Boy Scouts Earn Genealogy Merit Badges


Scouts front row Left to Right: Mason Kitchin, Troop 268; Sean Reno-Woods,Troop 268; Michael Mendoza, Troop 268; Ryan Livesay, Troop 784; Richie Cerione, Troop 268; James Burns, Troop 551. Partners back row Left to Right:  Michele Kitchen, Alice Reno, Katie Mendoza Nocito, William Sparks, Richard Stanley, Kathleen Burns.



Pastfinders of South Lake Genealogy Society recently presented the 2019 class of their annual Genealogy Merit Badget Workshop. There are now 61 Scouts in  Clermont, Groveland, Mineola, and Montverde who have successfully completed this course.

The Scouts spend six to eight weeks completing the required tasks to earn the badge while learning the meaning and richness of family history research. The final step in the process is each Scout must make a formal presentation to Pastfinders to show what they have learned using Power Point presentations or posters as visual aids. One Scout was unable to be present at the event this year; however, she sent a video presentation for the group.

Family-approved adult partners also work with the Scouts during the workshop to assist in archival knowledge of the Scout’s family. Each Scout receives a certificate for completing the 13 tasks required to meet the nine Genealogy Merit Badge Requirements, and each of the Scout’s partners receives a certificate for completing Genealogy 101.

Any Scouts are welcome to attend this class, which is held at Cooper Memorial Library. It is limited to 10 Scouts a year and is conducted by a certified Scout Merit Badge Counselor and official documentation is provided for receipt of the badge during Courts of Honor by the various troops.

Any Scout interested in attending the 2020 program should check the website for information.