Winter Recess – Time for Merit Badges!?

Here it is. Winter Recess. No school. Time to ski, snowboard, video games, and merit badges. Wait! What?How-to-earn-merit-badges

Why not? Get caught up on school projects and then this is a perfect time to work on a merit badge. Spend an hour a day and soon you’ll have it done. Before you crack those books, you’ll want to follow the following 12 steps:

  1. The Scout develops an interest in a merit badge and may begin working on the requirements.
  2. The Scout discusses his interest in the merit badge with his unit leader.
  3. The unit leader signs a blue card and provides the Scout with at least one counselor contact.
  4. The Scout contacts the counselor.
  5. The counselor considers any work toward requirements completed prior to the initial discussion with the unit leader.
  6. The Scout, his buddy and the counselor meet (often several times).
  7. The Scout finishes the requirements.
  8. The counselor approves completion.
  9. The Scout returns the signed blue card to his unit leader, who signs the applicant record section of the blue card.
  10. The unit leader gives the Scout the applicant record.
  11. The unit reports the merit badge to the council.
  12. The Scout receives his merit badge.
    excerpts from a blog post “This is how to earn a merit badge“.

Convinced yet?

Did you know that there are 136 merit badges to choose from. Seventeen can be used for 13 “Eagle” required merit badges. That leaves 119. Sound like too many? The idea of the merit badges is to encourage each scout to discover more about about their interests. Merit badges provides a way to for learn more about a particular interest or vocation, from Archaeology to Space Exploration and from Crime Prevention to Medicine and Movie Making.

The List

Here’s a link to a listing of all of the Merit Badges, including links to their requirements. Use this list to see what you are interested in. Now you’ve completed step #1 from above.

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