Advancement Activities

Merit Badge Mania

The annual Merit Badge event provides opportunities for Scouts to take classes on one, day-long Saturday.  Scouts who complete the prerequisites, identified by each Counselor in advance, can often earn two Merit Badges in one day.  This is a locally held event, lunch and snacks are provided.  It is always well attended and we try to offer classes not readily available – Law, Chess, Scouting Heritage, Disabilities Awareness, Welding –  along with the more requested Citizenships (Community, Nation, World), Art, Camping, First Aid and many others.

Extreme Merit Badge Mania Weekend

A weekend event held at Camp Verdugo Oaks, usually in the spring.  This is three days of more “extreme” merit badge classes.  We choose classes that are often difficult to complete and require more time.  Typically we offer Camping, Wilderness Survival, Hiking, First Aid, Environmental Science, Swimming and Archery.  Every year is different and we encourage scouts to join us for a full weekend of merit badge work and add two nights of camping towards your rank advancement.

New York Film Academy Merit Badge Day

The New York Film Academy in Burbank has hosts this very special Merit Badge Day for the Verdugo Hills Council Scouts.  They offer the expertise of their instructors for a full day in the fields of Animation, Game Design, Moviemaking and Photography at NO cost.  These are rare opportunities and we are gratified that so many VHC scouts have taken advantage of these Merit Badge classes.  Sign up early!

VHC Annual Recognition Dinner and Awards

A special evening created to honor the best of the best.  This annual dinner honors and celebrates all of the previous year’s Eagle Scouts and the recipients of the Silver Beaver Award given to Scouters and volunteers who have made an impact on the lives of youth through service to the council.  We also present the Outstanding Eagle Scout Award, the Glenn A. and Melinda W. Adams Award for Outstanding Service Project of the Year and the Torch of Gold award which recognizes adults for exceptional service and leadership in working with Scouts who have disabilities.  This annual event is open to all and we encourage families to attend and celebrate the accomplishments of our Scouts and volunteers alike.

Merit Badge Counselor Training

The Merit Badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. By serving as a Merit Badge counselor you offer your time, knowledge and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.  Merit Badge Counselor Training will be offered as needed or requested.  For specific training information go to: www.scouting.org/filestore/training/…/Merit_Badge_Counselor/The_Essentials.pptx