Our patrol leaders and older Scouts, under the supervision of the uniformed leaders, work with younger Scouts on rank advancement during the year. Additional opportunities are available in summer camp programs. Boys are encouraged to earn merit badges individually or in groups/patrols. Many troop parents are merit badge counselors. We bring in other community members to our meetings to help Scouts with specialized skills. Troop 1344 holds Courts of Honor three times a year in February, June and October where advancement is formally acknowledged.