The BSA merit badge program includes over 120 different areas of knowledge and skills. As soon as a scout joins a troop, he can start earning merit badges. The only limitations are his ambition and availability of adult merit badge counselors.
Merit Badge Pamphlets: Each BSA merit badge has an official pamphlet which contains requirements, introductory information and supplemental references. Scouts can purchase pamphlets from a scout shop or find them in their troop library. Pamphlets are updated every few years, so be sure to get the most recent copy.
Merit Badge Counselors: Volunteers are selected, trained, and approved by council or district committees to teach scouts about specific merit badges. They are knowledgeable in the topic and understand the goals of scouting and the merit badge program.
Process: When a scout decides to earn a merit badge, he first obtains approval to begin from his Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster provides the scout with names of appropriate BSA merit badge counselors. The scout finds a scout buddy to be his partner for meetings with the merit badge counselor to follow safe scouting guidelines. He then contacts the counselor to start working on the badge. The counselor reviews the requirements with the scouts and they decide on projects and a schedule. Expertise, advice, and guidance as needed is offered by the counselor to the scouts. The counselor certifies their completion and the merit badge is presented at a troop meeting.
Required Merit Badges: A scout can start earning merit badges as soon as he joins a troop, but merit badges are not required for advancement until Star rank. Star, Life, and Eagle ranks are reached by performing leadership, service, and merit badges. Eagle rank requires completion of at least 21 BSA merit badges.
|American Business||Doran Grohs|
|American Heritage||Joe Roberts, Angelica Braden|
|Animal Science||Angelica Braden|
|Automotive Maintenence||Ben Palmer|
|Camping||Dominic Espetia, Joe Roberts|
|Citizenship in the Community||Joe Roberts, Cindy Norris|
|Citizenship in the Nation||Gary Chee, Cindy Norris|
|Citizenship in the World||Gary Chee, Cindy Norris|
|Coin Collecting/Collections||Cathy Sangis|
|Cooking||Elizabeth Santos, Stephen Roach, Cathy Sangis|
|Crime Prevention||Brad Norris|
|Emergency Preparedness||Stephen Roach|
|Engineering||Gary Chee, Joe Roberts|
|Environmental Science||Brian Holcombe|
|Family Life||Cathy Sangis|
|Farm Mechanics||Angelica Braden|
|First Aid||Vic Rankins, Stephen Roach|
|Gardening||Jim Douglas, Angelica Braden|
|Golf||Brian Holcombe, Joe Roberts|
|Hiking||Brian Holcombe, Dominic Espetia|
|Home Repairs||Vic Rankins|
|Personal Fitness||Brad Norris|
|Personal Management||Joe Roberts, Angelica Braden,|
|Pets||Brian Holcombe, Cathy Sangis|
|Public Speaking||Doran Grohs|
|Scouting Heritage||Angelica Braden|
|Small Boat Sailing||Vic Rankins|
|Stamp Collecting||Gary Chee|
|Traffic Safety||Brad Norris|
|Truck Transportation||Doran Grohs|
|Wilderness Survival||Brad Norris|
|Wood Carving||Vic Rankins|
When a scout completes all the merit badge requirements he not only earns a badge but has a basic working knowledge of the area of study. By taking many different badges the boys are learning skills and information and being exposed to various fields of study. It is a hope that this information rounds the scouts knowledge and provides them information to help guide their career paths and future.