ALL Rank Requirements are listed in the Boy Scout Handbook
Skills can be learned and signed off for any rank at any time , but only after all the requirements of a rank have been signed can the Scout move onto the next rank.
Unlike Cub Scouts, rank requirements and merit badges must be completed and signed off by approved Boy Scout leaders. Parents are not allowed to sign off their own son’s requirements for Rank or Merit Badges unless they are completed in a group setting with other Boy Scouts and are approved by the Troop to do so.
It is HIGHLY recommended Scouts carry their Boy Scout Handbook with them AT ALL TIMES . Including campouts – put it in a plastic bag to protect it.
It’s difficult to get requirements signed off if you don’t have your book.
A new 12th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook (34622) was issued in the summer of 2009.
The new requirements for each rank did not officially take effect until January 1, 2010.
Scouts working toward ranks in 2009 may use the new requirements, or may continue to use the old requirements, at their option.
If a Scout has started work toward a rank before January 1, 2010, using requirements that were current before January 1, 2010, he may complete that rank only using the old requirements. Any progress toward a rank that is begun after January 1, 2010, must use the requirements as they are presented in the Boy Scout Handbook (34622) or in the 2010 Boy Scout Requirements book (33216).
Scouts starting work on any of ranks after January 1, 2010, must use the new requirements.
A Scout must teach another person how to tie a square knot using the EDGE model (explain, demonstrate, guide, and enable). He must also be able to discuss four specific examples of how he lived the points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
A Scout must discuss the principles of Leave No Trace and explain the factors to consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.
He must explain what respect is due the flag of the United States.
He must discuss four examples of how he lived four different points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
He must earn an amount of money agreed upon by the Scout and his parents and save at least 50 percent of it.
An additional requirement to the 10 separate troop/patrol activities states he must demonstrate the principles of Leave No Trace on these outings.
He must discuss examples of how he lived the remaining four points of the Scout Law in his daily life.
A Scout must use the EDGE model to teach a younger Scout a specified skill.
The Board of Review is designed to evaluate the experience the Scout is having in the Troop and to encourage the Scout to continue to progress in his Scout career.
A Board of Review can be held for Advancement purposes or at the request of the Scout at any time.
Any Board of Review consists of a minimum of three Committee Members.
What can a Scout expect at a Rank Advancement Board of Review?
An informal interview process where the board members get to know more about the Scout personally and his experience within the Troop. The Scout has an opportunity give feedback, ask questions, make suggestions and interact with adults.
What does a Scout need to bring to a Rank Advancement Board of Review?
A Scout must bring his Boy Scout Handbook to the Board of Review.
After having participated in a Rank Advancement Board of Review and having his Boy Scout book signed by the BOR Committee, it is the Scout’s responsibility to follow up with the Scoutmaster and the Advancement Coordinator to ensure that they have been notified of the rank advancement.
The following is a list of all of the 122 Merit Badges, arranged into 14 logical fields of activity (categories) as they appear in the BSA Pamphlet "Worksheet for Building a Merit Badge Counselor List" (No. 04439)
ARTS AND CRAFTS ART , BASKETRY , BUGLING , LEATHERWORK , METALWORK , MUSIC , POTTERY , SCULPTURE , THEATER , WOOD CARVING
BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY AMERICAN BUSINESS , ENTREPRENEURSHIP , PULP AND PAPER , SALESMANSHIP , TEXTILE
CONSERVATION ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE , FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT , FORESTRY , SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION
HOBBIES BACKPACKING , CAMPING , COIN COLLECTING , COLLECTIONS , COOKING , DOG CARE , GARDENING , HIKING , HOME REPAIRS , INDIAN LORE , MODEL DESIGN AND BUILDING , PETS , PIONEERING , RADIO , ROWING , STAMP COLLECTING
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT AMERICAN CULTURES , AMERICAN HERITAGE , CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY , CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION , CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD , COMMUNICATIONS , DISABILITIES AWARENESS , FAMILY LIFE , GENEALOGY , PERSONAL FITNESS , PERSONAL MANAGEMENT , PUBLIC SPEAKING , READING , SCHOLARSHIP , TRAFFIC SAFETY , WILDERNESS SURVIVAL
PHYSICAL SCIENCE CHEMISTRY , COMPUTERS , ELECTRICITY , ELECTRONICS , ENERGY , NUCLEAR SCIENCE (formerly Atomic Energy) , SPACE EXPLORATION
PROFESSIONS ARCHITECTURE , DENTISTRY , ENGINEERING , LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE , LAW , MEDICINE , SURVEYING , VETERINARY MEDICINE
PUBLIC SERVICE CRIME PREVENTION , EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS , FINGERPRINTING , FIRE SAFETY , FIRST AID , LIFESAVING , PUBLIC HEALTH , SAFETY SPORTS ARCHERY , ATHLETICS , CANOEING , CLIMBING , CYCLING , FISHING , FLY FISHING, GOLF , HORSEMANSHIP , MOTORBOATING , ORIENTEERING , RIFLE SHOOTING , SCUBA DIVING , SHOTGUN SHOOTING , SKATING , SMALL-BOAT SAILING , SNOW SPORTS , SPORTS , SWIMMING , WATER SPORTS , WHITEWATER
TRADES AMERICAN LABOR , AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE , COMPOSITE MATERIALS , DRAFTING , GRAPHIC ARTS , PAINTING , PLUMBING , WOODWORK
Scout contacts Merit Badge Counselor directly and makes arrangements to meet with them and completes the Merit Badge requirements.
Merit Badge requirements vary from badge to badge.
One important thing to remember is if the requirement is to “Get your Counselor’s approval” – you must get your Counselor’s approval BEFORE working or completing the requirement. Approval may be as simple as an email explaining your plan to complete the requirement and the Counselor saying, “Okay”. However, if you do the activity BEFORE you contact your Counselor AND receive their approval, you have NOT completed the requirement.
A Counselor cannot add, delete or change any of the requirements of the Merit Badge.
If you have any questions about your plans to complete a requirement, the Merit Badge Counselor is your resource.
A Scout MUST ALWAYS meet with a Merit Badge Counselor with A BUDDY.
A buddy can be another Scout, your parent or guardian, your brother or sister or another relative or friend.
Scout obtains Merit Badge Counselor’s signature on the Blue Card and after all the requirements are completed. The Blue Card is designed as a 3-part form: there is a section that is turned into the Advancement Coordinator, a section kept by the Scout and there is a section that can be kept by the Counselor.
Scout notifies Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator he has successfully completed the badge.
Merit Badge requirements completed at Merit Badge University and/or Scout Camps (summer and winter) are usually reported to the Troop via a Troop report. A copy of this report must be forwarded to the TroopMaster Coordinator for proper record keeping.
Merit Badges completed at MBU or a Scout Camp do not require any further documentation besides the camp report.
Partial Merit Badges from MBU or a Scout Camp should be recorded on individual Blue Cards and provided to the Scouts for their recordkeeping by the event’s coordinator.
It is the Scout’s responsibility to maintain his records (Blue Card) of completed merit badge requirements until he has completed all the requirements.
It is in the Scout’s interest to follow up with the Merit Badge Conselor and TroopMaster Coordinator to ensure partial requirements have been recorded in TroopMaster.
There is no time limit to completing a merit badge – except your 18 th birthday.
Make a plan to meet your goals.
What happens if a Merit Badge Requirements Change?
Merit Badge Updates
Occasionally a merit badge’s requirements will be updated before a Scout completes the badge. It is the Scout’s choice to complete the badge using the requirements effective at the time he started the badge or to complete the badge using the new requirements. However, a Scout must choose between the “old” badge or the “updated” badge and not do some from the previous requirements and some requirements from the updated list.
ALL SCOUTS should be sure to take their book to all BSA events so that any requirement completed can be signed off in their book right then and there.
ALL SCOUTS should take precautions to protect the information in their Scout books by making copies and keeping them in a separate and safe place.
ALL SCOUTS should keep track of and possibly copies of their Merit Badge blue card records.
ALL SCOUTS should be keeping their Progress Record cards – which are official proof of completion of rank advancement and/or merit badges – in a safe place (not your pocket) and HIGHLY encouraged to make copies of the Progress Record cards and keep the copies in a second safe place.
It is HIGHLY recommended that a copy is made of the Scout book after any requirements are signed off. You’ll never be sorry you have a copy but you may regret not making a copy if that page falls out and there is no other record.