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These following guidelines are the current policies for learning & earning Merit Badges.
You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business and future careers as you earn these merit badges. There are more than 100 merit badges. Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. You donít need to have had rank advancement to be eligible.
Pick A Subject.† Read the requirements of the merit badges you think might interest you. Pick one to earn. Troop 10ís Advancement Chairman can give you a list of counselors. These counselors have special knowledge in their merit badge subjects and are interested in helping you.† Troop 10 will offer some Merit Badges prior† to some Troop Meetings.† Other opportunities include various Merit Badge Forums or ĎCollegesí, special events and during Summer Camp.
Scout 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, a relative or a friend.
Call The Counselor. Get a signed merit badge application from the Advancement Chairman. Get in touch with the merit badge counselor and tell him or her that you want to earn the merit badge. The counselor may ask you to come and see him so he can explain what he expects and start helping you meet the requirements.
When you know what is expected, start to learn and do the things required. Ask your counselor to help you learn the things you need to know or do. You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject.† These are avalible from the Scout Shop, a fellow Scout or the Troop Library.
Show Your Stuff. When you are ready, call the counselor again to make an appointment to meet the requirements. When you go take along the things you have made to meet the requirements. If they are too big to move, take pictures or have an adult tell in writing what you have done. The counselor will ask you to do each requirement to make sure that you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required.
Get The Badge. When the counselor is satisfied that you have met each requirement, he or she will sign your Merit Badge Card. Give the signed Card to the Advancement Chairman so that your merit badge emblem can be secured for you at the next Court of Honor.
Requirements. You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated --- no more and no less. You are expected to do exactly what is stated in the requirements. If it says "show or demonstrate," that is what you must do. Just telling about it isnít enough. The same thing holds true for such words as "make," "list," "in the field," and "collect," "identify," and "label."
Note: There is NO DEADLINE for earning Merit Badges, except the Scout's 18th Birthday. Once a Scout has started working on a Merit Badge (i.e. obtained a signed "Blue Card" Application for Merit Badge from his Scoutmaster, had an initial discussion with a merit badge Counselor, and started working on the requirements), he may continue using those requirements until he completes the badge or turns 18.
THERE IS NO ONE YEAR LIMIT ON SO-CALLED "PARTIALS".
In contrast to the rule for rank advancements, which imposes a specific deadline for using the old requirements, The rule for Merit Badges is as follows:
If the requirements change while a Scout is working on the badge, he may continue to use the OLD requirements until he completes the work, or he may use the new requirements if he wishes. It is HIS choice, and his alone.
If a Merit Badge is discontinued, Scouts working on the badge when it is removed from the Boy Scout Requirements booklet may continue to work toward completing the badge, and get credit for earning the badge, until they turn 18. However, it may not be possible to obtain an actual merit badge patch, once the local council's supply is exhausted.
If a discontinued Merit Badge is replaced with one or more other Merit Badges covering the same or similar topics (such as Rifle and Shotgun Shooting MB which was replaced by Rifle Shooting MB and Shotgun Shooting MB), a Scout that has earned the discontinued badge may also earn the new badge or badges. If the badge is simply renamed (such as Firemanship MB which was changed to Fire Safety MB), Scouts may NOT earn the badge again. If the badge number in BSA's numbering system is the same before and after the change, it is a renaming. If a new number is assigned, it is a replacement.