"Search, Discover, Share, Do Your Best, Be Prepared," are the mottos we live by.

We're Glad You're Here!  Our geographic district includes all of South Charlotte including Ballantyne, Pineville, Lake Wylie , as well as, West Charlotte , Uptown and all parts in between. The purpose of this web site section is to enhance the communications and support to the members and units in the Apache District, of the Mecklenburg County Council, Boy Scouts of America, in Charlotte, North Carolina. PREPARED. FOR LIFE. TM




Apache District e-Newsletter - Smoke Signals!

A Source for the Latest News - December's Edition just posted!

Smoke Signals: Click here for current copy or download archived copies.

Around the Campfire: Check out the NEW POSTINGS for the latest news!


Follow Us on Twitter
The Apache District Marketing Team is pleased to announce that we have started a Twitter account, @ApacheDistrict. The Twitter account will be used to share District Event information as well as highlight Scout related stories from our District. If you have stories or information you'd like to share you can email us at ApacheDistrictTwitter@gmail.com  Don’t wait, please follow us and tell your Scouting friends.



Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum (near Freedom Park, a division of Discovery Place) are pleased to announce programs for Scout advancement in 2016!!!!!! 
New for 2016 are
1.  Cub and Webelos Adventure Workshops at Discovery Place that dens, packs, families can schedule on their own
2.  An expanded array of scheduled merit badge courses at Discovery Place and at Nature Museum
3.  Opportunities for Scouts to schedule merit badge courses for their patrols or troops at Discovery Place and Nature Museum

Click on highlighted text for document links........

Discovery Place Cub and Webelos Adventures in 2016

Discovery Place Merit Badge Workshops in 2016, Overview and Details

Discovery Place and Nature Museum Merit Badge Workshops Schedule for 2016

Nature Museum Merit Badge Workshops in 2016, Overview and Details

Merit Badge Counseling for Scouts, Parents, Unit Leaders, and Counselors

BSA Buddy System and Merit Badge Completion




First Aid Merit Badge Courses


First Aid Prerequisites (only) for

Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badges (including CPR)


Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class First Aid Requirements


Schedule your own merit badge course with your own unit:  Ms. Rita Dilling offers “schedule your own” First Aid advancement, First Aid Merit Badge and CPR courses for Scouts, patrols, or troops who would like a customized schedule.  The group must achieve a minimum class size of 8.  The scheduling must work with space, staffing, date and time resources available through the unit and Ms. Dilling.  A lead Scout, with adult supervision, should call or email Ms. Dilling to plan the event.  Copies of all Scout emails should be sent to a parent or Scout leader to follow BSA Youth Protection guidelines for 2-deep adult leadership with Scouting activities with youth.


Ms. Rita Dilling is a retired nurse, a American Heart Association certified First Aid and CPR Instructor, and a Merit Badge Counselor registered with Mecklenburg County Council.  She is current on BSA Youth Protection. 

Because Scouting First Aid covers a lot of material, courses are divided in manageable sections.


Half-day Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badges session:

This session covers CPR and first aid requirements for Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badges.  Ms. Dilling will sign off these requirements on blue cards for Scouts who demonstrate these skills at the end of the session.  Scouts who already have earned First Aid Merit Badge can attend this session to complete requirements for Swimming and Lifesaving Merit Badges.  The cost for this half-day session is $15.


CLICK HERE for course flyer!!






Coin Collecting Merit Badge


Saturday, February 13, 2016, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm


2016 Charlotte Coin Club Annual Show

Show dates:  February 12 - 14, 2016

Show hours:  10-6 Friday and Saturday, 10-4 Sunday


Website:  http://www.charlottecoinclub.org/show.htm

Location of event:  Metrolina Expo Center, 7100 N Statesville Rd, Charlotte, NC

Minimum class size:  8

Maximum class size:  20

Cost:  There is no charge for participation.

Method of registration:   Parent or Scout leader must register participating Scouts in advance by email to scottfoxx@carolina.rr.com with

Scout name
Troop #
Scoutmaster name
Parent name
Parent phone #

Parent email address


Registration opens:  When announcement is distributed and posted

Registration closes:   Thursday, February 11, 2016, or when class is full.

Age requirement:  Ages 11 to 17

Rank requirement:  There are no rank requirements.

CLICK HERE for Merit Badge flyer



Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Courses
 February 27th, April 23 and November 19, 2016 


The Shooting Sports Committee is putting on a Merit Badge Class for the Rifle Merit Badge with the help of the folks at POINT BLANK RANGE - South Charlotte [actually in Matthews on Monroe Road just past the intersection of Highway 51/W. John St.].  Boys should be First Class or 13 years old for Class.  Scouts will need to sign up on the Website, bring their own lunch, $5 for ammo and a Blue Card signed by their Unit Leader.  For more information you may contact Mr. Williams, Chairman. Registration for Class is here.




CPCC Harper Welding Merit Badge Day
Saturday, March 12, 2016
8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location of event:  The course will be held at the CPCC Harper Campus at 

315 W Hebron Street, Charlotte, NC 28273.  For directions and map, see



Minimum class size:  12

Maximum class size:  40

Cost:  None

Method of registration:   Parent or Scout leader should email merit badge counselor Mr. John McPherson at trollworks@hotmail.com, with Scout name, troop #, parent name, parent or other adult contact email address.

Registration opens:   As soon as opportunity is posted.

Registration closes:   When class is full

Age requirement:  Ages 13 to 17

Transportation:  Scouts are encouraged to carpool.  Scouts must arrange their own transportation

to the CPCC Harper campus.

CLICK HERE for Merit Badge flyer





CPCC Merancas Merit Badge Day


Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm


Automotive Maintenance, Emergency Preparedness, Farm Mechanics,


Fingerprinting, Fire Safety, First Aid, Law, Photography and Welding


Merit Badges


The courses will be held at the CPCC Merancas Campus at 11930 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville, NC  28078.  For  directions and map see, http://www.cpcc.edu/campuses/merancas/directions-map

CPCC Merancas is recognized for its programs in Public Safety (including Criminal Justice, Fire Protection, Applied Forensics, EMT and Law Enforcement training) and Transportation.

Systems (including Auto Body, Automotive, Heavy Equipment and Race Car Technology degrees and certifications).  See  http://www.cpcc.edu/campuses/merancas

Class sizes are limited by space and resources to provide a program of high quality and safety to every Scout.

CLICK HERE for Merit Badge flyer




Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge


Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm


Charlotte Motor Speedway (Charlotte Auto Fair)

The Hornets Nest Region AACA is offering Youth Program education sessions at the Charlotte AutoFair at CMS on Sat. April 9th at 9:30 am and 1:00 pm.


•Boy Scout merit badge class on Automotive Maintenance.
* includes engine function, brakes, tires, ignition/electrical, etc
•Info on buying your first used car –list on what to look for.
•Safety Checklist on preparing your vehicle for a trip.


CLICK HERE for more program flyer.

CLICK HERE for hyperlink to Merit Badge page.





Railroading Merit Badge

Boy Scout Rail Camp

N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer, NC

June 24-26 and November 11-13, 2016 



 The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC is offering its Boy Scout Rail Camp, the largest event of its type in the nation, in two sessions in 2016.  The first is June 24-26.   The second is November 11-13.  Discount pricing is available for early registration.  Scouts are able to work on Railroading Merit Badge during this event.  For more information, see





BSA Publishes a New Eagle Project Book  

 BSA published a new Eagle Scout Project Workbook on May 20, 2014:




Here is a link to instructions on how to download the new workbook:


Third Way to Wear Eagle Scout Palms -

In January of 2014, the BSA Awards and Insignia Committee approved a third place on the Scout uniform for wearing Eagle Palms.  Traditionally, Eagle Palms were and are worn on the Eagle medal ribbon by youth and adults and on the Eagle Scout Square Knot or the National Eagle Scout Association Square Knot by adults.  In 2014, youth may also wear Eagle Palms directly on their Eagle Scout oval cloth patches.  Placement on the patches is not specified.  Read more at

Eagle Scout—Merit Beyond the Badge!

A must read: Baylor University Research Finds Eagle Scouts Have Positive, Lasting Influence on American Society.

Download pdf: "Boy-Scouts-Report"



Merit Badge Updates

On Saturday and Sunday of November 1 and 2, Scouts participated in 6 merit badge programs. 

Discovery Place offered Electricity, Chemistry, and Electronics.  Latta Nature Center offered

Environmental Science and Nature, with the courses conducted at Rural Hill Farm.  Rural Hill Farm

also hosted Mammal Study.  

The picture attached shows Scouts pose with a beaver tree near McDowell Creek at Rural Hill

Farm as they work on Nature Merit Badge.





Apache District Meeting and Roundtable!

         Updated: 1/14//16

Thursday, January 14th, at Providence United Methodist Church (map)
6:15 pm Committee Meeting
7:30 pm Roundtable Meeting
8:10 pm with Cub Scout and Boy Scout  breakout meetings.

Check out our Roundtable Page for current themes and features!

Also get Roundtable Agenda downloads in pdf format.

See You There!

Angie White
Roundtable Commissioner

Apache Chapter - Order of the Arrow

        Updated: 2/9/16

         Monthly Chapter Meeting:
         Providence United Methodist Church
         7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
         At District Roundtable

         Visit the Catawba Lodge website!

We are asking that each troop bring at least one Order of the Arrow Troop Representative to this meeting.  All are welcome to attend.  The following is our meeting agenda for February 11, 2016.

Grow the success of Your Troop’s OA program!  Help your scouts be a part of leadership in their Troop as well as at the chapter level!
With questions, please contact: Chapter Chief Eliot McGinnis

Past Chapter Chief - Chalmers Middleton

Al Nedrich                    Larry Unferth      
Apache OA Adviser     Co-Advisor           
704.333.0001              704.607.1547      

Tony Roux                    AJ Ayd
Co-Advisor                   Co-Advisor
704.315.7103              704.954.4793

Apache District Committee Chairman's Message!

         Updated: 07/07/12

Stuart Tucker
Apache District Committee Chariman

To Apache Unit Leaders:
Apache District Notes: OA Adult Nominations

See District Chairman's Message on District Chairman's page.


Council News

         Updated: 06/15/12

Cash In, Trash Out
BSA Tour and Activity Plan-Update
Lowe's National Eagle Scout Project Impact Grant
Sign Up for 2013 Jamboree & 2012 Summit Shakedown Today!
North Carolina Eagle Scouts







Unit Commissioner to help Units succeed. Provide units with meaningful service that delivers Scouting ideals to youth, brings about membership growth, and ensures on-time charter renewal.

We are always in need of a new commissioner!

Contact: John Sequeria

Youth Protection

Youth Protection Training-Now Mandatory for All Leaders


To increase awareness of this societal problem and to create even greater barriers to abuse than already exist today in Scouting, the Boy Scouts of America is implementing several important changes to further enhance its Youth Protection policies. Please read on for more details of this change effective June 1, 2010.

Updated Youth Protection Policies

Frequently Asked Questions

New Delivery Method

Attention Cub Scout Leaders!!!

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Posted: 05/19/10


Apache District Key 4


You may obtain further information related to our district by e-mail to our Key 4 contacts or by a telephone call to our District Director or District Executive.

Key 4 Contacts:
District Chairman, Stuart Tucker, Chairman@ApacheMCC.org
District Commissioner, Don Herzhauser, Commissioner@ApacheMCC.org
District Director, John Crapster, John.Crapster@Scouting.org or 704.342.9324
Senior District Executive, John Bittinger,  John.Bittinger@Scouting.org or 704.342.9336


Send comments, questions or suggestions about the Apache District Sections of this web site to the Apache District Webmaster / Al Nedrich.