Longs Peak Council
Boy Scouts of America
The merit badge program is one of Scouting's basic
character-developing tools. Earning merit badges gives boys the
kind of self-confidence that comes only with overcoming difficult
obstacles to achieve a goal.
A Scout earns a merit badge by working with a council approved
and registered adult counselor, an expert in the chosen subject,
who is on a list provided by his troop. The Scout, along with a
buddy, makes an appointment with the counselor and works on the
merit badge with the counselor during one or more visits. When
the counselor approves the Scout's application, the Scoutmaster
submits it to the council service center and obtains the
The buddy when working on a merit badge can be another Scout,
parents, guardians, a brother or sister, a relative, or a
Any registered Scout, regardless of rank, may work on any
merit badge and receive the award when he earns it.
The first step to earn a merit badge is to pick a subject and
get a signed Merit Badge Application
(blue card) from your Scoutmaster.
At that point you then get in touch with the merit badge
counselor and discuss when you can get together so the counselor
can explain what he expects and start helping you meet the
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.
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
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," and "label."
- Advancement Policies and Procedures Committee Guide
- Boy Scout Requirements
Last Updated Thursday, 30-Jul-2009 13:43:29 CDT