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The Capitol District Advancement Committee of the Baltimore Area Council, B.S.A., has hosted this site to provide Merit Badge Counselors, Nova Counselors, SuperNova Mentors, Scouts, parents and units information about BSA's Merit Badge, STEM and Nova awards programs. The site is intended to help these individuals interpret the advancement policy established by the Boy Scouts of America National Advancement Committee, procedures implemented within the Baltimore Area Council and practices followed within The Capitol District. 
 
The site provides a common workspace and organizes a number of resources to promote a better understanding of the Merit Badge process. The site is divided into the following areas of interest: Merit Badge/STEM Announcements, Merit Badge Counselors/Nova Mentor Resources, Scouts and Units. 
 
This site is patterned on National documentation and highlights the information contained in the online Guide to Advancement 2015, BSA web resources, advancement newsletters, Merit Badge training with added information that is specific to the Baltimore Area Council.  In the case of conflicting information the Guide to Advancement 2015 takes precedence. 



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We hope users find the site to be a useful resource.
 
The Capitol District Advancement Committee

Recent Counselor Announcements

  • Merit Badge Counselor Newsletter Announced National Announces a Newsletter for Merit Badge Counselors Merit Badge Counselors and unit leaders should subscribe to the newly announced Merit Badge Counselor’s newsletter, “Counselor’s Compass.” Subscribe by ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2014, 1:33 PM by Advancement Chair
  • Options Added to Scouting Heritage and Sustainability The National Advancement Committee recently added the following options to Scouting Heritage and Sustainability merit badges. The additions are effective immediately and will appear in the 2014 Boy Scout Requirements ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2013, 7:54 PM by Advancement Chair
  • Merit Badge Counselor Resource Page Available A new BSA Web page is available for merit badge counselors searching for just the right resources. Recently posted, it contains informational fliers on all the newest merit badges—including ...
    Posted Nov 7, 2013, 7:47 PM by Advancement Chair
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Recent Link Updates

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Merit Badge Revisions and Changes  Site lists MB requirements from previous revisions. Most Scouts choose to complete the badge with the requirements in effect when they started the badge. Counselors should reference this information when Scouts ask to complete a partial badge. 
Merit Badge Resources, Worksheets, and Revision Dates This site provides links to worksheets which supplement the badge learning experience. Badges marked with TPF indicate that a ‘Troop Program Monthly Theme’ is available featuring this merit badge. These resources also apply to the SuperNova awards. 
Introduction to Merit Badges  National page shows badges and links to active requirements for all current Merit Badges. Merit Badge resources such as Scout literature, subject matter books, and Organizations and Website are provided. 
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