Welcome to the Mountain Territory Service Area Newsletter!
Serving Alpine and Mt Tahoma Districts
In this October 2022 edition:
Mt Tahoma District Awards Night - Oct 13th
Alpine Roundtable - Oct 13th
Training Opportunities
Orienteering Day - Oct 8th
Shooting Sports Day - October 15th or 16th
Mt Tahoma Webelos Woods - Oct 29-30th
America 250 Merit Badge Clinic – Nov 5th
Merit Badge Fair - Nov 12th
Climbing Merit Badge - Nov 12th
New Eagle Scouts!
Silver Beaver Award Recognition
Advancement News
Alpine Webelos Woods Photos
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Mt Tahoma District Awards - Oct 13th
All Mt. Tahoma District volunteers and unit leaders are invited to join us on Thursday, October 13th at 7pm at Soos Creek Elementary School in Kent for our annual District Awards Night, in the place of our monthly Roundtable. We will recognize individuals who have been nominated for the Unit Leader Award of Merit and for the District Award of Merit, among other recognition. This will be a dessert potluck, so please bring some tasty treats to share.
Who: Mt Tahoma volunteers and unit leaders
Date: Thursday October 13th, 7:00PM
Location: Soos Creek Elementary School, Kent
More Info:

Mt Tahoma District Awards Night - Oct 13th
Alpine Roundtable - Oct 13th

Roundtable is the place to meet your fellow unit leaders and discuss the scouting program and activities for this fall! 


  • Opening Announcements
  • Wet & Cold Weather Camping
Date: Thursday October 13th, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Location: Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front Street South, Issaquah
Join Info

Alpine Roundtable - Oct 13th
Training Opportunities
Program and Training Conference - October 15th!

IOLS - Nov 19-20 at Camp Pigott
Click for more info

Save the Date!
BALOO April 21-22, 2023 at Camp Edward
IOLS April 22-23, 2023 at Camp Edward
Orienteering Day - October 8th

Lamonti Tupso Illahee your local Order of the Arrow Chapter has put together an Orienteering Day for scouts who need to check off First Class requirement 4a. In order to complete the requirement on Orienteering Day, please follow the following per-requisite instructions carefully!

Date: Saturday October 8th 2022
Time: 12:00-4:00 PM
Location: Beaver Lake Park, 2600 244th Ave SE, Sammamish
More info

Orienteering Day 2022 - Oct 8th
Shooting Sports Day
October 15th and 16th

It is a Scout’s dream: unlimited target practice! Rifle and shotgun merit badges. Enjoy a full day of shooting sports. Learn a new sport. Work on marksmanship awards. Concentrate on what you enjoy most.

Date: Saturday Oct 15th and Sunday Oct 16th
Location: Camp Pigott
More Info:

Shooting Sports Day - Oct 15 or 16
Mt Tahoma Webelos Woods - Oct 29-30

Join us for Webelos Woods!  A fun, achievement filled weekend!

  • A chance to meet local Troops and Scouts
  • Work on AOL Scouts Rank Adventures, Scouting Adventure, Outdoor Adventurer, Cast Away, and Into the Wild
  • Work on Webelos 1 Rank Adventures, Cast Iron Chef, Stronger Faster Higher, Cast Away, and Into the Wild
  • Camp with your Scout in a Scout Camp!  Adirondacks, two person cabins, or your own tent.
  • Share in a Campfire Program
  • Super Fun Halloween closing ceremony!

Who: Webelos and AOL Cub Scouts and their parents
Date: Saturday October 29th, 7:30AM – Sunday October 30th, 11:00AM
Location: Camp Pigott, 25600-A Monroe Camp Road, Snohomish

Visit the Mt Tahoma Webelos Woods 2022 page for registration and additional details and activities.

Mt Tahoma Webelos Woods - Oct 29-30
America 250 Merit Badge Clinic – Nov 5th
Join us for the America 250 Merit Badge Clinic on November 5th!

First Class & Above Merit Badges Offered – Please Note: Candidates Need to Complete the Pre-Reqs, to Earn the Merit Badges at the Clinic

  • American Heritage (Pre-Reqs – 1, 2, 4, & 5)
  • Genealogy (Pre-Reqs – 2, 3, 4, 6, & 7)
  • Law (Pre-Reqs – 4, 6, & 7)

Other Merit Badges Offered:

  • Archaeology (Pre-Reqs – 7,8,9) – Colonial American Focus
  • Art (Pre-Reqs – 4,5,6,7)
  • Citizenship in the Community (Pre-Reqs – 3,4,5,7,8)
  • Citizenship in the Nation (Pre-Reqs – 5,6,7,8)
Date: Saturday November 5th 2022
Time: Check in begins at 7:30AM. All sessions end at 2:00PM
Location: Mattson Middle School, 16400 SE 251st Street, Covington

Merit Badge Clinic - Nov 5th
Alpine Merit Badge Fair - Nov 12th
Join us for a fall Alpine Merit Badge Fair on November 12th!  A tentative list of merit badges include:
  • Animation
  • Archeology
  • Chess
  • First Aid
  • Genealogy
  • Music
  • Mining in Society
  • Space Exploration
  • Sustainability
  • Weather
Date: Saturday November 12th 2022
Time: Check in begins at 7:30AM. All sessions end at 12:30PM
Registration: Opening soon!
Location: Mary Queen of Peace, Sammamish
More Info

Contact Lesa Widner ( for more information.
Merit Badge Fair - Nov 12th
Climbing Merit Badge - Nov 12th

The Edgeworks Climbing Merit Badge Course meets or exceeds the requirements for the BSA’s Climbing Merit Badge and the GSA’s Climbing Adventure Badge. Our staff are registered counselors with the local BSA Council and will teach climbing safety, climbing history, types of climbing, go over climbing equipment, climbing knots, climbing communication, rappelling, and much more.


Date: Saturday November 12th 2022
Location: Edgeworks Bellevue, 15600 NE 8th St, Suite C-1, Bellevue

For questions, please contact Lesa Widner (

Climbing Merit Badge - Nov 12th
New Eagle Scouts!
August - September 2022

Jacob Clayton, Troop 695
Nathaniel Cross, Troop 200
Luke Froman, Troop 200
Nicholas Hunter, Troop 676
Jack Knudson, Troop 571
Jack Meisberger, Troop 1776
Amado Money, Troop 1776
Ryan Sproge, Troop 466
Ryan Tang, Troop 571
Jack Vivash, Troop 636
Ryan Vu, Troop 498
Matthew Whitney, Troop 695

August - September 2022

Trevor Adkins, Troop 455
Scott Gordan Alvord, Troop 711
Cameron Down, Troop 401
Andrew Manderscheid, Troop 711
Franklin Middelhoven, Troop 499

Silver Beaver Award Recognition
Congratulations to Walter Beauchamp, Alpine’s 2022 recipient for the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award for volunteer service to the council!

Walter's roles have included:
  • Cub Scouting (P679) - Den Leader, Assistant Cubmaster, Cubmaster
  • Boy Scouting (T571) - Assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, Committee for an 85 boy Troop
  • Venturing (C42 & C498) - Associate Crew Advisor
  • Order of the Arrow - Chapter Adviser, Associate Chapter Adviser, Event Medic (numerous Ordeals, Conclaves, and Fellowship events), plus he was one of 4 adults who helped restart the Chapter
  • District - various Commissioner roles, District Member 
  • Council - Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor (W&RFA), Shooting Sports Staff Member (NRA Certified Instructor on Rifle, Shotgun and Pistol, plus NRA Range Safety Officer), Council Trainer (topics in Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, Commissioner Courses, Faith Emblems, High Adventure and Preparation, and Chartered Org Representative). 
Well deserved Walter!
Advancement News

Merit Badge Requirements Changes - What’s a Scout to Do?

The requirements posted at are the most current, accurate, and official. This will always be the best place to find the most up-to-date requirements.

If a new edition of a merit badge pamphlet is introduced with updated requirements after the Scouts BSA Requirements book has been released, a Scout who is starting the badge may choose to follow either set of requirements until the end of the year. At the start of the new year, Scouts who are beginning must use only the new requirements.

If a Scout has already started working on a merit badge when a new edition of the pamphlet is introduced, they may continue to use the same pamphlet and fulfill the requirements therein to earn the badge. They need not start over again with the new pamphlet and revised requirements.

Requirements Updated 2022

Merit badge requirement updates from 2022 Scouts BSA Requirements (33216) and announced since:

Minor Changes to Scouts BSA Rank Requirements

Minor modifications to Scouts BSA rank requirements are in effect. In addition to Citizenship in Society becoming the 14th Eagle-required merit badge (already announced) effective July 1, 2022, there are a handful of changes to the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class and Star. [ added language in red]: 

Scout 1e: Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. List the seven principles of Leave No Trace. Explain the difference between the two.

Scout 5: Tell what you need to know about using a pocketknife safely and responsibly.

Scout 6: With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade or view the Personal Safety Awareness videos (with your parent or Guardian's permission).

Tenderfoot 1c: Explain how you demonstrated the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace on campouts or outings.

Tenderfoot 5a. Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and where you live. Use the buddy system while on a troop or patrol outing.

Tenderfoot 5c: Explain the rules of safe and responsible hiking, both on the highway and cross-country, during the day and at night.

Second Class 1b: Recite the principles of Leave No Trace from memory. Explain how you follow them on all outings. [ deleted: This outing must be different from the one used for Tenderfoot requirement 1c.]

Second Class 2b: Use a pocketknife, and a saw or axe if needed, to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel wood for a cooking fire.

Second Class 2c: Using a minimum-impact method, and at an approved outdoor location and time, use the tinder, kindling, and fuel wood from Second Class requirement 2b to demonstrate how to build a fire. Unless prohibited by local fire restrictions, light the fire.

After allowing the flames to burn safely for at least two minutes, safely extinguish the flames with minimal impact to the fire site.

Properly dispose of the ashes and and charred remains.

First Class 1b: Explain the potential impacts of camping. both on the environment and on other outdoor users. Explain why the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace principles are important for protecting the outdoors.

For a chart comparing the old and new language see

For the ranks of Scout through Star, the changes took effect August 1, 2022. Between August 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022, Scouts may continue to use the existing ("old") requirements for the rank on which they are currently working as of August 1st, OR they may choose to use the new requirements. Scouts MUST USE the new requirements once they advance to their NEXT rank. Effective January 1, 2023, ALL SCOUTS MUST USE ONLY THE NEW REQUIREMENTS.

Cub Scouting 2022-2023 Badges of Rank Requirements Sheet

The newly updated Cub Scouting 2022-2023 Badges of Rank Requirements sheet is now available at Required-Adventures-Chart-for-Ranks.pdf The chart shows what the Scouts need to accomplish each grade year to earn the Badge of Rank so leaders can plan their calendar year and prepare to easily order items for immediate recognition. This sheet was created in the ongoing effort to review program helps and make it “Fun, Simple, & Easy” to read, use, and deliver the program. It can also be a great tool to help train new leaders, for Commissioners who are helping units and leaders, and for Cub Pack leadership as they mentor and guide Pack leadership.

Alpine Webelos Woods Photos
Check out photos from the September 2022 Alpine District Webelos Woods!
Webelos Woods Photos!
For a summary of all upcoming Mountain events, roundtables, training, Eagle application coordinators, contacts, calendar and more please visit
Chief Seattle Council
Mountain Territory Service Area

Alpine and Mt Tahoma Districts
Chris McNeal DE 206-902-2309 (Alpine)
Bradley Roberts DE (Mt Tahoma)
Council Office: 206-725-5200

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