Pastfinders of South Lake County Genealogical Society

Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge

The Boy Scout Genealogy Merit Badge Workshop meets in the Genealogy Room at Cooper Memorial Library from 6 to 8 PM.
February 27, 6:00 to 7:00 PM - Mrs. Close held the Orientation Meeting with the scout and his/her parent/grandparent.
March 6, 6:00 to 8:00 PM - Scouts and parent/grandparent presented their results requirements 1, 6 and 7.  The Scout had to demonstrate mastery of the Genealogy vocabulary, and show their Ancestral and Family Group charts. 
The Pastfinders Genealogy Society will be holding its 8th annual 4-6 week workshop for Boy Scouts seeking their Genealogy Merit Badge.  In this class, while the basics of genealogy research are introduced, the joy and inspiration of discovering fascinating ancestors and the fun of becoming the family detective are part of the experience. The Scout and his/her designated family adult partner will be assisted in completing 13 required tasks, as outlined by the Scouts manual and taught by a certified Merit Badge Counselor. Each scout attending regularly and participating fully can be assured of achieving this unique and challenging merit badge. While the family adult  partner will be completing  a beginners Genealogy 101 class, instilling  professional standards and a grounding in the highest standards for genealogists. If you are interested, please register using the form that you can download.  For more information, contact Joanne Close at or write to Pastfinders at 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive, Clermont. Classes are held in the 2nd floor Genealogy Room at Cooper Memorial Library and will begin with orientation for all pre-registered scouts and their partners  on Wed, 27 February at 6 pm . 
Studies show that children with a strong sense of family history gain a sense of belonging, of pride, of self confidence, and often do better in school.  Through their awareness of their family history they are also gaining a perspective on human relationships.  In addition to strong communication skills, through their Genealogy research, they are being introduced to skills in computer research, history, geography, logic, and sociology.  A Pastfinder representative will be visiting as many Scout Troops as possible in the Clermont/Minneola/Groveland/Mont Verde areas between 11 Feb and 25 Feb. Willing and interested troop committee members or  Merit Badge coordinators may arrange for such a visit by contacting Mrs Close at  Our workshop is not age appropriate for most Cub Scouts, but is open to all registered Scouts who have family and troop approval to participate. Classes are limited to the first 10-12 scouts registered.