FAQ's on Advancement

FAQ's on Advancement

  • How do I earn a Merit Badge?
    • 7.0.3.0 The Process of Counseling
        • Recommended Merit Badge Process
          • The Scout develops an interest in a merit badge and may begin working on the requirements.
          • The Scout and unit leader discuss the Scout’s interest in the merit badge.
          • The unit leader signs a blue card and provides the Scout with at least one counselor contact.
          • The Scout contacts the counselor. (Notice the parent DOES NOT contact the counselor)
          • The counselor considers any work toward requirements completed prior to the initial discussion with the unit leader.
          • The Scout, the Scout’s buddy, and the counselor meet (often several times).
          • The Scout finishes the requirements.The counselor approves completion.
          • The Scout returns the signed blue card to the unit leader, who signs the applicant record section of the blue card.
          • The unit leader gives the Scout the applicant record.
          • The unit reports completion of the merit badge.
          • The Scout receives the merit badge.
  • Do I have to use a merit badge worksheet?
    • 7.0.4.8 Unofficial Worksheets and Learning Aids

Worksheets and other materials that may be of assistance in earning merit badges are available from a variety of places including unofficial sources on the internet and even troop libraries. Use of these aids is permissible as long as the materials can be correlated with the current requirements that Scouts must fulfill. Completing “worksheets” may suffice where a requirement calls for something in writing, but this would not work for a requirement where the Scout must discuss, tell, show, or demonstrate, etc. Note that Scouts shall not be required to use these learning aids in order to complete a merit badge.