How to Earn a Merit Badge
- Determine what Merit Badge is required.
- If it is an elective - select the one that interests you the
most from the Specialist Rating you've selected.
- After you have identified the Merit Badge you need or want,
tell your Troop Leader/Outfit Advisor. He/she will help you
fill up the Merit Badge
Application Form and sign it.
- Your Troop Leader/Outfit Advisor will tell you who your Merit
Badge Counselor is and will introduce you to him.
- You will have two or more meetings with your Merit
- During your first meeting with your Counselor he/she will
explain the subject and explains what he/she knows. He/she
will suggest books or pamphlets you can read. He/she may
also assign you a project to do on your own at home. He/she
will set a second meeting with you. If at anytime you need
help he/she will be available.
- During the second meeting you will bring your completed
project (if assigned one) and the Counselor will discuss
with you and try to find out if you have accomplished the
requirements that is set for the merit badge. If he/she
believes that you have completed the merit badge, he will
sign your application and certify that the requirements
for the Merit Badge has been completed.
- If the Counselor is not satisfied or if the requirements
were not completed, he/she will determine the difficulties
you are experiencing and advise you on what to do. He/she
will then set another meeting (similar with "b"). The counselor
will continue to set additional meetings until the merit
badge is completed.
- Return the Application Form to your Troop Leader/Outfit Advisor
who will then schedule you to appear before a Board
- Present yourself to the Board
of Review. Bring with you your completed project (if any)
and other works you've done for the merit badge.
- In due time you will be presented your Merit Badge at an appropriate