Boy Scout Advancements



Eagle Scout Project Approvals - John Meyers is our Thunderbird District Advancement Committee person for Scouts who need to get an eagle project approval in order to begin work on their project. Once a Scout has received Unit approval for a project proposal, they should call John Meyers at 630.430.0720. If he is unavailable, please leave a clear message including name, unit #, and a contact phone number, so he can return their call.

Merit Badge Requirements - Click on the link above to bring up useful information about merit badges your Scouts may earn. There are well over 100 of them listed in alphabetical order, for all of the current merit badge subjects. Click each subject to see the requirements for that merit badge.


  • Merit Badge Counselor Form Fill out this form to indicate which Merit Badges you are willing to counsel Scouts. Turn in this form to the Scout Center, along with an adult leader application to become a registered Merit Badge Counselor. There is no fee to be a MB counselor.
  • A Guide for Merit Badge CounselingThis guide will give you more information on being a Merit Badge Counselor.
  • If your unit wishes to find a Merit Badge Counselor for a particular Merit Badge or wants to see which badges their adults are signed up to council, please contact Jerry Bevignani, Thunderbird District Advancement Chair.

Catholic Committee on ScoutingDiocese of Joliet Scouting Information

Boy Scout Religious medal program workbooks are available at the Council Scout Shops.


Boy Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Boy Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Boy Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

Advancement Resources - Includes the 2015 Advancement Guide

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Procedures

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Procedures

Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook Procedures