Once It Is Earned, It’s Earned​

Once a registered and approved counselor has passed a Scout on requirements for a merit badge, it cannot be taken away. Nor does unit leadership have the authority to retract approval, or take the badge away. Even if a merit badge counselor were found to be improperly documented, it would be a rare occasion when a Scout would be penalized for the mistake of an adult volunteer. Unsuitable counselors or those who do not follow BSA procedures should be reported to the Westchester/Putnam Council.