Merit Badge resources include the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors, Introduction, & FAQ.
The Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements include the maps, checklists and other materials you need.
Other resources include the online Merit Badge Application and Most Popular Merit Badges
Certain requirements need prior approval but most do not.
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Print on both sides of regular or blue paper or card stock and trim off the edges. This will print three blank forms per page. The back should line up with the front side. Ask your council what merit badge applications they will accept.
Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts may work on merit badges from the time they join a Scout troop until they turn 18 years old. See Merit Badge for more details.
- The Merit Badge Application #34124 is known as a "blue card" due to its distinctive color.
- Though it has not been clearly stated in the past, units, districts, and local councils do not have the authority to implement a different system for merit badge approval and documentation. In any case, through the years, many councils have created new forms and approaches to the process, some including IT components. In an effort to gather and consider these potential best practices, councils are now asked to submit descriptions and copies of their blue card alternatives to the national Advancement Team.
- For very large events—such as the national Scout jamboree—the National Council may approve an alternative format and sizing for the blue card. This is done through the national Advancement Team.
- Merit Badge Blue Cards are sold online at Scoutstuff.org or at your local Scout Shop.
- There is an Online Merit Badge Application that you can fill out and print from your PC.
- For helping filling out a blue card see the Sample Merit Badge Application.
- For an Excel spreadsheet that can be used to directly print information on the #34124 "blue card" see the Blue Card print spreadsheet.
Key Merit Badge Rules
- "Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. You don't need to have had rank advancement to be eligible."
- "Scoutmaster will give you the name of a person from a list of counselors."
- "You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor." (youth protection buddy system - scout, friend or relative)
- "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."
- Note that some Merit Badges Require Prior Approval for certain requirements. The rest do not: " Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time...You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated—no more and no less." - Boy Scout Requirements p. 22 - 23.
- The use of Merit Badge Worksheets cannot be added as a requirement by a counselor.
- See the Merit Badge FAQ for answers to many common questions.
|— Boy Scout Requirements, p. 22-23: Online Printed
General Merit Badge information