Merit badges can be earned within the troop, at summer camp, at a merit badge fair, and through a park/museum programs such as the Kansas Cosmosphere. Adults serving as Merit Badge Counselors must be registered as a Merit Badge Counselor with BSA. The troop’s Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator can assist troop adults with the application form to become a Merit Badge Counselor.
Troop Merit Badges - A Scout must have approval from the Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor to begin a merit badge. Merit badge cards (Blue Cards) are issued by the Merit Badge Counselor. The Scout will give the completed merit badge card to the Advancement Coordinator for entry into the troop’s records.
Summer Camp & Merit Badge Fair - Instead of merit badge cards, the Scoutmaster typically receives a report showing completed and partially completed merit badges. The Scoutmaster will give the merit badge report to the Advancement Coordinator for entry into the troop’s records.
Partial Merit Badges - A Merit Badge Counselor must approve completion of requirements on a partial merit badge (doesn't have to be the original counselor). When all requirements are completed, a merit badge card will be filled out by the Merit Badge Counselor. Requirements completed at a summer camp or merit badge fair should be identified as such on the merit badge card. The Scout will give the completed merit badge card to the Advancement Coordinator for entry into the troop’s records.
Time Requirement - Contrary to popular belief, a merit badge does not have to be completed within a year of its starting date. The ultimate deadline is the Scout’s 18th birthday. However, as a practical matter, the Scout should finish a merit badge as soon as possible because the original counselor may leave the troop before the Scout does.
Troop 975 Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator: Kelly Kane
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