Advancement is an integral part of the Scouting experience. The Trails West District is committed to shaping the lives of all our Scouts as they advance through the ranks of Scouting. From Bobcat to Eagle, each step is important in their growth as a Scout and as a young person in our communities.

Cub Scout Program

Preparation, Qualification & Recognition
Tiger, Bobcat, Wolf, Bear, Webelos & Arrow of Light

Boy Scout Program

Learning, Testing, Reviewing & Recognition
Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life & Eagle

Venturing Program

Advancement to Eagle same as Boy Scouts
Venturing Bronze, Gold, Silver Awards, Ranger & Quartermaster Awards

Eagle Scout Program

Project Submission during District Roundtables
Eagle Boards of Review scheduled thru District Advancement Chairman

TW District Advancement Chairman: Shogo Cottrell

Merit Badge Forum

Iron Horse District will be holding a Merit Badge Forum shortly after the establishment of the district in January 2016.  Please click IRON HORSE DISTRICT MERIT BADGE FORUM for details and registration information.

Advancement Resources & Forms for Eagle Scouts

Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook

Eagle Scout Rank Application

Eagle Scout Palm Application - HOAC

Eagle Scout Certificate Return Form - HOAC


  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must complete MB Counelor Training
  • Must be Youth Protection Trained
  • All new Counselors must register with BSA (free)
  • Counselors must renew annually

Merit Badge Counselor Application

Adult Leader Application

Merit Badge Subjects