"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 that you need a list of counselors for that badge. Once you have a counselor in mind it is recommended that you call them and ask them about their availability and suggestions for working on the badge.
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
All BSA Scout Workshops cost $15 each. *** To register for a Wild Spirit Online Merit Badge Workshop, please click here or visit www.wildspirit.org/Classes. 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
American Heritage- Mrs. Rotolo
Astronomy- Mr. Rotolo; Mr.Trombley
Backpacking- Mr. Kindron
Camping- Mr. Kindron
Chemistry- Mr. Thiel
Citizenship in the Nation- Mrs. Rotolo
Communication- Mr. Kindron
Cycling- Mr. Rotolo
Disability Awareness- Mrs. Rotolo
Electronics- Mr. Rotolo
Emerg. Preparedness- Mr. Kindron
Environmental Science- Mr. Trombley
Family Life- Mrs. Rotolo
Genealogy- Mrs. Rotolo
Fire Safety- Mr. Kindron
Motorboating - Mr. Albert
Home Repairs- Mr. Rotolo/Mr. Albert
Oceanography- Mr. Trombley
Painting- Mr. Rotolo
Public Speaking- Mr. Kindron
Scholarship- Mrs. Rotolo, Mr. Trombley
Signs, Signals and Codes- Mr. Kindron
Space Exploration- Mr. Rotolo
Traffic Safety- Mr. Kindron
Weather- Mr. Trombley
American Cultures- Mrs. Rotolo
Architecture- Mrs. Rotolo
Automotive Maintenance- Mr. Rotolo
Bird Study- Mrs. Rotolo
Citizenship in the Community- Mrs. Rotolo
Collections- Mr. Kindron
Cooking- Mr. Kindron
Digital Technology- Mr. Rotolo
Electricity- Mr. Rotolo
Energy- Mr. Rotolo
Entrepreneurship- Mr. Albert
First Aid- Mr. Kindron
Geology- Mr. Trombley
Insect Study- Mrs. Rotolo
Model Design and Building- Mr. Rotolo
Mrs. Rotolo; Mr. Trombley
Personal Management- Mrs. Thiel
Plumbing- Mr. Rotolo
Salesmanship - Mr. Albert
Skating- Mr. Rotolo
Snow Sports- 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
Emergency Preparedness BSA
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 Awards
The BSA recently changed its Conservation Service Award program. The new Distinguished Conservation Service Award replaces the William T. Hornaday Award. More information can be found by HERE.