Welcome to the Goose Creek ARC Webpage!”
The National Capital Area Council (NCAC) made some changes recently in website service providers, resulting in the redesign and reformatting of all sub-sites within. As such, much of what was provided at the Council subcommittee and district level is changing. If you do not find what you need, please ‘come back again’ … it may be something that will be completed soon.
Goose Creek Advancement & Recognition Committee (ARC)
District ARC Chairman: Brad Scales
Eagle Scout Advisers: Ed Thiede, Mark Keefe, Tonia Chagnon, Stephen Hess, Kurt Struder, Brad Scales, Deanna Solomon, Michael Blaylock and Tom Hayes.
Special Needs Scouting: Claudia Wolfson
Function of the ARC
Operating within, and under the auspices of the Programs Committee in Goose Creek, the function of the district Advancement and Recognition Committee is to motivate and train unit leaders and unit committee members in the advancement program. It attempts to accomplish this by …
- Helping units establish an active advancement program, through training, communications and 1-on-1 mentoring.
- Providing assistance in Eagle Scout advancement, including the review of records and participation on Eagle Boards of Review.
- Providing recognition to district Scouters. (derived from BSA Pub#33088)
GC Merit Badge Counselor (MBC) Lists
The A&R Committee is also responsible for the major elements of the Merit Badge Program – recruiting, training and certifying merit badge counselors and for publishing lists of counselors.
August, 2015 Update: The 2015 Guide to Advancement specifies that MBC Lists are not to be easily available to scouts. Troop leadership serve an important role in working with the scout to find a Merit Badge Counselor for the badge the scout is interested in. Goose Creek does not have a password-protected section of our website, however, so the following files are password-protected. Troop leaders who need the password can request it from the Merit Badge Dean or other staff members by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- These lists are constantly evolving based on updated lists from Council, YPT expiry, and inputs from troop merit badge coordinators. Email the Merit Badge Dean with any required fixes.
- The lists only include MBCs willing to work with scouts in the district or all scouts. MBCs who asked to only work with their troop are not included, and are expected to work with that troop to make sure their names are known to the scouts they will serve.
Merit Badge Counselors sorted by badge
- There is an effort to make merit badges part of a scouter’s electronic record found in my.scouting.org, but a timeline for that effort, or the details of how it would work have not been given.
Merit Badge Counselors sorted by counselor
Also, to access the proper/current Merit Badge Counselor Information Form (to sign up for new merit badges), and to gain a complete understanding of the Council's process for managing the Merit Badge Counselor efforts, see the NCAC MB page here.
To ensure consistency between the information and forms accessed by users of our website, many of the links offered within are best done by directing the reader to the real source material.
National Advancements Team – General Resources:
- You may have noticed that the new 2013 & 2014 Eagle Scout Rank Applications (ESRA) contain a third page. This is an optional page, and should NOT be submitted to Council. The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) wanted a way to maintain contact with new Eagle Scouts and this appeared to be the best way to start the process.
- The third page does not affect the processing of the ESRA.
- In fact, this third page is OPTIONAL – completed at the discretion of the Eagle Scout Candidates, and/or his parents). As such, the third page must not be sent with the ESRA for certification.
- It must also not be included in the Eagle Scout Package. It is a voluntary form provided by NESA and should be sent directly to NESA, by the Scout’s family.
- National Advancement Team - Resources
NCAC Advancements & Recognition Committee Resources:
The NCAC ARC website is one of those that is undergoing significant restructuring and is currently unavailable. Once re-established, you can expect to find – among other things - links to the following
Contact Advancement Chairman Brad Scales with questions or for more information. Note if your need is time-critical (i.e. you need a quick/brief response today, try my work email here. Otherwise, I will respond to your request as quickly as I can upon gaining accessing my home email.)