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American Business     Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
American Business     David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
American Cultures      Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
American Cultures      Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
American Heritage      Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
American Heritage      Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
American Labor          Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Animal Science           Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Animation                    Mathew Nazareth     78733     mnazareth64@gmail.com
Archaeology               Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Archery                       Mathew Nazareth     78733     mnazareth64@gmail.com
Architecture                Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Art                               Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Astronomy                  Steve Sullivan     78746     theprofessor@austin.rr.com
Athletics                      Blair Richert     78746     blairrichert@gmail.com
Automotive Maintenance     David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Automotive Maintenance     Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Aviation                      Robert Mazzetti     78746     robmazz@aol.com
Aviation                      Tom Bishop     78746     tpbishop@gmail.com
Backpacking               David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Backpacking               Robert Mazzetti     78746     robmazz@aol.com
Backpacking               Bianca Bentzin     78750     txaz2010@gmail.com
Basketry                     Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Bird Study                   Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Bugling                       Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Camping                     David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Camping                     Robert Mazzetti     78746     robmazz@aol.com
Camping                     Bianca Benzin     78750     txaz2010@gmail.com
Camping                     Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Canoeing                    Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Chemistry                   Steve Sullivan     78746     theprofessor@austin.rr.com
Chemistry                   David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Chess                         Tom Bishop     78746     tpbishop@gmail.com
Citizenship in the Community     Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Citizenship in the Community     Bianca Bentzin     78750     txaz2010@gmail.com
Citizenship in the Community     Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Citizenship in the Nation     Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Citizenship in the Nation     Bianca Bentzin     78750     txaz2010@gmail.com
Citizenship in the Nation     Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Citizenship in the World      Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Citizenship in the World      Bianca Bentzin     78750     txaz2010@gmail.com
Citizenship in the World      Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Climbing                       David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Coin Collecting             Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Collections                    Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Communication             Bianca Bentzin     78750     txaz2010@gmail.com
Composite Materials     David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Computers                    David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Cooking                         Robert Mazzetti     78746     robmazz@aol.com
Cooking                         Bianca Bentzin     78750     txaz2010@gmail.com
Cooking                         Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Cycling                          Mathew Nazareth     78733     mnazareth64@gmail.com
Digital Technology        Mathew Nazareth     78733     mnazareth64@gmail.com
Digital Technology        Tom Bishop     78746     tpbishop@gmail.com
Disabilities Awareness      Blair Richert     78746     blairrichert@gmail.com
Dog Care                      Robert Mazzetti     78746     robmazz@aol.com
Dog Care                      Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Drafting                         David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com  
Electricity                      David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Electricity                      Mathew Nazareth     78733     mnazareth64@gmail.com 
Electronics                    Steve Sullivan     78746     theprofessor@austin.rr.com
Electronics                    David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Electronics                    Mathew Nazareth     78733     mnazareth64@gmail.com
Electronics                    Tom Bishop     78746     tpbishop@gmail.com
Emergency Preparedness     Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com  
Energy                           David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Engineering                   Steve Sullivan     78746     theprofessor@austin.rr.com
Engineering                   David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Engineering                   Mathew Nazareth     78733     mnazareth64@gmail.com
Engineering                   Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Entrepreneurship           Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Entrepreneurship           Blair Richert     78746     blairrichert@gmail.com
Entrepreneurship           David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Entrepreneurship          Tom Bishop     78746     tpbishop@gmail.com
Entrepreneurship           Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Environmental Science     Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Family Life                     Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Family Life                     David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Family Life                     Bianca Bentzin     78750     txaz2010@gmail.com
Family Life                     Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Farm Mechanics            Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Fingerprinting                 Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Fire Safety                     Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
First Aid                         Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Fishing                           Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Fly Fishing                     Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Forestry                         Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Game Design                 Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Gardening                      Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Gardening                      Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Genealogy                     Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Geocaching                   Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Geology                         Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Golf                                Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Golf                                Blair Richert     78746     blairrichert@gmail.com
Hiking                            David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Home Repairs               David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Home Repairs               Tom Bishop     78746     tpbishop@gmail.com
Home Repairs               Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com 
Horsemanship               David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Indian Lore                    Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Insect Study                  Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Inventing                       Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Inventing                       Steve Sullivan     78746     theprofessor@austin.rr.com
Inventing                       David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Kayaking                       Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com  
Landscape Architecture     Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Law                               Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Leatherwork                  Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Lifesaving                     Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Mammal Study              Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Medicine                        Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Model Design and Building      Steve Sullivan     78746     theprofessor@austin.rr.com
Motorboating                 Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Moviemaking                Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Music                            Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Nature                          Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Nuclear Science           David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Orienteering                 David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Painting                       Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Personal Fitness          Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Personal Fitness          Blair Richert     78746     blairrichert@gmail.com
Personal Fitness          Robert Mazzetti     78746     robmazz@aol.com
Personal Management     Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Personal Management     David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Personal Management     Robert Mazzetti     78746     robmazz@aol.com
Personal Management     Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Pets                             Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com  
Photography                Mathew Nazareth     78733     mnazareth64@gmail.com
Photography                Tom Bishop     78746     tpbishop@gmail.com
Pioneering                   David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com    
Plant Science              Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com  
Plumbing                     Steve Sullivan     78746     theprofessor@austin.rr.com
Pottery                        Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Programming              Tom Bishop     78746     tpbishop@gmail.com
Programming              Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Public Health               Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Public Speaking          Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com  
Public Speaking          Blair Richert     78746     blairrichert@gmail.com
Public Speaking          David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Public Speaking          Tom Bishop     78746     tpbishop@gmail.com
Pulp and Paper          Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Radio                          Steve Sullivan     78746     theprofessor@austin.rr.com
Railroading                 Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Reading                      Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Reading                      Blair Richert     78746     blairrichert@gmail.com
Reading                      David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Reading                      Robert Mazzetti     78746     robmazz@aol.com
Reading                      Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Reptile & Amphibian Study      Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Rifle Shooting             Mathew Nazareth     78733     mnazareth64@gmail.com
Robotics                      Mathew Nazareth     78733     mnazareth64@gmail.com
Robotics                     Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Rowing                       Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Safety                         Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Salesmanship             Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Salesmanship             David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Salesmanship             Robert Mazzetti     78746     robmazz@aol.com
Scholarship                 Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Scholarship                 Tom Bishop     78746     tpbishop@gmail.com
Scholarship                 Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Scouting Heritage       Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Scouting Heritage       Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Scuba Diving              Blair Richert     78746     blairrichert@gmail.com
Sculpture                    Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Search and Rescue    Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Signs, Signals, and Codes      Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Skating                       Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Small Boat Sailing      David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Snow Sports               David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Space Exploration      Steve Sullivan     78746     theprofessor@austin.rr.com
Sports                         Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Stamp Collecting        Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Surveying                   David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Surveying                   Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Sustainability              Bianca Bentzin     78750     txaz2010@gmail.com
Swimming                   Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Textile                         Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Theater                       Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Traffic Safety              Bianca Bentzin     78750     txaz2010@gmail.com
Traffic Safety              Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Truck Transportation   Harley Walsh     78746     Harley.walsh@gsenergy.com
Water Sports               Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Weather                      Sarah Benton     78746     sarah@lostview.com
Welding                       Steve Sullivan     78746     theprofessor@austin.rr.com
Wilderness Survival    David Pacinda     78746     dpacinda@phdwin.com
Wood Carving             Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com
Woodwork                   Edward Anderson     78733     edwardganderson@gmail.com

Go to the directory, http://www.troop990.org/directory, for the Merit Badge Counselors' contact information.

If you don't find a counselor in this list for the merit badge in which you are interested, contact our Merit Badge Coordinator, Harley Walsh, who may be able to find counselors in our district.

Merit Badge Counselor Responsibilities

Merit badge counselors are the key to success in the merit badge plan. They offer their time, experience, and knowledge to help guide Scouts in one or more of the merit badge subjects.

The counselor's responsibility is to

  • Assist the Scout as he plans the assigned projects and activities to meet the merit badge requirements.
  • Coach Scouts through interviews and demonstrations on how to do the required skills of the badge.
  • Certify the Scout after determining whether he completed the requirements for the merit badge.

The counselor also agrees to:

  • Ensure the Scoutmaster has approved the Scout can start the merit badge and Scout retains a blue card with the Scoutmaster's signature.
  • Follow the requirements of the merit badge, making no deletions or additions, ensuring that the advancement standards are fair and uniform for all Scouts.
  • Encourage the Scout to keep track of his progress using the merit badge's worksheet.
  • Maintain two deep adult leadership at all counseling sessions.
  • Renew BSA registration annually and YPT every two years.

Registering as a Merit Badge Counselor requires these steps:

  1. If you haven't had Youth Protection Training  (YPT) in the past two years, do the online training at http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection/BoyScout.aspx.  
  2. Submit a copy of your YPT certificate with your BSA adult application, see the next step.
  3. Complete a BSA adult application with position code 42.  Submit your application to the Troop Committee Chairman or Merit Badge Coordinator.  This must be done, even if you are already a registered adult with the troop.
  4. Review the online The Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling training.  Be sure to read the presenter's notes below each slide.
  5. After completing the online training, complete the Merit Badge Training Form and submit to the Merit Badge Coordinator.  
  6. Complete the Merit Badge Counselor Information Form and submit to the Merit Badge Coordinator for approval.  Write "life experience" if you are interested in counseling a badge due to personal interest.  If the form does not allow enough room for all the merit badges you want to counsel, attached a list and make a notation on the form.
  7. In order to participate as a Merit Badge Counselor, our sponsor The Knights of Columbus at Saint John Neumann also requires completion of Ethics and Integrity in Ministry Training.  Training is provided free of charge and is held at different locations throughout the year.  Fill out the online application and then attend the workshop.  Check the Diocese of Austin website for current workshop times and locations. 

The Scout’s Responsibilities:

The Scout should:

  1. Contact the Merit Badge Coordinator to begin your merit badge. (Note: you can obtain blue cards from the Advancement Chair or Scout Shop.  You may also print a set of three cards on blue cardstock, front and back.)
  2. The merit badge  coordinator will suggest a merit badge counselor for your merit badge. (You can use that counselor or any other approved counselor for that badge. Approved merit badge counselors for all badges can be found in the list above.) Inform the counselor of your interest in the badge; their contact information can be found in the Troop Directory.
  3. Work on the requirements of the MB under the guidance of the counselor. (Scouts can and are encouraged to work on the requirements on their own after initially contacting the MB Counselor.)
  4. Keep track of all progress, preferably by using a merit badge's worksheet (you will find this simplifies things!) and inform the counselor when all requirements have been met.
  5. The counselor will inform the advancement chair that you have completed your merit badge. 
  6. Receive credit for the badge upon approval from the counselor and display it with pride on his Merit Badge Sash!

 

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