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<center><big>Merit Badge resources include the [[Guide for Merit Badge Counselors]], [[Merit_Badges#Introduction|Introduction]], & [[Merit Badge FAQ|FAQ]].<br>The [[Merit Badge Worksheets|Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements]] include the maps, checklists and other materials you need.<br>Other resources include the online [[Merit Badge Application]] and [[Merit Badges Earned|Most Popular Merit Badges]]<br>[[Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval|Certain requirements need prior approval]] but most do not.<br><br></big></center>
<center><big>Merit Badge resources include the [[Guide for Merit Badge Counselors]], [[Merit_Badges#Introduction|Introduction]], & [[Merit Badge FAQ|FAQ]].<br>The [[Merit Badge Worksheets|Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements]] include the maps, checklists and other materials you need.<br>Other resources include the online [[Merit Badge Application]] and [[Merit Badges Earned|Most Popular Merit Badges]]<br>[[Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval|Certain requirements need prior approval]] but most do not.<br><br></big></center>
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{{Printer-friendly|''[http://usscouts.org/advance/docs/34124.pdf Click here for the online Merit Badge Application]<br>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.|auto|10%}}
{{Printer-friendly|''[http://usscouts.org/advance/docs/34124.pdf Click here for the online Merit Badge Application]<br>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.|auto|10%}}
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[[Boy 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.
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[[Boy Scouts]] and qualified [[Venturers]] or [[Sea Scouts]] may may earn any of these at any time. There is no time limit for starting and completing a merit badge, but all work must be completed by the time a Scout turns 18. See [[Merit Badge]] for more details.
* The [[Merit Badge application|Merit Badge Application]] #34124 is known as a "blue card" due to its distinctive color.
* The [[Merit Badge application|Merit Badge Application]] #34124 is known as a "blue card" due to its distinctive color.
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* 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.
* 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.
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* Merit Badge Blue Cards are [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/SearchPage.aspx?page=LIST&free_text=34124* sold online at Scoutstuff.org] or at your [http://www.scoutstuff.org/BSASupply/storeloc.aspx local Scout Shop].
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* Merit Badge Blue Cards are sold online at the Scout Shop: [https://www.scoutshop.org/card-mb-application-25pk-618953.html 25-pack (618953)]; [https://www.scoutshop.org/merit-badge-application-card-100-pack-34124.html 100-pack (34124)]; [https://www.scoutshop.org/scoutbook-app-merit-badge-card-3-sheet-635745.html Scoutbook App Merit Badge Card-3-Sheet (635745)] or at your [https://www.scoutshop.org/storelocator local Scout Shop].
* There is an [http://usscouts.org/advance/docs/34124.pdf Online Merit Badge Application] that you can fill out and print from your PC.
* There is an [http://usscouts.org/advance/docs/34124.pdf Online Merit Badge Application] that you can fill out and print from your PC.
* For helping filling out a blue card see the [http://www.usscouts.org/usscouts/advance/docs/Merit-Badge-Application-Sample.pdf Sample Merit Badge Application].
* For helping filling out a blue card see the [http://www.usscouts.org/usscouts/advance/docs/Merit-Badge-Application-Sample.pdf Sample Merit Badge Application].
* For an Excel spreadsheet that can be used to directly print information on the #34124 "blue card" see the [http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Image:Blue_Card_Printing_-_example_Nuclear_Science_MB.xls Blue Card print spreadsheet].
* For an Excel spreadsheet that can be used to directly print information on the #34124 "blue card" see the [http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Image:Blue_Card_Printing_-_example_Nuclear_Science_MB.xls Blue Card print spreadsheet].
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{{Quote-GTA|<big>Though it may not have 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 Pilots and Program Development Department.</big>|44}}
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== Key Merit Badge Rules ==
== Key Merit Badge Rules ==
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* ''"Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. You don't need to have had rank advancement to be eligible."
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* ''"Any Boy Scout or any qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may earn any of these at any time."
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* ''"Scoutmaster will give you the name of a person from a list of counselors."
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* ''"Your leader will give you the name of a person from a list of counselors."
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* ''"You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor." (youth protection buddy system - scout, friend or relative)
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* ''"You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor." ([[youth protection]] [[buddy system]] - scout, friend or relative)
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* ''"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."
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* ''"You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated—no more and no less. You must do exactly what is stated in the requirements."|[[Boy Scout Requirements]] p. 27 - 28.}}
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* Note that some [[Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval|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.
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* The use of [[Merit Badge Worksheets]] cannot be added as a requirement by a counselor.
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:* Note that some [[Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval|Merit Badges Require Prior Approval‎]] for certain requirements.
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* See the [[Merit Badge FAQ]] for answers to many common questions.
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:* The use of [[Merit Badge Worksheets]] cannot be added as a requirement by a counselor.
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|[[Boy Scout Requirements]], p. 22-23: [http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards.aspx Online] &nbsp; [http://www.scouting.org/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards.aspx Printed]}}
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:* See the [[Merit Badge FAQ]] for answers to many common questions.
==See also==
==See also==
{{Merit Badge See Also}}
{{Merit Badge See Also}}
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== External links ==
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* [https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/advancement-and-awards/merit-badges/ Merit Badges - Boy Scouts of America] &mdash; Scouting.org
[[Category:Merit Badge counseling]]
[[Category:Merit Badge counseling]]

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Shortcut:
Blue Card
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.


Click here for the online Merit Badge Application
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 qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts may may earn any of these at any time. There is no time limit for starting and completing a merit badge, but all work must be completed by the time a Scout turns 18. See Merit Badge for more details.

Though it may not have 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 Pilots and Program Development Department.BSA Guide To Advancement (HTML, PDF), page 44.


Key Merit Badge Rules

  • "Any Boy Scout or any qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may earn any of these at any time."
  • "Your leader 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 must do exactly what is stated in the requirements."
Boy Scout Requirements p. 27 - 28.

See also

Boy Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information


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