Merit Badge Counselors

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 craft, business, or hobby.

  • Certify the Scout after determining whether he is qualified for the merit badge.

For those who are not currently a counselor

Because we have had so many scouts achieve their Eagle rank, and many of the parents are "retiring", we are in need of counselors! We are encouraging one parent from each scout family to choose at least one merit badge, or possibly two. If you have a vocation or an avocation, there is likely a merit badge for that subject. Please consider reviewing the list of merit badges to see if your favorite subject is there or, even better, discover another one that you didn’t think of!

For those who are counselors and those who want to be

We are definitely in need of counselors for the Eagle-required badges. Our goal is to have three or more counselors registered for each of these important merit badges.

For more information, please visit these pages

Counseling Overview

Time requirements and complexity for each MB

Some MBs have special requirements

Current Merit Badge Counselors (contact infomation can be found in the Troop Members Only section):

Troop 737 Merit Badge Counselors

(by badge; updated Oct, 2020)

AMERICAN BUSINESS

Lisa Hansen

AMERICAN CULTURES

Art Gutierrez

Christy Pond

AMERICAN HERITAGE

Art Gutierrez

Christy Pond

ARCHAEOLOGY

Janet Anderson

ART

Lisa Hansen

ASTRONOMY

David Pond

BACKPACKING

Bill Plaehn

Lisa Hansen

CAMPING

Art Gutierrez

Butch Lewis

Bill Plaehn

Ash Thorne

CHESS

Christy Pond

CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY

Art Gutierrez

Bill Plaehn

Michael Blanton

Christy Pond

CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION

Art Gutierrez

Bill Plaehn

Christy Pond

Michael Blanton

CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD

Art Gutierrez

Michael Blanton

Bill Plaehn

Christy Pond

CLIMBING

Bill Plaehn

COMMUNICATIONS

Art Gutierrez

Pete Schiffers

Michael Blanton

COMPOSITE MATERIALS

Pete Schiffers

COMPUTERS

Paul Martin

David Pond

COOKING

Paul Martin

CRIME PREVENTION

Isaac Barnes

Art Gutierrez

CYCLING

Paul Martin

Bill Plaehn

ELECTRICITY

David Pond

ELECTRONICS

David Pond

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

John Anderson

Art Gutierrez

Ash Thorne

ENGINEERING

Art Gutierrez

Cheve Meyer

Bill Plaehn

David Pond

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Deron Lawrence

Bill Plaehn

FAMILY LIFE

Art Gutierrez

FIRST AID

Art Gutierrez

FISH & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

Deron Lawrence

FORESTRY

Lindee Bly

Deron Lawrence

GARDENING

Lindee Bly

GEOLOGY

Cheve Meyer

HIKING

Butch Lewis

Paul Martin

Bill Plaehn

HORSEMANSHIP

Deron Lawrence

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Lisa Hansen

MAMMAL STUDY

Deron Lawrence

NATURE

Deron Lawrence

PERSONAL FITNESS

Art Gutierrez

Bill Plaehn

Lisa Hansen

Bethany Van Mill

PERSONAL MANAGEMENT

Bill Plaehn

PETS

Bethany Van Mill

PROGRAMMING

Paul Martin

David Pond

PUBLIC HEALTH

Janet Anderson

RADIO

Ash Thorne

READING

Ingrid Palmer

Bethany Van Mill

REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN STUDY

Deron Lawrence

Bethany Van Mill

ROBOTICS

David Pond

SALESMANSHIP

Cheve Meyer

SCHOLARSHIP

Christy Pond

SCOUT HERITAGE

Lisa Hansen

SHOTGUN SHOOTING


SNOW SPORTS

Paul Martin

Bill Plaehn

SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION

Bill Plaehn

SUSTAINABILITY

Deron Lawrence

Pete Schiffers

SWIMMING

Butch Lewis

Paul Martin

WILDERNESS SURVIVAL

Ash Thorne

Bill Plaehn