Merit Badges are badges earned for specific skills and leadership. Completing each badge requires the completion of a packet under the guidance of a Merit Badge Counselor.
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 scout comes to the Scoutmaster, the Advancement Chair, or an Assistant Scoutmaster and expresses interest
- 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 completing all the required tasks and gets a completion signature from the counselor on the blue card
- The scout returns to the troop and shows a completed and signed blue card to the Advancement Chair who then records the merit badge in Scoutbook
- 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