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Merit Badges

A Merit Badge (MB) is an award that is presented to a Scout when he completes the requirements for one of the merit badge subjects.  The badge is only a small piece of khaki cloth with a design embroidered in color, but it has a great deal of significance for the scout and his advancement.

Scouts may choose among the more than 100 subjects, choosing those that seem most interesting to them. Some subjects are in craftwork, some in vocational fields, some in service to others, and many in cultural or life skills areas. In addition, certain merit badges are required for the Eagle Scout rank.

There are several Merit Badge Counselors in our troop and in the area who are qualified to teach the topics and subjects.  Please see the Troop Scoutmaster to discuss and obtain a MB Blue card BEFORE starting any Merit Badge. 

Resources:  How to Start a Merit Badge
                    US Scouting Service Project, Merit Badge web pages, good background information
                    List of Merit Badges

                    Merit Badge Requirements

We encourage adult volunteers to consider being Merit Badge Counselors.  To become a counselor, you'll need to do three things:
1. Complete the BSA Adult Application (the troop covers the fee);
2. Fill out the Merit Badge application form;
3. Take the on-line Youth Protection course (It's about 15 minutes long and you have to create a www.myscouting.org account first). You can do that here.

We'd like to get your applications to the BSA district office (Connecticut Yankee Council) as soon as possible.
If you'd like to learn more about what it means to be a merit badge counselor, you can check out this guide.