Click the envelope to email the Scoutmaster and request a blue card.
Information for this page is from the following website:
The Troop is always looking for qualified
adult Merit Badge Counselors. Their is no cost to
the volunteer and it will add to your Scouting
Some training is required, but take the opportunity to
share a hobby, occupation, or passion with a Scout.
Webmaster if you are interested in becoming
More Information can be found on the
National BSA website.
If you would like to be a counselor,
follow the steps below:
1. Review the steps to becoming a counselor
2. Fill out an adult application
3. Complete the Merit Badge Counselor Form for the badges you are
4. Return the completed forms
to Minsi Trails Council, Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator, Scoutmaster,
or Committee Chair.
Interested in learning about new merit badges that BSA will be introducing? Check out Bryan Wendell's, Editor of Scouting magazine, Blog for Adult Leaders
New Merit Badges
After Jamboree 2013
Signs, Signals, and Codes
Computer Aided Design
The Troop 44 Merit Badge Process
To see a current list of the Merit
Badge Book in the
Troop 44 Library see our
catalog. Troop affiliated counselors are
listed on the Troops
Merit Badge Counselor page.
You can learn about sports, crafts,
science, trades, business, and future careers as you
earn merit badges. There are more than 100 merit badges.
Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. You
don't need to have had rank advancement to be eligible.
Pick a Subject. Talk to your Scoutmaster or Assistant
Scoutmaster about your interests. Read the requirements
of the merit badges you think might interest you. Pick
one to earn. Your Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster
will give you a signed merit badge application, commonly
called a Blue Card, and the name of a person from a list
of counselors. These counselors have special knowledge
in their merit badge subjects and are interested in
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 or other relative, or a
Counselor. 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 to meet you to explain what is expected of you and
to start helping you meet the requirements. You should
also discuss work that you have already started or
The complete list of counselors for
the Troop is available from your Scoutmaster or
otherwise specified, work for a requirement can be
started at any time.
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. Many troops and school or public
libraries have them or they can viewed online at the
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 your BLUE CARD Signed
– this is your official record of completing the merit
badge. One Third of the Card you keep for your records,
One Third of the Card you give to your Troops
Advancement Coordinator on the Committee, and One Third
of the card your counselor keeps – NOTE: IF YOU DO
NOT HAVE A SIGNED BLUE CARD YOU HAVE NOT EARNED THE
MERITBADGE. WORKSHEETS SIGNED BY COUNSELORS IN PLACE OF
A BLUE CARD DO NOT REPLACE THE BLUE CARD AND WILL NOT BE
Get the Badge. When the counselor is satisfied that you have met
each requirement, he or she will sign your blue card.
Give the blue card to your Scoutmaster or Assistant
Scoutmaster or Advancement Coordinator so that your
merit badge emblem can be secured for you. Please send
an email to the Scoutmaster and the Advancement
Coordinator, letting them know who you gave the blue
card to and to serve as a reminder. Your merit
badge will be award to the scout at the next Court of
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."
The requirements listed in this publication are the
official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America.
However, the requirements on the following pages might
not match those in the Boy Scout Handbook and
the merit badge pamphlets, because this publication is
updated only on an annual basis.
If a Scout has already started working on a merit badge
when a new edition of the pamphlet is introduced, he should continue to use the
same merit badge pamphlet and fulfill the requirements
therein to earn the badge.
He need not start all over again with the new pamphlet
and possibly revised requirements.
Click on name for a link to www.meritbadge.org
to see detailed requirements for that Merit Badge.
List of Merit Badges by Field of Study
ARTS AND CRAFTS
MUSIC, POTTERY, SCULPTURE,
THEATER, WOOD CARVING
BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
PULP AND PAPER,
FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT,
SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION
CAMPING, CHESS, COIN COLLECTING,
COOKING, DOG CARE,
HIKING, HOME REPAIRS,
MODEL DESIGN AND BUILDING,
RADIO, ROWING, SCOUTING HERITAGE,
GEOLOGY, INSECT STUDY,
REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN STUDY,
CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY,
CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION,
CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD,
SEARCH AND RESCUE,
ENERGY, NUCLEAR SCIENCE,
CYCLING, FISHING, FLY FISHING, GOLF, GEOCACHING,
SKATING, SMALL-BOAT SAILING,
Worksheets for Merit Badges are also available from
The link below will take you to the specific merit badge
requirements and worksheets that are similar to the US
Scouting Project links above.