Merit Badges are badges earned for specific skills and leadership. Completing each badge requires working under the guidance of a merit badge counselor. A scout should never meet one on one with a merit badge counselor. Some counselors may require a Merit Badge packet be filled out.
The process of earning a merit badge is pretty straightforward, and follows a simple process:
- The scout selects a merit badge from the list that they want to earn.
- The adult leader and the scout will select a merit badge counselor from Scoutbook. The merit badge counselor may also require a blue card to be signed by the Scoutmaster.
- The adult leader and the scout complete a blue card, and the adult leader provides a list of merit badge counselors for the scout to contact.
- The scout works with the merit badge counselor to complete all requirements. The counselor will update the requirements in Scoutbook or sign the blue card. The counselor may not change or add to the merit badge requirements.
- The scout returns and lets the Scoutmaster and Advancement Chair know the merit badge has been completed and provides the blue card, if used.
- The scout gains credit for the merit badge, and is awarded all earned badges at the next Court of Honor.
Merit badges are worked on, by the scouts, in advancement classes, which are put on by Grand Canyon Council, within the troop as a group or by an individual scout, according to the parameters of the packet and under the guidance of the Merit Badge Counselor.
Merit Badge Sash – optional. Here’s good info on them.
The troop has contracted with a local seamstress for merit badge sashes, the cost is 20 dollars to have one made for your scout. Please contact the scoutmaster for more information.
Note that the rank of Eagle requires the completion of 21 Merit Badges (as of 2016). More info on ranks can be found here. In addition to other requirements, Eagle Scout requires the following merit badges:
- First Aid
- Citizenship in the Community
- Citizenship in the Nation
- Citizenship in the World
- Personal Fitness
- Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
- Environmental Science OR Sustainability
- Personal Management
- Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
- Family Life