Merit badge Process

Troop 6925 follows the BSA merit badge procedure. Our troop librarian is responsible for maintaining a catalog of current Merit Badge handbooks for scouts to borrow. We will also gratefully accept donations of gently used handbooks once scouts have completed a MB. Merit Badge handbooks are also available from the Scout Shop for about $5 each.

  1. Pick a Subject: Look through the Boy Scout Requirements booklet at the available merit badges and their requirements. Talk to your Scoutmaster about your interests or ask a friend what merit badges he enjoyed. Pick a merit badge to earn. It is the responsibility of each Scout to select and earn merit badges that interest him.
  2. Understand the requirements: Obtain a copy of the appropriate Merit badge book from either the Troop Librarian or from the scout shop. Lots of information is also available online from several very good sources and frequently a downloadable worksheet is available to help keep scouts organized.
    1. o US Scout Service Project - MB Requirements
    2. o - MB Info/Requirements
    3. o US Scout Service Project - Resources
  3. Find a Buddy: You must have another person with you at every meeting with the merit badge counselor. We encourage you to find this another Scout who also has an interest in this merit badge. But if for some reason there is not another scout available your buddy could be your parent, a brother or sister, or a friend. It is more fun if you have a scout buddy earning the merit badge with you.
  4. Receive Approval/Get a Counselor: Talk to your Scoutmaster or Advancement Chair about the merit badge you want to earn. Tell him who your partner will be for this badge. Your Scoutmaster or Advancement Chair will then help you identify a qualified merit badge counselor. This may be an adult leader within the troop, or an adult volunteer from within the Northwest District.
  5. Fill out the Blue Card: Properly fill out the Blue Card. Obtain the Scoutmasters signature on the Blue Card. The card should be filled out specifically for the Scout and the badge he is working on. The card needs to be completely filled out BEFORE you meet with your counselor.
  6. Meet Your Counselor: Speak with the merit badge counselor and tell him/her that you would like to earn the merit badge. Tell the counselor you have your blue card. The counselor will set up a time to meet with you and your buddy to explain what is expected of you and to start helping you meet the requirements. When you know what is expected, start to learn and do the things required. Read the merit badge pamphlet to learn a lot about the subject – you can check a pamphlet out from the troop librarian. Ask your counselor to help with the things you need help to complete.
  7. Demonstrate your Ability: When you are ready, call the counselor again to make an appointment to meet the requirements. Take the projects you’ve made and the work you’ve done so you can demonstrate your completion of the requirements. If projects are too big, arrange to have the counselor come and see them or ask if you can bring a photograph of the project instead.

The counselor will ask you to do each and every requirement to make sure that you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required.

After the Scout has completed all the merit badge requirements the counselor confirms that by completing their part of the blue card

Requirements: The Scout is expected to meet the requirements as they are stated. You are expected to do exactly what is stated. If it says, “show or demonstrate” that is what you must do – just telling about it isn’t enough. The same is true for requirements such as “make”, “collect”, “identify”, and “label”.

  1. Get the Badge: When the counselor is satisfied that you have met the requirements, s/he will sign your blue merit badge card. Turn in the completed blue merit badge card to your Scoutmaster or Advancement Chair so the merit badge patch can be ordered.

Finally, the Scout separates the blue card into three parts and makes sure that everyone gets their part.

NOTE: It is very important that scouts SAVE their portion of the completed/counselor signed blue card. This is the scouts proof that he has completed the merit badge. While the council does keep records you don't want to be submitting your Eagle Scout application and discover that through a record keeping error at the council you get held up!

We recommend scouts keep an advancement notebook and store rank and merit badge cards in clear plastic 'baseball card' protectors. They work perfectly.

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