goes at his own pace. Generally, it takes up to two years to achieve First Class rank. Some scouts take off running and reach Eagle when they’re 13, while others never make it to Tenderfoot. Like most things, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. The journey is as important as the destination and we hope that you enjoy your time in scouting and learn important life skills along the way!


What happens after I get the requirements signed off?

After all the requirements are signed off (except for Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review), contact one of the ASMs or the Scoutmaster and schedule a Scoutmaster Conference. Again, this conference can be done before or after a troop meeting, during down times on camping trips, or by special arrangement. When you advance to Star and Life rank, the Scoutmaster Conference MUST be with the Scoutmaster.


What is a Board of Review?

Board of Reviews (BOR) are held monthly, typically during a troop meeting. At the BOR, a scout meets with 3 committee members for about 15 to 20 minutes. After a quick uniform inspection, you will be asked to state your name and the rank you’re advancing to, and recite the Scout Oath and/or Scout Law. Sometimes we may ask for the Scout Motto or Scout Slogan but you got this, right? The rest of the time is just a chat to see what you’ve enjoyed and learned about your scouting experiences so far. This is also a time to get feedback from scouts regarding any concerns they may have about how the troop is operating or if they have suggestions for improvements. Scouts are not quizzed on their rank requirements.


I am ready to advance to the next rank. How do I complete a BOR?

The Advancement Co-Chair will send a Troop-wide email asking Scouts who are ready for the next rank to sign up for the BOR using Sign Up Genius. Be sure that you have completed your Scoutmaster conference before BOR night! Come to the BOR with your Scout Handbook and dressed in full Class A uniform, including neckerchief, scout pants, scout socks, and belt. Troop 212 prides itself in showing respect to BSA by always wearing full uniform. Note that the first rank, Scout, is the only one that does NOT require a BOR. You will be called in to meet with the BOR when we are ready for you – we typically meet with 3 to 6 scouts during the evening.


What happens after the BOR?

After a successful BOR, the scout is officially advanced to the next rank, effective

immediately. We try to award the new badge at the end of the troop meeting that night, although sometimes it may be delayed until the following week.


What is the Court of Honor (COH)?

We present you with your rank badge soon after you earn it and your rank advancement will be formally recognized at the next quarterly Court of Honor Ceremony. These ceremonies are typically held in August (during the Pancake breakfast), November, February, and May/June. The scout is presented with his pocket card for the rank along with a parent’s rank pin for the scout to give to a parent in appreciation for their support.  These pins can be worn on a ribbon and we ask that parents wear them at the COH. The ribbon fills up as additional ranks are earned, all the way to Eagle!


What about merit badges? Should I start trying to earn these now?

Merit badges become more important as you advance in rank, beyond First Class. For now, focus on learning the skills needed for Scout through First Class. You should consider working on a Merit Badge now if it is offered through the Troop and/or it is one recommended by one of the ASMs for younger scouts. And you will have the opportunity to earn Merit Badges at summer camp! Please refer to the Merit Badge FAQ sheet for information about earning Merit Badges.


Advancement Co-Chairs (2016-Current)

Barbara Dalberth (Merit Badges)

Bdalberth@gmail.com

Deb Julian (BOR)

debjulian1@gmail.com




Click here to see a historical list of Troop 212's Scoutmasters.



Eagle Honor Roll

  1. Eric Murphy, 2001
  2. Mario Barbara, 2002
  3. Seth Garrett, 2002
  4. Matthew Caswell, 2002
  5. Thomas Waltersdorf, 2003
  6. Sean Gaynor, 2004
  7. Jonathan Gamble, 2005
  8. Kyle Blochl, 2005
  9. Teagan Miller, 2005
  10. Justin Gianni, 2005
  11. Matt Zeher, 2005
  12. Daniel Lipford, 2005
  13. Charles Morgan, 2005
  14. Derek Barbara, 2005
  15. Alex Berry, 2006
  16. Steven Metcalf, 2006
  17. Kevin Biegert, 2006
  18. Ian Bogan, 2006
  19. Andrew Bajerski, 2006
  20. Tony Wong, 2007
  21. Connor Harney, 2007
  22. Matt Zeyak, 2008
  23. Jonathan Dobson, 2008
  24. Joey DeRusso, 2008
  25. Ryan Aves, 2009
  26. Eric Metcalf, 2009
  27. Colin Wong, 2009
  28. Dan Konzman, 2009
  29. Tim Hageter, 2009
  30. Michael Bradley, 2009
  31. Seth Connor, 2010
  32. Daniel Salgado, 2010
  33. Andrew Eichen, 2010
  34. Christopher Gamble, 2010
  35. Matthew Bajerski, 2010
  36. Douglas Shaw, 2010
  37. Nick Bernath, 2011
  38. Ryan Gaucher, 2011
  39. Liam Gaynor, 2011
  40. Jeff Woodard, 2011
  41. Joshua Daniels, 2011
  42. Wes Haddon, 2011
  43. Nicolas Eichen, 2011
  44. Daniel Gardner, 2012
  45. Andy Yeh, 2012
  46. Ryan Biegert, 2012
  47. Jared Everson, 2012
  48. Andrew Hill, 2012
  49. Mike Peterson, 2012
  50. Barry Bowman, 2012
  51. Justin Ard, 2012
  52. Brian Schmid, 2013
  53. Erik Salgado, 2013
  54. Matthew Wall, 2013
  55. Joseph Caswell, 2013
  56. Neal Lockhart, 2013
  57. Austin Fissinger, 2014
  58. Cedric Nam, 2014
  59. Robert Stanley, 2014
  60. Ethan Dole, 2015
  61. Tim Lally, 2015
  62. Andrew Shaw, 2015
  63. Brendan Vasarhelyi, 2015
  64. Austin Godfrey, 2015
  65. Andrew Fitzgerald, 2015
  66. Zachary Young, 2015
  67. Alex Ault, 2015
  68. Zachary Tuman, 2015
  69. Ryler DeBuhr, 2015
  70. Matt Fletcher, 2015
  71. Zachary Everson, 2015
  72. Nick Glass, 2015
  73. Nico Kehn, 2015
  74. Walker Rundlett, 2015
  75. Spencer Bowman, 2015
  76. Justin Coman, 2016
  77. Camden Burr, 2016
  78. Andrew Lopez, 2016
  79. Jeffrey Dinger, 2016
  80. Ryan Coman, 2016
  81. Connor McElroy, 2016
  82. Shane Stanley, 2016
  83. Drake Sandman, 2016
  84. Tom Bonin, 2016
  85. Alexander Winger, 2016
  86. Ben Young, 2016
  87. Victor Yeh, 2016
  88. Matthew Kehn, 2017
  89. Alex Dalberth, 2017

Merit Badge FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Merit Badges



What is a Merit Badge?

A merit badge is an opportunity for scouts to learn skills and gain knowledge in a variety of subjects. There are currently 137 available merit badges which Scouts may select. Subjects range from animation, citizenship, crafts, robotics, science, sports, to trades. A Scout may earn a merit badge at any time but first year Scouts may want to wait until you are a little older (or bigger) to earn some merit badges (e.g., Personal Management, Shotgun, Climbing).


Why should I earn Merit Badges?

Beginning with the Star Rank, a Scout will need to complete a certain number of merit badges to earn that rank. To get to the rank of Eagle, a Scout will have had to complete 13 “Eagle-required” and an additional 8 other merit badges, for a total of 21. Merit badges earned beyond these may be counted toward Eagle Palms. Earning these merit badges gives Scouts a set of skills to carry through life, an opportunity to explore many fields, and introduces them to subjects that may become lifelong interests/hobbies or inspiration to pursue rewarding careers.


What are the Eagle-required Merit Badges?

The following are required for Eagle: Camping, Citizenship in the Community,

Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communication, Cooking,

Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving, Environmental Science OR Sustainability, Family Life, First Aid, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling. First year scouts could consider earning Family Life and Swimming (if you are a strong swimmer) but you may want to wait at least a year before starting on the other Eagle-required ones.


How can I get a list of the Merit Badges?

The official and most current requirements can be found here:

http://www.scouting.org/meritbadges.aspx. There is also a Boy Scout Requirements Book that you can purchase at the Scout Shop or Scoutstuff.org for $5.99. It comes out annually and lists ALL the Merit Badges and requirements. For each merit badge, there is a Merit Badge Pamphlet that you can purchase at the scout shop or on Scoutstuff.org. The troop’s library may also have a copy available to check out and you may find relevant information on line. The pamphlets include useful information on the requirements and are designed to help a scout learn about a subject – they are a great resource! There are also worksheets available on line to help you track certain requirements and make notes for discussions as you work on the requirements. Here is a great resource for worksheets: http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/worksheets/list.asp


What if I am ready to learn/earn a Merit Badge?

  1. Email or talk to the Scoutmaster about your interest in earning a merit badge and request a Blue Card. The Scoutmaster will help you identify a qualified merit badge counselor, typically an adult leader within our troop and give you a Blue Card (a tri-section card) with the Counselor’s name. Use the Troop Roster (if needed) to find the Counselor’s email address. Be sure to copy another adult on any emails that you send to a leader.
  2. Obtain a copy of the merit badge pamphlet (check with our Troop Librarian or check on line before purchasing). Print a worksheet for the merit badge if there is one available.
  3. Communicate with your Merit Badge Counselor before working on the requirements so that you can review the requirements together and be clear on expectations. It is up to the counselor whether he/she will accept work on the badge prior to getting a blue card.
  4. Read the pamphlet and begin work on the requirements. You may meet with your counselor periodically to get requirements signed off as you complete them.
  5. During the meetings with your counselor, you will be expected to know the information that is asked and demonstrate what is needed. The counselor will initial and sign the Blue Card once you have satisfied each of the requirements. The counselor will keep the Counselor’s Record section of the Blue Card and return the remaining 2 sections of the card to you.
  6. Once the counselor has signed your Blue Card, give both sections to the Scoutmaster who will sign and return one section of the card back to you to keep (Applicant’s Record) and give one to the Advancement Chair to keep for Troop records (Application for MB).


When will I get my Merit Badge?

Merit badges are presented to scouts during the next Court of Honor.


What is a Blue Card?

The Blue Card is a two-sided, tri-section document also known as the Application for Merit Badge. Why is it called “blue”? Because it’s blue in color and it’s much easier to remember than its formal name! It’s an official document that serves as a record of progress toward completion of a merit badge. Until the Scout has completed all the requirements, keep the blue card in a safe place. It’s the only documentation showing evidence of what the merit badge counselor has signed off. The merit badge counselor will list and initial each completed requirement in the middle section. Once all of the requirements are completed, the merit badge counselor will sign the blue card. Remember, it is not fully completed until the Scoutmaster signs section 1 & 2 of the blue card.  Scoutmaster/Advancement Chair keeps Section 1; Scout keeps Section 2; MB Counselor keeps Section 3.


Is it necessary to keep the blue card once the merit badge is

earned/completed?

YES, in case Scoutmaster/Advancement Chair misplaced their portion (section 1). By saving the Applicant’s Record portion of the completed/counselor signed blue card (section 2), the scout has proof that he has completed the merit badge! Keep it in a special spot such as the clear plastic baseball card protector sheets in a binder.


Is a blue card always issued when I am working on a Merit Badge?

There are two occasions when blue cards are not issued.

1. At summer camps. Scouts do not need blue cards when signing up for merit

badges. The camp will send the Scoutmaster a list of all merit badges that were

completed as well as those that were started but not completed. We refer to the

incomplete merit badges as “Partials” since scouts have only “partially”

completed the merit badges. If you did not complete a merit badge at summer

camp and you want to continue to work on it then request a Blue Card from the

Scoutmaster. The card will already have the requirements that you have met

documented.

2. Troop offers a merit badge class. Merit badge counselor will keep track of the

scout’s progress on a spreadsheet. However, if the scout does not complete the

merit badge in a timely manner, then a blue card can be issued.


Is there a time limit for completing a Merit Badge?

There is NO time limit for completing a merit badge and the ‘partials’ do not expire until the Scout’s 18th birthday but why procrastinate! 


How long does it take to complete a merit badge?

Some merit badges do not take a lot of time and effort to complete while others could take weeks and months. Three of the Eagle-required merit badges, Family Life, Personal Fitness, and Personal Management, require 9 to 12 weeks of tracking. Try to get these three merit badges completed early on instead of waiting until the final stage of your trail to Eagle.


Will the Merit Badge requirements change from year-to-year?

Occasionally merit badges may get updated and requirements will change. If you

already began work on the merit badge prior to the changes, then you can follow the old requirements to complete the merit badge.


What should I do with all the Merit Badge patches?

The Merit Badge Sash (available at the Scout Shop) is a great place to permanently display the Merit Badge patches that you have earned. Buy the larger size so that you can grow into it and avoid having to resew the patches! It is worn during formal events and activities such as our Troop Court of Honor, your Eagle Board of Review, but not during regular Troop meetings or campouts. Important Note to Scout: The sash is worn over the RIGHT shoulder, down to the left hip so be sure to sew the patches on the correct side of the sash! Hint: Badge Magic (for purchase at the Scout store) is a great invention and does not require sewing. Great for merit badges since they do not need to be replaced, unlike rank badges!


Do the Eagle-required merit badges look different than the other merit

badges?

Yes! The Eagle-required merit badges have a silver border while the other merit

badges have a lime green border.


Who can be a Merit Badge Counselor?

ANY registered adults 18 or older from our Troop, Moms included, who have some

knowledge, skills, and/or experience in that topic/subject could sign up to be a Merit Badge Counselor. He/she needs to complete a Merit Badge Counselor Orientation Training provided online. If you know someone who is interested ask them to talk to our Scoutmaster. It’s a fantastic and rewarding way to get to know scouts in the troop.


What if I still have questions?

Contact your Scoutmaster, an ASM, or either of the Advancement Co-Chairs (Mrs.

Dalberth (bdalberth@gmail.com) or Mrs. Julian (debjulian1@gmail.com).