Pick a Subject. Talk to your
Scoutmaster about your interests. Read the requirements of the merit badges
you think might interest you. Pick one to earn. Your Scoutmaster will give you
the name of a person from a list of
Merit Badge Counselors or assist you in providing a local Merit Badge Counselor
List. These counselors have special knowledge in their
merit badge subjects and are interested in helping you.
Buddy System. You must have another person with you at each meeting
with the merit badge counselor. This person can be another Scout, your
parents or guardian, a brother or sister, a relative, or a friend.
Call the Counselor. Get a signed
Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster. Get in touch with the merit
badge counselor and tell him or her that you want to earn the merit badge. The
counselor may ask you to come and see him so he can explain what he expects and
start helping you meet the requirements.
When you know what is expected, start to learn and do the
things required. Ask your counselor to help you learn the things you need to
know or do. You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject. Check with
the Troop 042 Librarian to obtain a current Merit Badge Pamphlet.
Show Your Stuff. When you are ready, call the counselor again to make
an appointment to meet the requirements. When you go take along the things you
have made to meet the requirements. If they are too big to move, take pictures
or have an adult tell in writing what you have done. The counselor will ask you
to do each requirement to make sure that you know your stuff and have done or
can do the things required.
Get the Badge. When the counselor is satisfied that you have met each
requirement, he or she will sign your application. Give the signed application
to your Scoutmaster so that your merit badge emblem can be secured for you.
Requirements. 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," and "collect," "identify," and "label."