The Merit Badge program is one of Scouting’s basic character-developing tools. Earning Merit Badges gives boys the kind of self-confidence that comes only with overcoming difficult obstacles to achieve a goal. Merit Badges are required for Star, Life, and Eagle Ranks, but may be earned at anytime after joining the Troop. The Scout must do all the work (including the phone calls), not the parent!
Here are SEVEN simple steps to earning Merit Badges:
1) Pick a merit badge. A good first step is to review the requirements for a merit badge of interest in the Boy Scout Requirements book or view the requirements by clicking on the name of the Merit Badge from the list below. Get the pamphlet for the merit badge from the troop library or buy a copy at the Scout Shop. Make certain you have the most recent revision. Read through the pamphlet so you really understand the requirements and the level of effort necessary to complete them.
2) Talk about the merit badge with your Scoutmaster. You need to obtain three things from him: (a) approval to work on the merit badge; (b) the name of a counselor; (c) a merit badge form (blue card) signed by the Scoutmaster.
3) Contact the merit badge counselor. Contact them PRIOR to working on the Merit Badge. Explain that you would like to earn the merit badge. Follow the Scout Buddy System. You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor.
4) Contact the Advancement Chair. PRIOR to working on the Merit Badge present your blue card to the Advancement Chair for their records. Then periodically present your blue card to the Advancement Chair so that your progress can be tracked to completion and entered into Troop Master Web.
5) Complete the requirements. On your own or with a buddy, complete the requirements. Remember, this is your merit badge, not your buddy’s or your parent's. Go as far as you can on your own. You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated - no more and no less. You are expected to do exactly what is stated in the requirements. If it says, "show or demonstrate," that is what you must do. Just telling about it isn't enough. The same thing holds true for such words as "make", "list", "in the field", "collect", "identify", and "label".
6) Go to the counselor. When you are ready, you and your buddy or parent(s) make another appointment with your counselor. Your counselor will spend time with you going over the important points of the subject. A good counselor will also help you see beyond the specific requirements and discover ways to continue learning about the subject. If your counselor is satisfied that you have completed the requirements, he or she will sign your merit badge application form. If not, he or she will explain what you still must do.
7) Return to the Scoutmaster. Give the signed blue card to your Scoutmaster. Your merit badge will be presented to you at the next troop Court of Honor. On the blue card, Scouts must write neatly and include their name and full address. The Unit is Troop 70. The District is Bee Cave District and the Council is the Capitol Area Council (CAC). On the counselor’s portion, the applicant is the Scout.
To view your completed or partial merit badges please click the following link to Troop Master Web.
To facilitate naviagtion please note the following:
- Once the page loads type in your UserID provided by Troop 70
- Type in your Password (also provided by Troop 70)
- Click Scouts
- Highlight your name
- Click Merit Badges or Partial MB
- Highlight Merit Badge that you are working on
To find a current Merit Badge Counselor:
1. Go to Troop Master Web and log in
2. Click on Reports
3. Click on Merit Badge Counselors
4. Click on Counselor by Specific Badge
5. Click the Select All box above the merit badge Counselors name list
5. Select a badge and click OK
Merit Badge List
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