Shawnee Trails District Advancement

Merit Badge Counselors

Merit Badge Counselors work with Scouts on their selected merit badges. 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 subject, or having a great day of personal experience with the merit badge. A Merit Badge Counselor must complete the following requirements to be a Merit Badge Counselor:
See here for more info on becoming a Merit Badge Counselor

Merit Badge Counselor Training

To become a Merit Badge Counselor you must attend Merit Badge Counselor Training. This training can be completed online at In addition to the Merit Badge Counselor Training, individuals must also have current Youth Protection Training, register with the BSA as a Merit Badge Counselor, and complete the Heart of America Council Merit Badge Counselor Application

Eagle Scout Information

Shawnee Trails District is proud of the many Eagle Scouts that come out of all our troops throughout the year. Annually, more than 150 youth earn the Eagle Scout Award in our district.
Project Approvals:  At the current time all prospective Eagle Scouts will have their project reviewed by approved members of the District Advancement Committee prior to starting the project. The approval process will be conducted via email and through virtual means. These Scouters will ensure the Eagle Project fulfills all National Advancement requirements for the Eagle Scout Rank. To start the process for approval and review please contact BOTH Marshall Hollingsworth and Rick Thomann. To help Scouts prepare for the project review and finalization, we suggest you review the following information:
Eagle Boards of Review:  At the current time all Eagle Boards of Review will be held virtually, unless scheduled accordingly with the District Advancement Committee. The District Advancement Committee will schedule the Board of Review with the individual Scout and leaders to occur when all parties are available during this time.

Scout Leader Resources

Internet Advancement

Reporting Internet Advancement is a requirement of the Boy Scouts of America. Units should select an advancement processor who is granted access with a council-provided Unit I.D. It's recommended that units report advancements monthly to ensure timely credit for the youth's achievements.

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!

Camping Awards


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 these various awards:


Philip Starcke

Vice-Chair of Advancement

Shawnee Trails District