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Merit Badges

Merit badges are awards that encourage Scouts to explore exciting skills and subjects that spark their interest. By earning merit badges, Scouts learn all about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers.

  • There are more than 135 merit badges

  • Scouts get to choose for themselves which badges they earn

  • Once a Scout begins to work on his Star, Life and Eagle ranks, he will need to begin earning specifically required merit badges


The Merit Badge Process

  1. Pick a subject

  • The Scout discusses his interest in a merit badge with the Scoutmaster.

  • The Advancement Coordinator and Scoutmaster provide a “blue card” and at least one counselor contact.

   2. Contact the Counselor

  • ​The Scout picks a buddy to attend meetings with. This can be a parent or another registered adult.

  • The Scout, his buddy and the counselor meet (often several times).

   3. Complete the Requirements

  • The counselor approves completion of the requirements.

  • The Scout returns the signed “blue card” to the Scoutmaster.

  • The Advancement Coordinator reports the merit badge to the Council.

   4. The Merit Badge is Awarded

  • The Scout receives his newly earned Merit Badge as soon as possible.






Merit badge Counselors
The Merit Badge Counselor introduces scouts to an exciting topic about which they themselves are passionate and knowledgable.

Merit Badge Counselor Requirements:

  • Be an individual of good character

  • Be age 18 or older

  • Have the skills and education in the subject being taught

  • Be approved by the local council (including youth protection training)


Become a Troop 12 Merit Badge Counselor!

For an easy step-by-step guide on becoming a Troop 12 Merit Badge Counselor, follow this link:

Become a Troop 12 Merit Badge Counselor

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