Boy Scout Merit Badges
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Boy Scout merit badges give scouts the opportunity to investigate around 120 different areas of knowledge and skills. The merit badge program plays a major role in the scouting advancement program and participation can begin as soon as a scout registers with a troop. Each scout can explore topics from American Business to Woodworking as he has interest. The only limitations are his ambition and availability of adult merit badge counselors to offer instruction.Read More about the Boy Scout merit badge process.
Merit Badge Pamphlets: An official Boy Scout merit badge pamphlet has been created for the BSA by topic authorities for each merit badge. The pamphlets contain requirements, introductory information and supplemental reference text. A scout can purchase pamphlets from BSA, find them in a troop library, or often-times check them out from a public library. There is also a Requirements Booklet with a merit badge list for quick reference.
Merit Badge Counselors: Merit badge counselors are volunteers that have been selected, trained, and approved by council or district committees. They are knowledgeable in the topic and understand the goals of scouting and the Boy Scout merit badge program. Many districts have a directory of counselors.
Merit Badge Process: A scout decides he would like to earn a specific merit badge. He obtains approval to begin the merit badge from his Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster identifies possible merit badge counselors. The scout identifies another scout, buddy, or family member that will be his partner to attend all meetings with the counselor to follow safe scouting guidelines. He then contacts the counselor to begin badge work. The counselor reviews the requirements with the scouts and they decide on projects to complete and a completion schedule. The counselor provides expertise, advice, guidance as needed until the scouts have completed the requirements. The merit badge counselor certifies completion of requirements and the merit badge patch is presented at a court of honor or troop meeting.
Required Merit Badges: A boy scout can begin taking merit badges as soon as he joins a troop, but no merit badges are required for advancement until he receives his First Class rank. Advancement to Star, Life, and Eagle all require completion of merit badges, service, and demonstration of responsibility. To reach Eagle rank, a scout must complete a total of at least 21 Boy Scout merit badges listing them in his handbook, 13 of which come from the Eagle-required badge list.
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Sep 03, 2012 - Austin Eagle
P.S. i live near dallas, texas. Thanks!
Earning Eagle is more like a marathon than a quick sprint and if the requirements are put off too long, it is unattainable. The only way you can earn Eagle is to put in the full effort on these merit badges and set aside the time required to complete all the tasks.
You should immediately contact your scoutmaster and get started. If you got a counselor right away, went to work, and didn't procrastinate any longer, you could conceivably complete these badges just before your deadline.
The idea of an advanced merit badge would be to provide a greater challenge to some scouts. These scouts who accomplish the additional requirements could be awarded a merit badge with a different outer lining (perhaps gold color) for the badge.
Advanced merit badges could provide more challenge without taking away the current requirements and current badge.
My husband has graduated college with the highest honors for land surveying and has his degree.
and Now currently back in college for Diesel mechanic (which he did for the Army for 6 years)and he is currently working in a garage as a diesel mechanic
My question is :
would he be able to be the counselor and teach my son and any others boys in the wolf pack so they can work for there badges now?
or do they have to be in boy scouts and out of cub scouts?
You could contact the council from which you received your ranks and ask if they have advancement records from 30 years ago.
THE EAGLE SCOUTS MERIT BADGES ARE HARD FOR HIM.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
He may be more challenged than other scouts to complete some badges, but if he wants to do it, he will.
As a parent, you might encourage him, help him set aside a specific time for merit badge progress each week, and become familiar with the badge requirements to help him choose some that fit his interests. Many merit badges have little reading and lots of DOing - Hiking merit badge is a good example.
As a physician who counsels the first aid MB, I have elected to make everyone pass a basic written test over the material before they get the badge. One boy with a learning disability couldn't do in a written form, so he did it in an oral form instead.
I know you probably do it in order that the scouts prove up they know first aid, but if passing a test is a requirement that you put on the scouts as a condition of earning the merit badge, you would be considered as not following what a MB counselor is supposed to be doing.
The BSA guidelines state that any registered Boy Scout can begin work on any merit badge at any time. Some merit badges are definitely more difficult than others. Merit badge counselors interpret the requirements and ensure that each scout complete the requirements "to the counselor's satisfaction".
I agree with both of you; however, in this instance, I'd suggest that another counselor be sought. I know that the requirements must be maintained, and that the "bar" remains the same regardless of the age of the scout, but finding a counselor who is willing to teach, or one willing to work with the youth may be the key here. I remember that while doing the Music MB as a 15 y.o. youth, the counselor expected much more out of me than she did out of my 12 y.o. cousin. We both me the requirements, but more was expected out of me.
Thanks for hearing me out! I hope that this contributes to the conversation.
Saying "the boy's parents can just sign off" is incorrect.
There should be no requirement that a scout solicit a group of scouts to join him in doing a merit badge. That is not part of the merit badge process.
It would be a very good idea for the scout to discuss his plan with his counselor BEFORE doing requirements on a vacation to ensure the counselor plans on accepting the results.
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