On the Trail to Eagle, Scouts learn new skills which merit advancement. Achievements are recognized at our bi-annual Court of Honor. A Boy Scout badge recognizes what a young man is able to do; it is not a reward for what he has done. This page offers an elaboration of information available in the Scout Handbook, including Scoutmaster Conference forms used by Troop 526 to prepare Scouts for completing each rank.
Scoutmaster Conference Forms
Currently, no merit badges are being earned as a whole troop. For opportunities for individual scouts, please contact the Troop 526 Advancement Chair to secure a "blue card," and be given the name of an active Merit Badge counselor for the badge that you are interested in pursuing. If you have a suggestion for badge opportunities at a meeting, please speak with your patrol leader or the SPL.
BSA offers many achievement awards for Scouts who excel in specific areas of the Scouting Program. Some are honorary; others are more commonly earned on trips such as Summer Camp. For a more thorough listing of award opportunities available to Scouts, consult the Scout Handbook or Scouting.org.
Religious Awards and Participation
A Scout is reverent. Troop 526 processes in with Pack 526 at monthly 12:30pm masses at St. Albert the Great. Our Scouts also work towards the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII awards. Work often begins in October. For more information, please contact Paula Berghauser.
Order of the Arrow
Scouting's national honor society, Order of the Arrow, is almost as old as the Boy Scouts of America itself. Its purpose is to recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. To qualify, members must be voted in by their peers and have experienced 15 days and nights of BSA camping within two years prior to their election. Troop 526 holds OA elections in early January. For more information, visit oa-bsa.org