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Almost half of the Boy Scout [[Merit Badges]] require prior counselor 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." - [[Bookshelf#Bylaws and Rules|Boy Scout Requirements]] p. 22 - 23.
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{{Shortcut|[[Prior Approval]]}}Almost half of the Boy Scout [[Merit Badges]] require prior counselor 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 [http://scouting.org/BoyScouts/GuideforMeritBadgeCounselors.aspx Merit Badge Counselor Guide] gives this instruction: ''"At the first meeting, the Scout and his merit badge counselor review and start working on the requirements. In some cases, the Scout may share with the merit badge counselor the work he has started or accomplished."
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{{quote-source|'''Unless otherwise specified, work for a requirement can be started at any time'''.|[[Merit_Badge_Policies#Introduction|Merit Badge Policies]] pp.22-23}}
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Architecture]]<br>#3
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Athletics]]<br>#6b
| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Backpacking]]<br>#11b
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Citizenship in the Community]]<br>#4b, 5, 7c
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Communication]]<br>#5, 6, 7b
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| height="32" style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Emergency Preparedness]]<br>#8b, 9a
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| height="32" style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Crime Prevention]]<br>#7b
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Disabilities Awareness]]<br>#5a
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Emergency Preparedness]]<br>#8b, 9a
| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Engineering]]<br>#1
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| height="32" style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Geocaching]]<br>#7, 8c
| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Geology]]<br>#4a, 5c
| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Geology]]<br>#4a, 5c
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Pottery]]<br>#7
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Scholarship]]<br>#4b
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[[Category: Merit Badges]]
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==See also==
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{{Merit Badge See Also}}
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[[Category:Advancement]] [[Category:Merit Badge-related]] [[Category:Merit Badge counseling]]
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Shortcut:
Prior Approval
Almost half of the Boy Scout Merit Badges require prior counselor 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.
Unless otherwise specified, work for a requirement can be started at any time.
Merit Badge Policies pp.22-23


Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval for Certain Requirements
American Heritage
#2b, 2c, 2d, 5a, 5
American Labor
#2, 5c, 5d
Architecture
#3
Art
#2a, 2b, 4
Astronomy
#9
Athletics
#6b
Backpacking
#11b
Cinematography
#3a
Citizenship in the Community
#4b, 5, 7c
Citizenship in the Nation
#6
Communication
#5, 6, 7b
Computers
#6e, #7c, 7d
Crime Prevention
#7b
Disabilities Awareness
#5a
Emergency Preparedness
#8b, 9a
Engineering
#1
Environmental Science
#3e3
Family Life
#4, 6a
First Aid
#6c
Forestry
#5
Geocaching
#7, 8c
Geology
#4a, 5c
Golf
#8
Graphic Arts
#4a
Home Repairs
#2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Indian Lore
#2b
Journalism
#3b, 3c
Mammal Study
#5
Medicine
#10
Metalwork
#5b, 3c3a
Model Design and Building
#1, 3, 4a, 4c
Oceanography
#8a, 8c
Painting
#3
Personal Fitness
#7
Pets
#1
Photography
#4a, 4b
Pioneering
#10
Pottery
#7
Public Health
#5, 7
Pulp and Paper
#7
Radio
#7
Safety
#2a
Salesmanship
#3
Scholarship
#4b
Scuba Diving
#2
Sculpture
#2c
Small-Boat Sailing
#6c
Soil and Water Conservation
#7f
Sports
#5
Surveying
#2
Welding
#6
Weather
#9a, 9b
Woodwork
#6d
     


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