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Advancements and Recognition

Welcome to the Goose Creek District ARC Webpage!

Goose Creek District Advancement & Recognition Committee (ARC)


District ARC Chairman: Alan Steiner

Eagle Scout Advisers: Ed Thiede (Ashburn), Mark Keefe (South Riding), Tonia Chagnon (Sterling), Brad Scales (Sterling), Roberta (Bobbie) Scales (Sterling), Alan Steiner (Sterling), Kurt Struder (Hamilton), Deanna Solomon (Western Loudoun), Dave Tarbet (Latter-Day Saints).

Merit Badge Dean: Tom Hill

Special Needs Scouting: Claudia Wolfson

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 attempts to accomplish this by …

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.

The February 2019 Merit Badge Counselor (MBC) lists are the first ones to take into account the new YPT completion, so many people have dropped off the list by not taking the training (or it not getting reported to the Merit Badge Dean). If anyone has completed the new YPT but was dropped off, email with the updated information and we’ll get them on the next list. As long as they have YPT they can continue to counsel scouts on merit badges.

The 2017 BSA 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


Merit Badge Counselors sorted by badge (Updated February 2019)

Merit Badge Counselors sorted by counselor (Updated February 2019)

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.

Critical Links

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:

NCAC Advancements & Recognition Committee Resources:

Contact Advancement Chairman Alan Steiner with questions or for more information.