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Merit Badges

Earning merit badges are an important and fun part of Boy Scouting.  You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn 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.
 
Our most current list of merit badge counselors are available below.

For the Scouts

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 or other relative, or a friend.

Call The Counselor. Get a signed merit badge application from your Scoutmaster.  This is a little blue card, and thus you will be reminded before you start a merit badge "be sure to get your blue cards!".  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 to meet you to explain what is expected of you and to start helping you meet the requirements. You should also discuss work that you have already started or possibly completed.

Unless otherwise specified, work for a requirement can be started at any time. 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 have them. (See the list of current merit badge pamphlets.)

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 (aka "blue card"). Give the signed application to your Scoutmaster so that your merit badge emblem can be secured for you.  Badges are "earned" as soon as you complete the requirement, but usually awarded / presented at the next Court of Honor.

 

Blue Card tips for scouts:

  1. Keep your blue cards in base ball card holding sheets and a 3 ring binder. They are your proof of what you have achieved.
  2. Before taking your blue cards to camp, make a copy of them in case they are lost or damaged. Especially for partially completed blue cards.
  3. Give your blue card to your Advancement Coordinator as soon as it's completed in order to get it documented in the computer tracking system.

 For more info, please read the full article "Introduction to Merit Badges" at USScout.org.



Merit Badge Thursdays                                                                                                                                 

One Thursday every month will be dedicated to starting, working on, and completing merit badges.

Active badges:

Pet care-Teacher Ally Smith- Info Complete your animal care chart.

Family Life- Teacher Jinny Chan- Info: Talk about starting the badge and/or complete your chore chart and family project.

Computer Programming- Teacher Dan Harasty- Info: Try to bring your own computer to the next meeting but if you don't have a laptop you can share with someone else. Practice coding on codeacademy.com.

Communications- Teacher Rich Bludgus- Info talk to Mr. Bludgus to start. Work on requirements and complete speech.

Personal Management- Teacher Mike Bost, Mark DeMeno, Rob Conely- Info: Look through packet, get comfortable with the requirements. First meeting starts next MB Thursday!

All Citizenship badges-Teacher Steve Meier- Info talk to Mr. Meier about starting.

Plant Science-  Teacher Ally Smith - Info: Let Mrs. Ally Know your interested.

Forestry- Teacher Ally Smith - Info: Let Mrs. Ally Know your interested.

Music- Teacher Dan Harasty- info talk to Mr. Harasty if you are interested.

Personal Fitness- Teacher Mr. Csipkay- Info: Talk to Mr. Csipkay if interested



For the Parents

The troop needs merit badge counselors, especially for the Eagle required badges.
Some of you may be interested in becoming merit badge counselors but have questions about how.
 
If you have a particular interest or skill in virtually anything, BSA probably has a merit badge for it.  Please share your experience and passion with our scouts.

First, 
check the list of merit badges here.

Then, o
nce you find what you are interested in, please complete a merit badge counselor application form and provide it to the Scoutmaster.

Once your offer is accepted, please provide your contact info for how you want the scouts to reach you; ideally both an email address and a phone number, but either one is acceptable.  We'll then update the web page below, and announce to the scouts that you are available to offer this badge.

NOTE that YOU still set the schedule of when you hold meetings.  And you should have two or more scouts enrolled before you start a class.

For more details, ask the Scoutmaster to introduce you to a parent who has experience in being a merit badge 
counselor.

Propsective Merit Badge Counselors

 
Merit badge counselors are the key to success in the merit badge plan. They offer their time, experience, and knowledge to help guide Scouts in one or more of the merit badge subjects.
 
Please read the article "A Guide for Merit Badge Counseling" at USScout.org.
 

More Resources for Scouts and Counselors

Check out these great links and resources about Merit Badges:
 
 
 

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