Winter Advancement Day – Saturday, January 28, 2012

January 1, 2012

The Lewis & Clark Council has announced their Winter Advancement Day.  Details are below.

When: Saturday, January 28, 2011

Where: Central Junior High School, Belleville, IL

Open To: Any Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or Explorer

Registration Fee: $15


  • Registration: 8:00am (Must Bring Blue Cards)
  • Morning Session: 9:00am
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00pm

Each Class is Limited to 25 Scouts

Register here.

Don’t hesitate to register quickly, some classes are already full.


Advancement Day Registration

August 3, 2011

The registration for the NESA Advancement Day is finally here!

This year will be an online registration format to make it easier on everyone and allow us to track the number of Scouts in each session.  You can download the invitation packet here.

Cost is the same as last year – $10 per Scout, $15 after August 19.  Most of the course offerings from last year have stayed the same with the exception of Tracking merit badge (only offered in 2010.)

Please direct any questions to the Advancement Day Chairman, Rick Blanchard, at


Don’t delay.  Make sure to get in on the fun!

Kaskaskia College Merit Badge Day – April 16

March 18, 2011

The Kaskaskia College Merit Badge Day is coming up on Saturday, April 16.  They are offering a good variety of merit badge sessions:




  • Animal Science
  • American Heritage
  • Auto Maintenance
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cooking
  • Communications
  • Computers
  • Dentistry
  • Drafting
  • Electricity
  • Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid
  • Indian Lore
  • Medicine
  • Personal Fitness
  • Public Health
  • Public Speaking
  • Reading
  • Truck Transportation
  • Veterinary Medicine

The cost is early registration is $16 before April 5 and $19 after that date or at the door.  If you have questions, contact Curtis Kretschmer at: or Grant Kleinhenz at

The registration form is located here or at the Lewis and Clark Council web site.

Merit Badge Classes Offered

February 3, 2011

Several merit badge classes are being offered in the coming  months.




February 12, 2011

―Kids Around the World will host the 10th anniversary of the Citizenship in the World Badge Fair.  This fair has been praised by both scouts and parents as being a fun and interesting learning experience for one to obtain this difficult badge.  Featured presenters will be the American Red Cross, United Nations Association, and Citigroup.  A nursing student from Korea will also discuss what life is like in her country.  Boy Scouts interested in working on this badge will have the chance to listen to and speak with the presenters from these organizations.

The fair will be held at Chapel of the Cross Lutheran Church in St. Louis County on February 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Scouts need only to attend one full day in order to complete the badge.  Some prior advanced work is required to attend.  Citizenship in the World merit badge counselors will be at the fair to sign off the requirements on the scout‘s merit badge card.

Cost to attend is  $16 per scout.  Individual registrations and payment are required in advance; no walk-ins.  Space is limited.  Each year it gets sold out weeks before the event so if a scout is interested in attending register early.

For more information or to register: Call 636-541-1025 or E-mail to



February 26, 2011

The American Labor Merit Badge will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011. It will be held at the Saint Louis Electrical Apprentice Training Center, 2300 Hampton Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63139.  This is the school for apprentices of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local One (IBEW Local One), located two blocks south of I-44. Registration will begin at 8:30 am the Skill Center will begin at 9:00 am and conclude at approximately 3:00 pm

What you should know:

  • Scouts must be in uniform
  • Each Scout must bring signed blue card & merit badge book.
  • Lunch is provided and there is no cost to the Scout. One adult must be present for every 6 scouts.

How to register:

  • Registration is limited to the first 80 scouts.
  • Register via email to Bernie Ryan at
  • Registration must include the name of the Scout and troop number along with the name and phone number of the adult attending with the Scout.



March 5, 2011

On Saturday, March 5, 2011, Cahokia Mounds will present the first half of the Archaeology Merit Badge.  During this portion, scouts will learn various aspects of Archaeology, as well as, receiving aids and outlines needed to complete the requirements.

Please note the following:

  • Cost will be $20.00, which provides a Cahokia Mounds Historic Site patch, an Illinois Archaeology booklet and flint napping kit.
  • Registration will be from 9:00 to 9:30am at the Cahokia Mounds Interpretive Center, Collinsville, Illinois.
  • Program will end approximately at 2:00pm.
  • Please dress properly for the weather
  • Please bring a sack lunch/drink.
  • Please bring the Archaeology Merit Badge book and your Blue/White MB Card with you to the first session.
  • Class size is limited.

The second session will consist of ―DIG TIME, which will be offered on various dates during the summer.  Professor John Kelly will be the contact person for setting up dig dates.  Completed requirements will be turned in at that time.

Please call Bill Meister at 618-274-7000 between 8:00am and 4:00pm for registration.




June 14, 2011  – 9am – 1pm

Explore the history of St. Louis at and around the Historic Old Courthouse and learn about the important role this river city played in the development of our nation.  Afterwards, take a cruise on the Mississippi River, aboard the Gateway Arch

Riverboats, and experience the river first hand.  Presentation will take place at the Historic Old Courthouse and Gateway Arch Riverboats.  The workshop is free.  The cost for the Gateway Arch River Cruise is $8.00 per person.  Money will be collected on the day of the workshop. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. June 14, 2011.

For reservations please call 314-982-1410.  No e-mail or voicemail reservations will be accepted.  Space is limited.



August 12, 2011 – 9am – 1:00pm

In this half-day workshop, participants will explore the Plains Indian culture. Scouts will participate in simulations of the Plains Indians‘ daily activities; constructing a tipi, handling authentic reproduction items, communicating in sign language, and learning traditional songs and games.  About 4-6 weeks before the workshop scouts will receive a packet of workshop logistics and details and several pre-workshop activities.  The workshop is free.

Presentations will take place at the Museum of Westward Expansion, inside the Gateway Arch Visitor Center and outside on the Gateway Arch grounds. Reservations are required, space is limited.  This workshop is free. 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. August 12, 2011

Reservations will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 3, 2011. To make a reservation, call 314-982-1410.  No e-mail or voicemail reservations will be accepted.  Space is limited.



Chemistry Merit Badge Clinic – November 6

October 20, 2010

Here is an announcement just received from the Lewis & Clark Council:

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Chemistry Lab Annex

420 University Park Drive

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

(In Biotechnology Laboratory Incubator, #36 on SIUE Campus Map)

Registration begins at 8:00 am

Opening session begins at 8:30 am

To register, Scouts should contact Dr. Eric J. Voss at 618-650-2099 or prior to November 3. Leave your name, rank, troop number, phone number, and e-mail address. Registration is limited to 48 Scouts. (Others will be added to a waitlist.)

Please bring with you:

• Chemistry Merit Badge booklet – 2004 or later edition. READ this in advance from cover to cover.

• Merit badge application card (blue card) signed by your Scoutmaster.

• Sack lunch. (Drinks will be provided.)

• Safety goggles if you have them. If not, they will be provided.

• Wear your Scout uniform. Due to the nature of the activities, long pants are required and Class B uniforms (Scout T-shirt) are preferred.

Pre-work – All merit badge requirements will be completed at this clinic, with the exception of 4a (cooking and eating an onion). This requirement must be completed prior to the clinic.

From 12:00 to 2:00 pm, Merit Badge Counselors will meet with Scouts in groups of two or three to check their requirements and sign merit badge cards.

This event is sponsored by: The St. Louis Section of the American Chemical Society

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


This would be an excellent opportunity to gain a hard to get merit badge.   Click here for the information form.