The Merit Badge Counselor Program

Overview

The merit badge program is part of the Advancement program of the Boy Scouts of America. A merit badge is an award that is presented to a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout when he has completed the requirements for one of more than 130 subjects in a wide range of art, craft, hobby, sport, trade, profession, service or self-improvement areas.

There is more to merit badges than simply providing opportunities to learn skills. There is more to them than an introduction to lifetime hobbies, or the inspiration to pursue a career—though these invaluable results occur regularly. The uncomplicated process—beginning in a discussion with a Scoutmaster, continuing through meetings with a counselor, and culminating in advancement and recognition—provides several learning experiences. It gives a Scout the confidence achieved through overcoming obstacles. Social skills improve. Self-reliance develops. Examples are set and followed. And fields of study and interest are explored beyond the limits of the school classroom.

Scout leaders and interested parents are encouraged to provide Council with any concerns regarding merit badge counseling by completing the Reporting Merit Badge Counseling Concerns form and submitting it the the Council Merit Badge Dean or the Council Advancement Committee.