Earning merit badges gives a Scout the self-confidence that comes from overcoming obstacles to achieve a goal. The steps to follow in the merit badge program are:
- A Scout expresses an interest in a merit badge
- The Scoutmaster (or designee) provides the name of a counselor from the approved merit badge counselor list and signs the Merit Badge Application (aka blue card) indicating the Scout has approval to work on the merit badge.
- The Scout contacts the counselor
- The Scout works with the counselor on completing the requirements
- The counselor signs the application in the appropriate locations and retains his/her portion of the card.
- The Scout turns in the complete application and the Scoutmaster (or designee) signs in the appropriate location acknowledging the merit badge has been earned and returns the Scout’s portion of the card to the Scout.
- The unit turns in the completed Unit Advancement Report and obtains the merit badge
- The Scout receives the merit badge.
The current Boy Scout Requirements lists the requirements a Scout meets for each of the more than 100 merit badges that are available. This information is also available on the National website.
Scouts must be tested individually, and they must meet all the requirements. No additional requirements may be added.
A merit badge cannot be taken away once it has been earned, provided the counselor is a registered counselor for the merit badge, and no fraud is involved.
Merit badge pamphlets are available for each merit badget; Scouts are not required to purchase these, but is encouraged.
Boy Scout Requirements (updated annually on January 1)
Guide to Advancement, Section 7
Introduction to Merit Badges
Individual Merit Badge pamphlets