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.
  • I just got back from summer camp and I have a partial, now what do I do?
    • Guide to Advancement Current Printing:
      • Section 7.0.3.3 Partial Completions:
        • Scouts need not pass all the requirements of one merit badge with the same counselor. It may be that due to timing or location issues, etc., they must meet with different counselors to finish a badge. The Application for Merit Badge has a place to record what has been finished—a “partial.” In the center section on the reverse of the blue card, the counselor initials for each requirement passed. In the case of a partial completion, the counselor does not retain his or her portion of the card. A subsequent counselor may choose not to accept partial work, but this should be rare. A Scout who believes he or she is being treated unfairly may work with the unit leader to find another qualified counselor. An example for the use of a signed partial would be to take it to camp as proof that the camp’s prerequisites have been met. Partials have no expiration except the Scout’s 18th birthday. Units, districts, or councils shall not establish other expiration dates for partial merit badges.
  • I earned this patch or medal, where do I wear it?
  • I have a question on the advancement policy for.....? Where do I go to get the answer?
    • You are looking for the Guide to Advancement. This book has all the answers and more about National policies on advancement, board of reviews, merit badges, Eagle Scout Process and more!