Iron Horse District Advancement

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Eagle Scout   Merit Badges   MB Counselor Training

Merit Badge Forum   Internet Advancement   STEM

Lifesaving Awards   Adult Service & Support Awards


Jim Forson
IH Advancement Chair
 (816) 941-8036

Iron Horse District 2016-2017 Advancement Event Calendar





Eagle Board of Reviews October 19, 2017; Colonial Presbyterian Church, 12501 W 137th St, Overland Park, KS Gordon Harton; 913.897.1769; No Cost; Board dates arranged through Eagle Presentations at monthly Roundtables
Eagle Board of Reviews November 16, 2017; Colonial Presbyterian Church, 12501 W 137th St, Overland Park, KS Gordon Harton; 913.897.1769; No Cost; Board dates arranged through Eagle Presentations at monthly Roundtables
Eagle Board of Reviews December 21, 2017; Colonial Presbyterian Church, 12501 W 137th St, Overland Park, KS Gordon Harton; 913.897.1769; No Cost; Board dates arranged through Eagle Presentations at monthly Roundtables

Eagle Scout Information

Project Approvals: Iron Horse District Advancement Committee Members review project proposals at Roundtable, which are held the first Thursday of the month (except in the month of July).  We often start early (usually around 6:30) to make sure we accommodate everyone, but please don't send your scouts earlier than that.  This just adds to the stress for the young man.  Since our team is comprised solely of volunteers, the speed at which we can review Eagle proposals depends entirely on how many volunteers we have at any given Roundtable.  The scout should have:

  • The contact and proposal section completed, including signatures.
  • Neatly arranged in a three ring binder.

Final Eagle Workbook Turn-in: We also accept Final Eagle workbook turn-in at Roundtable.  This is when the Eagle has completed everything and is ready for us to schedule an Eagle Board.  This is not his Eagle Board of Review!  He does not need to show up in full uniform with all his board members in tow (although it's a good time to see if his uniform still fits)!  The Scout will need:

  • His completed Eagle workbook (planning and final report), with final pictures and all required signatures.
  • His completed Eagle Application, including committee signatures and scoutmaster conference date.
  • His statement of life goals and ambitions.
  • His letters of recommendation (optional; these may be brought to the Board of Review if that is more convenient).

If everything is approved, Iron Horse District Advancement Committee leadership will keep his workbook and application at this meeting and, on the young man's behalf, that district volunteer leadership will submit his application to the Heart of America Council Service Center for approval before his Board of Review.

Eagle Boards of Review: Eagle Boards of Review are held on the third Thursday of the month at Colonial Presbyterian Church at 135th and Quivira. We hold boards at 6:30 and 8:00. Candidates are notified 3 to 4 weeks in advance as to their time slot. Some adjustments can be accommodated. Final reviews handed in at roundtable are normally scheduled for review the following month. An example would be Final reviews in January are submitted to council for approval, and the boards are scheduled for February. Again, there are always exceptions, but we try to stick to this for consistency. This gives the candidate time to do the following:

  • Notify his troop/crew as to his desire to sit his Eagle Board of Review, and, according to unit policy, have three board members selected. (Many units have unique processes to select Board Members).
  • Arrange for his letters of recommendation to be delivered to a troop contact for eventual delivery to the Board chair on the night of the Board.
  • Arrange for his "friend of scout" (optional).
  • Arrange for his parent/guardians to be present for pictures afterwards (district provides a photographer).

If the Scout has a successful Eagle Board of Review, Iron Horse District Advancement Committee leadership will take the signed and approved application and the completed information form (the Scout will get this form at the Board of Review) the Heart of America Council Service Center to be recorded and submitted to National.

Situations often arise with varying mitigating circumstances that may hinder a young man's advancement toward the rank of Eagle Scout.  Conditions that may hinder his advancement could include special needs (physical, mental, behavioral, and/or emotional needs), a young man approaching the age of 18, or a young man who has completed everything required except his Board of Review who is past the age of 18.  Specific questions or concerns about these circumstances or others concerning advancement to Eagle Scout for a young man should be addressed as quickly as possible to either Jim Forson, IH Advancement Chair or Gordon Harton, IH Eagle Board of Review Coordinator.

Additional Forms and Resources for work on the Eagle Scout Rank can be found by clicking HERE!

Merit Badge Program and Counselors

The Merit Badge program allows any Boy Scout or any qualified Venturer to learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges.  Boys will also pick-up some valuable life skills along the way as they earn these merit badges.

Youth, are you looking for a Merit Badge Counselor?  Click HERE to search for a Merit Badge Counselor!

Merit Badge Counselors work with young men on their selected merit badge(s).  The Merit Badge Counselor is qualified to teach the merit badges he/she offers to teach, usually as a result of a professional background in the subject matter, being a hobbyist in the selected merit badge, or having a great deal of personal experience with the merit badge.  A Merit Badge Counselor must complete the following requirements to be a Merit Badge Counselor:

Merit Badge Counselor Training

Merit Badge Counselor Training is held on the odd months of the year in conjunction with Roundtable.  See our Advancement Calendar for more information.

For additional information about serving as a Merit Badge Counselor or to contact the Heart of America Council for more details, click HERE!

Merit Badge Forum

Iron Horse District holds an annual Merit Badge Forum.  2018's Merit Badge Forum will be held at St. James Academy (24505 Prairie Star Pkwy, Lenexa, KS 66227) on January 6, January 20, and February 3.  To register, please visit  For more information, contact Scott Tobias at

Internet Advancement

Reporting advancement is a requirement of the Boy Scouts of America, and entering it directly into the BSA system through an Internet portal is the most straightforward way to get it done. Internet Advancement has served as the portal since 2006.  Internet Advancement has been available for reporting Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, and Sea Scout ranks; Venturing advancement awards; merit badges; and many other awards available across the BSA programs.

All advancement must be reported to local councils.  This is important in keeping member records up to date, and it assures an accurate count in the Journey to Excellence performance recognition program.  When this is done, it alleviates issues in documenting progress as Scouts submit Eagle applications or transfer from one unit to another within a council. Consistent and constant reporting also assures accurate records for use by commissioners, other district and council volunteers, and the National Council.

These are critical in evaluating unit health, adjusting service delivery, and researching changes in programs and requirements. It is recommended that units report advancement at least monthly with a final annual report each December. These reporting cycles are important because they support local and National Council data collection for the Journey to Excellence program as well as statistical analysis.

STEM Advancement Programs

Currently, the Heart of America Council is developing is STEM program offerings.  For more on our STEM Camps, click HERE!

If you are interested in becoming a Supernova Mentor, click HERE!

Please look forward to some new and exciting information from the Iron Horse District STEM Team to help you provide your unit with some additional programs!

Lifesaving & Meritorious Action Awards

National and council awards may be presented to members of Scouting for displaying unusual heroism, skill or bravery made for outstanding and unusual acts.  Details of the various awards can be found by clicking HERE!

Adult Service & Support Awards

Several awards for service by adults to Scouting and to other organizations while a Scouter are available.  Click the links below for more information on all these various awards: