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Merit Badges

Experience sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 130 merit badges and getting started is easy.


Pick a Subject, read the requirements of the merit badges you think might interest you and choose one.Talk to your Scoutmaster about your choice and he will give you a signed merit badge application (the "blue card").


Use the 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.


Contact the Merit Badge Counselor and tell them that you want to earn the merit badge. The counselor may ask to meet you to explain what is expected and to start helping you complete 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. 


Show Your Stuff. When you are ready, call the counselor again to make an appointment. When you go take along the things you have made to meet the requirements. The counselor will test you on each requirement to make sure you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required. When the counselor is satisfied that you have met each requirement, they will sign your application (the "blue card"). Give the signed application to your unit leader so that you can receive your merit badge.

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