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== What if the account confirmation fails? ==
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Try logging into your account, clicking on the '''my preferences''' link, and resending the confirmation email. If you are not receiving confirmation emails, either you provided an incorrect email address or the emails sent out to you are being blocked by a spam prevention system. You'll need to check your spam system to find out.
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* '''Your ''Username'' on this wiki must match your ''Username'' on MeritBadge.Net -- NO EXCEPTIONS!'''
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== What do I do if the account confirmation process fails? ==
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* '''If you still cannot confirm your account by e-mail, or cannot otherwise login, or if your Usernames do not match, please contact [[Special:Emailuser/RWSmith|RWSmith]].'''
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There are many reasons the account confirmation process may fail. In almost all cases, this problem can be overcome by logging into your account, clicking on the '''my preferences''' link, and resending the confirmation email. If you are not receiving confirmation emails, either you provided an incorrect email address or the emails sent out to you are being blocked by a spam prevention system. You'll need to check your spam system to find out.
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==Where are all ranks, awards, badges, and electives?==
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From the [[Main Page]], you are no more than three clicks away from over 500 ranks, badges and awards,
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== Can I use all the great graphics I've found on MeritBadge.com, MeritBadge.net, and MeritBadge.org? ==
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== Can I post your files on another web site? ==
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No. Please link to the resources here instead of reposting them. The requirements and workbooks are constantly changing. See the [[MeritBadgeDotOrg:Copyright policy]].
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Yes and No -- Ranks, merit badges, awards and other Scouting materials are trademarked and copyrighted by their respective organizations. In general, these organizations allow their members to use these images for program purposes only, not for personal gain or commercial purposes. As long as you use the images in the cause of Scouting, you should be okay. See [[MeritBadgeDotOrg:Copyright policy]] for further details. For your convenience, all of the rank and merit badge images are available at http://www.meritbadge.com/files/
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== Do you have DOC, PDF, and ZIP versions of the worksheets?==
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Yes. Choose either [[Merit Badge Worksheets]], [[Cub Scout Worksheets|Cub Scout Belt Loops]], or [[Webelos Activity Badge Worksheets]]. Then click on the links to download a single DOC or PDF file or a zip of all files. You can share these file but not post them on other sites. See the [[MeritBadgeDotOrg:Copyright policy]].
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== Why don't you zip up all the worksheets, graphics files, etc, and make it easy for us to download all of them at one time? ==
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== Can I add a link to my web site? ==
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Yes, if it meets the [[MeritBadgeDotOrg:Criteria for acceptable external links policy|Criteria for acceptable external links policy]]. In short, a link must be to a reputable site with content appropriate for youth. The link cannot be to an answer key or cheat sheet. Help us add resource links for every requirement.
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Server Space and Bandwidth -- Most of the costs of running MeritBadge Network are paid for by the [[User:Optimist|Optimist]]. In the past, some of those costs have been borne by our supporters. Because of this, we try to keep the server space and bandwidth use to a minimum. Collections (zip files) not only take up additional space, they tend to increase bandwidth use substantially. Unfortunately, many people tend to download entire collections instead of downloading just what they need causing bandwidth to increase substantially. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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== Can you help with Advancement related questions?==
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Yes. Here are dozens of topics taken directly from the [[Advancement Policies]] and [[Boy Scout Requirements]]:
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== Can I share files I download here with my friends who don't have internet access? ==
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== If new requirements are released, which requirements should I use? ==
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Certainly -- if you're not sure how, check out the page on [[Help:How To Squeeze BIG Files On To Itty-Bity Disks|How To Squeeze BIG Files On To Itty-Bity Disks]].
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== Can I copy the merit badge requirements, files, and other information, and put them on another web site? ==
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No, please don't -- The reason is simple. There are numerous web sites out there run by webmasters with good intentions who have already done this. However, the requirements change often and these other web sites are not taking the time to update their sites like I do. By linking directly to this site, you will save yourself the headaches of having to keep up with this responsibility. If you don't know how to set up links directly to a specific merit badge page, click here. Don't forget, information provided on this site is copyrighted.
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== Is it okay if I add a link to my web site? ==
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One of our main focuses is providing links to resources on the web which will help Scouts earn merit badges. Check out the [[MeritBadgeDotOrg:Criteria for acceptable external links policy|Criteria for acceptable external links policy]] to see if your web page fits the bill then add your link.
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=Questions about earning badges=
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== Where are the requirements? ==
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Links to all the requirements are available at the following locations: '''[[Ranks]]''' -- '''[[Merit Badges]]''' -- '''[[Awards]]'''
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== I'm going to summer camp this year. Can you tell me what the prerequisites are for the merit badges I plan on taking or what I need to do to be prepared? ==
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No -- Each summer camp runs their program a little differently. Only they can fully explain what you need to do before you go. Most summer camps have a list of prerequisites for each merit badge they teach. In most cases, if you do these requirements in advance, you can complete the merit badge in full before you leave camp. Please contact the council office of the summer camp you plan on attending for more information.
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== When can I start earning merit badges? ==
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As soon as you join a Boy Scout troop. [[An Introduction to Merit Badges|Go here for more information.]] Also, [[The Unwritten Mandate|read this for thoughts on a related issue.]]
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== New requirements have been released. What is the effective date? Should I follow the new requirements or the old ones? ==
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The effective date of all new requirements is immediately upon release but that doesn't automatically mean you should use them. Please read the following carefully:
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'''No previous work started''' -- In all cases where you haven't already started working on a rank, merit badge, or award, you should definitely use the newest requirements.
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'''Work on requirements already started''' -- If you've already begun work on a rank, merit badge, or award, then you should use the old requirements unless the BSA specifically states otherwise. For instance, when the Eagle rank requirements were changed at the beginning of 1999, the BSA issued a set of rules regarding who should use the old requirements and who should use the new ones. The following is from a letter written in 1997 by John P. Dalrymple, Advancement/NESA Director of the Boy Scouts of America. It only specifically addresses merit badge requirements, however, it is a common sense way of handling changes in requirements.
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:''"If a Scout started on a merit badge and then the requirements change he should continue working on those requirements that he originally started on." [http://www.meritbadge.com/art/mb-memo.gif (click here for the full text)]''
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== Do you have the merit badge pamphlets available on-line? ==
== Do you have the merit badge pamphlets available on-line? ==
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No. They are protected by copyright law. Instead our goal is to provide resource links for every requirement of every award. See [[Citizenship in the Nation]] or [[Radio]] Merit Badges for examples. Here are tips for building [[Merit Badge Pamphlet Libraries]].
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No -- I don't provide these for some very important reasons... First, the amount of space needed and the bandwidth needed to handle this would be huge and would increase my costs considerably. Second, merit badge pamphlets are a fund raising aspect of the BSA's program. I would not want to take this away from them. [[Merit Badge Pamphlet Libraries|Click here for more information on ways to obtain merit badge pamphlets.]]
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== What are the latest merit badge pamphlet revision dates? ==
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The BSA publishes a list of the latest Merit Badge Pamphlet Revision Dates in the back of every new merit badge pamphlet or requirements book. We include this on the [[Merit Badge Worksheets]] page.
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The BSA publishes a list of the latest [[Merit Badge Pamphlet Revision Dates]] in the back of every new merit badge pamphlet or requirements book.
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== Is there anything I can do to help more Scouts earn merit badges? ==
== Is there anything I can do to help more Scouts earn merit badges? ==
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Yes. Become a Merit Badge Counselor in your [[local council]]. Also, please help us with our goal of providing resource links for every requirement of every award.
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Absolutely -- The simplest and easiest thing you can do is add a link to a web site which has information on a merit badge subject. If you have a special interest in a merit badge subject and you'd like to share it with others, you can set up a dedicated site. If you have a hobby or interest in a subject that isn't currently a merit badge, you can submit a new merit badge idea.
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== How do I find a merit badge counselor? Do you have a list of counselors for my area? ==
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Check with your [[local council]].
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The MeritBadge Network does not keep lists of counselors on this site. There are literally hundreds of thousands of lists out there and it would be impossible for one person to track them all. Depending on the operation of Scouting in your area, there should be up to three merit badge counselor lists available to you, one from your troop committee advancement chairman, one from the district advancement chairman, and one from your council Advancement Committee. A few advancement chairmen and/or councils do provide their lists over the internet. You need to contact your district leaders or visit your district or council web site for more information.
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That Depends -- Currently, there is no BSA policy strictly forbidding this practice but you and your counselor would be treading new territory. You both would have to follow the rules very closely. See [[Counseling Merit Badges Over Long Distances]] for more information.
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== Is there any time limit for the completion of merit badges? ==
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Yes, but it may not be what you think -- BSA policy states '''"There is no time limit for completion of merit badges other than age 18."''' They even use bold print in their Policies and Procedures pamphlet. See [[Merit Badge Policies]] for more information.
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== Can I earn the Badges of Honour? ==
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No (unless you have a time machine) -- This is an historical reference. The [[Badges of Honour]] were the original merit badges created by Baden Powell in the early 1900s.
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== Can you tell me how to put patches on the uniform and the merit badge sash? ==
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Yes -- MeritBadge.com has uniform inspection sheets available in our [http://www.meritbadge.com/files/ Files and Forms] section. However, if you have more specific questions, here's a good place to find more information. Michael "Blackeagle" Walton runs an excellent Scouting site called [http://www.mninter.net/~blkeagle/newindex.htm The Tree!] On his site you will find [http://www.mninter.net/~blkeagle/insignia.htm The Unofficial BSA Uniform and Insignia Online Guide]. It is the most comprehensive uniforming guide on the net.
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[[MeritBadge.Org about|MeritBadge.Org]] is {{NUMBEROFUSERS}} volunteers who work together to provide {{NUMBEROFPAGES}} pages of content. MeritBadge.Org is not affiliated with the [[BSA]] or [[WOSM]]. Any opinions expressed are those of the individual contributors.
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'''Please note:''' We are volunteers and all of the above answers are '''personal opinions'''. We try to make sure everything stated on this page complies with the policies of the Boy Scouts of America but this is not an official document.
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What if the account confirmation fails?

Try logging into your account, clicking on the my preferences link, and resending the confirmation email. If you are not receiving confirmation emails, either you provided an incorrect email address or the emails sent out to you are being blocked by a spam prevention system. You'll need to check your spam system to find out.

  • Your Username on this wiki must match your Username on MeritBadge.Net -- NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • If you still cannot confirm your account by e-mail, or cannot otherwise login, or if your Usernames do not match, please contact RWSmith.

Where are all ranks, awards, badges, and electives?

From the Main Page, you are no more than three clicks away from over 500 ranks, badges and awards,

Can I post your files on another web site?

No. Please link to the resources here instead of reposting them. The requirements and workbooks are constantly changing. See the MeritBadgeDotOrg:Copyright policy.

Do you have DOC, PDF, and ZIP versions of the worksheets?

Yes. Choose either Merit Badge Worksheets, Cub Scout Belt Loops, or Webelos Activity Badge Worksheets. Then click on the links to download a single DOC or PDF file or a zip of all files. You can share these file but not post them on other sites. See the MeritBadgeDotOrg:Copyright policy.

Can I add a link to my web site?

Yes, if it meets the Criteria for acceptable external links policy. In short, a link must be to a reputable site with content appropriate for youth. The link cannot be to an answer key or cheat sheet. Help us add resource links for every requirement.

Can you help with Advancement related questions?

Yes. Here are dozens of topics taken directly from the Advancement Policies and Boy Scout Requirements:

Advancement Policies
Advancement (Report) Boy Scouts (Resources) Service Projects
Rules and Regulations First Class-First Year Eagle Scout Project
 What is Scout Spirit?  Scoutmaster Conferences Lifesaving Awards
When is a Scout Active? Time Extensions Summer Camp
When is a Scout in Uniform? Boards of Review - Appeals Merit Badges, Events & FAQ
Scouts with Special Needs Advancement Campout  Cub Scouts  (Resources)
Religious Principle Courts of Honor Varsity (Resources)
Books & References  12 Steps From Life to Eagle  Venturing & Sea Scouts  
Click here for Many more Advancement Policies

If new requirements are released, which requirements should I use?

The requirements for rank advancement, Eagle Palms, and merit badges are effective January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009. The requirements listed in this book [Boy Scout Requirements] 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. These merit badge requirements also appear on the BSA's official Web site (http://www.scouting.org). The requirements posted on the Web site will coincide with this publication and will be updated at the same time, only on an annual basis.

If a Scout has already started working on a merit badge when a new edition for the pamphlet is introduced, he may 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.

Boy Scout Requirements #33216, inside front cover

Do you have the merit badge pamphlets available on-line?

No. They are protected by copyright law. Instead our goal is to provide resource links for every requirement of every award. See Citizenship in the Nation or Radio Merit Badges for examples. Here are tips for building Merit Badge Pamphlet Libraries.

What are the latest merit badge pamphlet revision dates?

The BSA publishes a list of the latest Merit Badge Pamphlet Revision Dates in the back of every new merit badge pamphlet or requirements book. We include this on the Merit Badge Worksheets page.

Is there anything I can do to help more Scouts earn merit badges?

Yes. Become a Merit Badge Counselor in your local council. Also, please help us with our goal of providing resource links for every requirement of every award.

How do I find a merit badge counselor? Do you have a list of counselors for my area?

Check with your local council.

Can you tell me how to put patches on the uniform and the merit badge sash?

See: Uniform


What is MeritBadge.Org?

MeritBadge.Org is 14,991 volunteers who work together to provide 8,531 pages of content. MeritBadge.Org is not affiliated with the BSA or WOSM. Any opinions expressed are those of the individual contributors.

If you have further questions, stop by our forums on MeritBadge.net

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