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 which is held at Roundtable at 7 p.m. at Shawnee Mission United Methodist Church - 10700 Johnson Drive. 2020 Merit Badge Counselor Training will be offered in March, May, August, October, and December. The training takes about an hour and participants will need to bring their current Youth Protection Training Certificate, and be prepared to fill out an adult application, consent to a criminal background check, and fill out a Merit Badge Counselor Application. Training starts at 7 p.m., so please do not attend the announcement portion of Roundtable. To bring Merit Badge Counselor Training to your troop, please contact Darin Shank.

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 boys earn the Eagle Scout Award in our district.
Project Approvals:  Prospective Eagle Scouts must have their project reviewed and approved by members of the Shawnee Trails District Advancement Committee prior to starting the project. These Scouters will ensure the Eagle Project fulfills all National Advancement requirements for the Eagle Scout Rank. The review of these projects takes place at the monthly Roundtable meetings. Roundtable takes place on the first Thursday of the month, except July, at the Shawnee United Methodist Church - 10700 Johnson Drive.  To help Scouts prepare for the project review and finalization, we suggest you review the following information:
Eagle Boards of Review:  Eagle Boards of Review are held at 7PM, on the third Thursday of each month at Emmanuel Baptist Church - 10100 Metcalf Ave. OP, KS 66212.

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