What is a Merit Badge?
Merit badges are the second main area of the Boy Scout advancement program, with Rank
being the first. A primary advantage of the Merit Badge Program is that a Scout develops his ability to communicate and interact with adults. These skills serve him well as he learns to adapt into society as a maturing young adult.
A Merit Badge is a badge earned for the study of a specific hobby or occupation, such as swimming, dentistry, or wood working, while under the tutorship of an acknowledged expert in the field called Merit Badge Counselor.
There are over 100 different Merit Badge titles to choose from.
How Many Merit Badges are Required?
There is no limit to the number of badges a Scout may pursue over his Scouting
Career. However, if a Scout intends to advance in rank toward Eagle Scout, then, along the way, he will need to earn 21 Merit Badges- with 12 specific badges being
After the rank of Eagle has been earned, any
Merit Badges beyond the 21 will earn him Eagle Palms.
The Blue Card:
Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. Once a Scout selects a merit badge he wants to work on, the scout must:
- Request a signed "Blue Card" from the Scout Master and fill in what you can. A scou
- Download the Merit Badge Worksheet (optional, but helpful)
- Purchase the MB Pamphlet at the scout store, or check it out, with Mr. Lebens permission from the Advancement Coordinator
- Locate a Merit Badge Counselor by logging into Troop Master and clicking on the Document tab. Make contact with the Merit Badge Counselor
- You are expected to meet the requirements exactly as stated - no more and no less.
When the requirements for your Merit Badge have been met:
- With a parent or buddy present, meet with your counselor to show your stuff and obtain his signature on the Blue Card who will retain 1/3 of the card.
- Get Scoutmaster's signature on the remaining 2/3's of the Blue Card.
- Make a photo copy of the card (not required but suggested) and retain for your records in case something is lost.
- Give the signed card to the Advancement Coordinator who will document it on the Troop Master program and then turn it in to the Council Scout Office.
- The Scoutmaster will present the scout with a patch and the final portion of the Blue Card at the first available Troop meeting after it is received. He will also be be acknowledged at the next Court of Honor.
- Keep your portion of the Blue Card. It is your PROOF of completion, and may be important if the badge is used to help you advance in rank. (Baseball card sleeves are a great way to keep all this orderly).
- The boy should then apply to his Sash by sewing or with Badge Magic (a sticker adhesive from the scout store).
- To verify proper recording of MB and Rank Advancement, sign into Troop Master.
A Boy Scout may work on Merit Badges from they time they join a scout troop until they turn 18 years old.
Once he begins work on a merit badge, there is no time limit for completion of merit badges, other than age,
nor is completion required if a merit badge is begun.