The Merit Badge Counselor List is now available for access by unit Scoutmasters, Committee Chairs and Advancement Chairs. The document is "password protected" to ensure security of private and personal information. To request the password, or submit questions or corrections on this list, contact  Eric Sharrin, Rockland District Merit Badge Coordinator, at
Merit Badge Links
Scouting.Org - BSA Merit Badge web site
US Scouting Service Project  - An introduction to the merit badge area
Boy Scout Trail -  Merit badge description and useful information
Boys Life - Introduction to interactive digital merit badge pamphlets  - Sample of downloadable cooking merit badge
Scout - Purchase interactive digital merit badge pamphlets
Scoutbook 2016 - Describes all current merit badges and downloadable worksheet.
Bryan on Scouting Merit Badge Updates  - Keep up to date on merit badge changes

Scouting Achievement Awards and other Opportunities

Below you will find useful documents that describe additional awards that scouts can earn other than Merit badges.  Please share with your scouts the additional opportunities they have to enhance their scouting activites. 

Badges and Awards - This document list numerous badges and awards scouts can earn and has information on how to earn them.

Awards Brochure - This document gives a brief run down of  some of the awards scouts can earn, this is more a handout to the scouts listing available awards.

Additional awards can be found on awards site

 William T. Hornaday Awards

The Hornaday Awards Program emphasis is designed to incorporate an awareness and understanding of conservation as wise and intelligent management of natural resources throughout Boy Scouts of America programs and activities. The BSA National Council describes the Hornaday Award as being “equivalent to an Olympic medal bestowed by the earth.” 

William T Hornaday Awards Guidebook

William T. Hornday Brouchure Handout

World Conservation Award

The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers to "think globally" and "act locally" to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources and that we are interdependent with our world environment.

As a Boy Scout, you can earn this award by earning the following merit badges:

  1. Environmental Science merit badge.
  2. Either Soil and Water Conservation OR 
    Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge.
  3. Citizenship in the World merit badge

World Conservation Award Form

PALA Awards

PALA stands for the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award,a program of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN).
PALA is designed to motivate participants to be physically active on a regular basis by allowing them to participate in activities they enjoy, as well as improving their eating habits. Earning a PALA is definitely doable by anyone at any fitness level.

PALA Brochure

PALA Launch Tips

1777 & 1779 Revolutionary Trail Program  

1777 & 1779 Revolutionary Trail Program Award

1777 & 1779 Trail Map