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Merit Badge Plan
A part of the advancement program of the Boy Scouts of America, the merit badge plan is one of the most unique educational tools ever devised. It is an exploration method to connect scouts with different hobbies, vocations, and careers.
What Is a Merit Badge?
A merit badge is an award that is presented to a Scout when he completes the requirements for one of the merit badge subjects. The badge is only a small piece of colored cloth with a design embroidered in
The Merit Badge Counselor
The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By
The Merit Badge Process
The counselor's responsibility is to assist the Scout as he plans the projects and activities to meet the merit badge
No one on one contact with scouts is permitted. Please encourage a scout to bring a friend or parent.
What's My Responsibility?
Your task is to satisfy yourself that each Scout meets all the requirements for the merit badge. In this sense you are an examiner, though your larger opportunity lies in coaching the Scout to meet the challenge of the requirements. Merit badge counselors cannot add or delete requirements.
How Am I Qualified?
Merit badge counselors must be members of the Boy Scouts of America. A counselor must have approval from the BSA local council, but there is no cost to serve. A prospective counselor completes an adult application and a merit badge counselor application form. All volunteers must complete BSA Youth Protection training before approval maybe given to counsel scouts.
Approval to serve as a merit badge counselor is not an automatic approval. The perspective counselor should have a hobby, specific interest, or work in the career field of the merit badge.
What Do I Agree to Do?
As a merit badge counselor, I agree:
1) to follow the requirements in the merit badge pamphlet, making no deletions or additions, ensuring that the advancement standards are fair and uniform for all Scouts.
Merit Badge Pamphlets
An official Boy Scout merit badge pamphlet has been created for the BSA by topic authorities for each merit badge. The pamphlets contain requirements, introductory information and supplemental reference text. A scout can purchase pamphlets from BSA, find them in a troop library, or often-times check them out from a public library. There is also a BSA Requirements Booklet with a merit badge list for quick reference.
List of Merit Badges
A complete list of current merit badges can be found at the national BSA website:
Calapooia registered merit badge counselors.