Merit Badge Program
You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 100 subjects to choose from. Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time, they are not rank-specific.
Pick a Subject. Talk to your Scoutmaster about your interests and browse merit badge requirements, then find a merit badge couselor with help from your leaders.
Scout Buddy System. Find a friend or two to work on the merit badge with, or bring a friend, parent, leader, or sibling. You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor.
Call the Counselor. Get a signed merit badge application from your Scoutmaster. Get in touch with the merit badge counselor and tell him or her that you want to earn the merit badge.
Unless otherwise specified, work for a requirement can be started at any time. Ask your counselor to help you learn the things you need to know or do.
Show Your Stuff. When you are ready, call the counselor again to make an appointment to meet the requirements. When you go, take along the things you have made to meet the requirements. If they are too big to move, take pictures or have an adult tell in writing what you have done. The counselor will ask you to do each requirement to make sure that you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required.
Get the Badge. When the counselor is satisfied that you have met each requirement, he or she will sign your application. Give the signed application to your Scoutmaster so that your merit badge emblem can be secured for you.
The current Boy Scout Requirements guide is available from your local Scouting merchandise distributor. It may also be ordered online at www.scoutstuff.org. Merit Badge Requirements undergo changes periodically, so it is important to make sure you are working from the most recent version of the Merit Badge Pamphlet. You can also find Merit Badge requirements online at meritbadge.org.
Requirements. To earn the merit badge, you are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated—no more and no less. If you find a new hobby and choose to go further with it, wonderful! However only the stated requirements are necessary to earn the badge.
If a Scout has already started working on a merit badge when a new edition of the pamphlet is introduced, he should continue to use the same merit badge pamphlet and fulfill the requirements therein to earn the badge. He need not start all over again with the new pamphlet and possibly revised requirements.
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