"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."
Use this page and the information on it to help you choose your path to advancement in scouting. You should record all of your rank advancement in your Boy Scout Handbook. Also, advancement is up to the individual scout, not the troop. A great deal of information to help you advance is gathered here. A good place to start is your Hand Book. Additional information can be found at the BSA National Website.
Special opportunities are also available for the scout to try. These include many different areas of interest. Listed to the right side of this page are some of the different awards that a scout can earn in this area.
Merit Badges offer the scout a multitude of different career and special interest areas that he can choose from. Some merit badges are required for different rank advancement (Star, Life and Eagle Scout).
Click on Merit Badge
The Greater Niagara Frontier Council sponsors many different Merit Badge courses over the course of the year. Listed below are links and info for most of these Merit Badges. You can always find more info at the GNFC Website.
As with all Merit Badges, you are required to have a signed Merit Badge Card by your Scoutmaster. It is very important that Scouts keep these cards as a record and proof of having earned the Merit Badge.
If you want to work on a Merit Badge, it is recommended that you select the Merit Badge of your choice and then contact the Counselor for that badge. You can choose a counselor from within the troop if someone is a counselor for that badge. You may also let any of the leaders of the troop know what badge you are planning on working on and they help guide you if you need it. The Current GNFC MB Counselor list can be located on Scoutbook. When you log into Scoutbook, select Troop 931 then scroll down that page and look for MB Counselor List.
Merit Badges Available through the Council
Wild Spirit Education Center
COVID-19 UPDATE Due to state mandates of social distancing and our concern for your safety and ours, ALL of our merit badge workshops will be held online until further notice.
We offer many merit badges for BSA Scouts. Our naturalists are registered merit badge counselors for most of the nature related merit badges. We can also help you with Eagle Scout projects or can arrange for community service hours for your Troop. Upcoming BSA Scout Merit Badge Workshops...
ONLINE - Environmental Science ONLINE - Bird Study ONLINE - Mammal Study ONLINE - Photography ONLINE - Sustainability ONLINE - Nature ONLINE - Indian Lore ONLINE - Fish and Wildlife Management ONLINE - Forestry
All BSA Scout Workshops cost $15 each. *** To register for a Wild Spirit Online Merit Badge Workshop, please click here. If you see a class you want to take, you can sign up for that class using Paypal.
Rochester Museum of Science
Rochester Museum of Science offers a variety of Merit Badges. Click on the logo to go directly to their website for more info
Troop 931 Merit Badge Counselors
Backpacking- Mr. Kindron
Camping- Mr. Kindron
Communication- Mr. Kindron
Emerg. Preparedness- Mr. Kindron
First Aid- Mr. Kindron
Geology- Mr. Trombley
Motorboating - Mr. Albert
Personal Management- Mrs. Thiel
Salesmanship - Mr. Albert
Snow Sports- Mr. Kindron
Traffic Safety- Mr. Kindron
Weather- Mr. Trombley
Collections- Mr. Kindron
Citizenship in Society - Mr. Kindron
Cooking- Mr. Kindron
Entrepreneurship- Mr. Albert
Environmental Science- Mr. Trombley
Fire Safety- Mr. Kindron
Home Repairs- Mr. Rotolo/Mr. Albert
Oceanography- Mr. Trombley
Public Speaking- Mr. Kindron
Scholarship- Mrs. Rotolo, Mr. Trombley
Signs, Signals and Codes- Mr. Kindron
Soil & Water Conservation- Mr. Trombley
Water Sports- Mr. Albert
National Outdoor Badges for Camping, Hiking, Aquatics, Riding, Adventure, and Conservation
National Medal for Outdoor Achievement
STEM- Science Technology Engineering Mathematics
Mile Swim BSA
Stand Up Paddleboarding
Historic Trails Award
Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award
Paul Bunyan Woodsman
World Conservation Award
BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award Program