You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 130 merit badges. Any Boy Scout may earn a merit badge at any time. You don’t need to have had rank advancement to be eligible. Read more about Introduction to Merit Badges.
- Talk to your Scout Master to find Merit Badge Counselors inside and outside Troop 682
- From BSA’s Introduction to Merit Badges:
- Pick a Subject. Talk to your unit leader about your interests. Read the requirements of the merit badges you think might interest you, and pick one to earn. Your leader will give you the name of a person from a list of counselors. These individuals have special knowledge in their merit badge subjects and are interested in helping you.
- 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 Merit Badge Counselor. Get a signed Application for Merit Badge, No. 34124, from your unit leader. Get in touch with the merit badge counselor and explain that you want to earn the badge. The counselor may ask to meet you to explain what is expected and to start helping you meet the requirements. You should also discuss work you have already started or possibly completed.
- Merit Badge Research Center – Boy Scout Merit Badge resources include the Merit Badge Worksheets, Online Blue Card, FAQ, maps, charts, links, checklists, and cross-references for related Merit Badges and Scout Awards.