Goose Creek District Advancement & Recognition Committee (ARC)
District ARC Chairman: Alan Steiner
Eagle Scout Advisers: Ed Thiede (Ashburn), Brad Scales (Sterling), Roberta (Bobbie) Scales (Sterling), Alan Steiner (Sterling), Kurt Struder (Hamilton).
Merit Badge Dean: Rich Pender
Special Needs Scouting: vacant
Function of the ARC
Operating under the auspices of the Programs Committee in Goose Creek District, the function of the Advancement and Recognition Committee is to motivate and train unit leaders and unit committee members in the advancement program. It accomplishes this by:
- Helping units establish an active advancement program through training, communications and 1-on-1 mentoring.
- Assisting in the Eagle Scout advancement, process, including the review of records and participation on Eagle Boards of Review.
- Providing recognition to District Scouters. For example, please visit the Past Recipients of the Goose Creek District Award of Merit page.
GCD Merit Badge Counselor
and STEM Counselor/Mentor
Registration and Lists
NCAC has delegated the responsibility of approving and maintaining a list of current Merit Badge Counselors (MBC) to the Districts. A MBC is a District-level, not a Unit, position, which means leaders must submit a new BSA Adult Leader application even if already registered in another capacity.
Registration as a Merit Badge Counselor (MBC) and STEM Nova Counselor and Supernova Mentor can now be completed online:
- Obtain the District’s QR Code by emailing email@example.com for each new counselor. This will take you directly into my.scouting.org to register. The online process incorporates a BSA Adult Leader Application, a background check waiver and YPT check. Be sure to indicate position code for MBC (Position Code 42), STEM Nova Counselor (Code 58) or STEM Supernova Mentor (Code 52).
- Complete a MBC Information Form (found here) and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Complete the online training course for Merit Badge Counselors. Sign in to my.scouting.org, and complete the set of four short videos, and then send verification of completion (certificate or screen shot) also to email@example.com.
- Once approved, you will appear in Scoutbook as a MBC.
- MBC and STEM Lists are updated several times a year.
MERIT BADGE COUNSELOR LISTS
The most recent MBC lists are available at these links:
Merit Badge Counselors sorted by badge (Updated April 2023)
Merit Badge Counselors sorted by counselor (Updated April 2023)
As specified in the BSA Guide to Advancement, MBC/STEM Lists are not to be easily available to Scouts. Rather, the Scout should work with Unit Leadership to find a MBC or STEM volunteer for the badge of interest. Therefore, the MBC/STEM lists are password-protected. Unit leaders can request the password by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lists only include those MBC and STEM volunteers willing to work with all Scouts in Goose Creek District. MBCs who asked to only work with their Troop are not included; the expectation is that the Troop will make sure their names are known to their Scouts.
For further understanding of the MBC process, see the NCAC MBC page found 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:
- Guide to Advancement (2017 – Pub No.33088) … in PDF;;
- Advancement Report (Pub No. 34403 – formerly Rank Advancement Form)
- Advancement News (Archive … of current/past issues)
- Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook (Pub No. 512-927… expandable)
- Navigating the Eagle Scout Service Project; Info for Project Beneficiaries
- National Eagle Scout Project Impact Grant program (subsidies for Eagle Projects) … coming soon
- Eagle Scout Rank Requirements (scroll to bottom of page for link to listed requirements).
- 2017 Eagle Scout Rank Application (Pub No. 512-728) … (The April 2017 Printing (noted on the bottom-right of the second page) is current. You must use this 2017 version of the ESRA. Do not attempt to complete it online, but save it to your computer and then open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- You may have noticed that since 2013, the 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:
- NCAC ARC Homepage
- NCAC ARC – Information for Eagle Candidates for info on things such as …
- NCAC ARC – Information for Venturing Scouts with additional links for …
- NCAC Venturing Summit Award Guide
- Venturing Summit Award Service Project Workbook … (save to PC, then open with Adobe)
- Venturing Summit Award Application … (save to PC, then open with Adobe)
- Venturing Board of Review Guide
- NCAC Internet Advancement Info – (Access requires iExplorer)
- NCAC ARC Contact Info … soon
Contact Advancement Chairman Alan Steiner with questions or for more information.