Introduction to Merit Badges
You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn these merit badges. There
are more than 100 merit badges. Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. You don't need to have had rank advancement
to be eligible.
Pick a Subject. Talk to your Scoutmaster about your interests. Read the requirements of the merit badges you think
might interest you. Pick one to earn. Your Scoutmaster will give you the name of a person from a list of counselors. These
counselors have special knowledge in their merit badge subjects and are interested in helping you.
Scout Buddy System. You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor.
This person can be another Scout, your parents or guardian, a brother or sister, a relative, or a friend.
Call the Counselor. Get a 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. The counselor may ask you to come and see him so he can explain
what he expects and start helping you meet the requirements.
When you know what is expected, start to learn and do the things required. Ask your counselor to help you learn the things
you need to know or do. You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject. Many troops and school or public libraries
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.
Requirements. You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated -- no more and no less. You are expected
to do exactly what is stated in the requirements. If it says "show or demonstrate," that is what you must do. Just telling
about it isn't enough. The same thing holds true for such words as "make," "list," "in the field," and "collect," "identify,"