Merit Badge Primer
for Merit Badge Information
How to Earn a
You younger Scouts have been to camp and perhaps to MBU, so already have some
merit badges under your belts. But you may have some “partials” from either
event, or may wish to start on a badge or two on your own. This summary of the
merit badge process is based on material in the Boy Scout Requirements book.
Pick a Subject. There are nearly
120 merit badges available for Scouts to earn. This can be your opportunity to
learn about sports, crafts, business, or science. Check the list in the
Requirements book, ask your fellow Scouts, or talk to a Scoutmaster to get
Find a Partner. You’ll have more
fun and a better chance of success if you get a buddy to earn the badge with
you. In any case, you must have another
person with you at each meeting with your merit badge counselor. If
not another Scout, it can be a parent, brother or sister, or friend.
Know the Requirements. For an
overview of the subject, read the requirements in the Requirements book. Learn
more by checking the book out from the troop library and reading through it.
Get Ready. Get a blue card from
the Scoutmaster, fill it out with your name, troop number, etc. (we are in the
Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council), and name of badge. Then have the
Scoutmaster sign the Application for Merit Badge section. Check the Troop 575
list of counselors (click link above). If none is listed for your badge, ask a Scoutmaster for help
- the District has a list, so we can find you one. Talk with the counselor to
plan how you will demonstrate the requirements.
Show Your Stuff. When you are
ready, call your counselor to arrange a meeting to review your work. Make sure
that you meet the requirements - if it says “in writing,” that’s what you need
to do. If it says “demonstrate,” “list,” or “make,” you can’t just talk about
Get the Badge. When you are
finished, your counselor will sign the card and keep the Counselor’s Record
section. Show the card to the Scoutmaster, who will sign again to indicate that you
are finished. Take the completed card (both parts) to Mr. Joe Wakefield, who will
see that you get the badge at the next Court of Honor. You will get back the
Applicant’s Record portion of the card with your badge.
For camp or MBU partials, the situation is the same - you just don’t have as
many requirements to complete with your counselor.