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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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{{Shortcut|[[Prior Approval]]}}Almost half of the Boy Scout [[Merit Badges]] require prior counselor approval for certain requirements. The rest do not.
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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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{{quote-source|... any Boy Scout or any qualified Venturer or Sea Scout<ref group="Note">"Merit badges, badges of rank, and Eagle Palms may
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be earned by a registered Boy Scout or a qualified Venturer or Sea Scout. He may earn these awards until his 18th birthday." ''[[Boy Scout Requirements]]'' &sect; Age Requirement Eligibility</ref> may earn any of these at any time... 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]]'' &sect; Introduction to Merit Badges}}
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{{quote-source|'''Unless otherwise specified, work on a requirement can be started at any time.'''|''[[Boy Scout Requirements]]'' &sect; Introduction to Merit Badges}}
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==See also==
==See also==
{{Merit Badge See Also}}
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Revision as of 20:49, September 17, 2018

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 or any qualified Venturer or Sea Scout[Note 1] may earn any of these at any time... 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 § Introduction to Merit Badges
Unless otherwise specified, work on a requirement can be started at any time.
Boy Scout Requirements § Introduction to Merit Badges
Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval for Certain Requirements
American Heritage
#2b, 2c, 2d, 5a, 5b
American Labor
#2, 5c, 5d
Animation
#3
Archaeology
#8b
Architecture
#3a, 3b
Art
#2a, 2b, 4
Art
#5a, 5c, 6
Astronomy
#8
Athletics
#6b
Backpacking
#11b
Citizenship in the Community
#4b, 5, 7c
Citizenship in the Nation
#6
Communication
#5, 6
Composite Materials
#4, 5a, 5b.
Crime Prevention
#7b
Cycling
#7Bc
Digital Technology
#6d, 6g, 6h
Disabilities Awareness
#5a
Electricity
#2
Emergency Preparedness
#2b, 9a
Engineering
#1
Environmental Science
#3e3, 3g2
Family Life
#4
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
Inventing
#7
Journalism
#3b, 3c
Mammal Study
#5
Medicine
#10
Metalwork
#5b, 3c3a
Model Design and Building
#1, 3, 4a, 4c
Moviemaking
#3a
Oceanography
#8a, 8c
Painting
#3
Personal Fitness
#7
Pets
#1
Photography
#7b
Pioneering
#10
Pottery
#7
Public Health
#5, 7
Pulp and Paper
#7
Radio
#7
Safety
#2a
Salesmanship
#3
Scholarship
#4b
Scuba Diving
#1b
Sculpture
#2c
Small-Boat Sailing
#6c
Soil and Water Conservation
#7f
Sports
#5
Surveying
#2
Weather
#10
Welding
#5
Whitewater
#5a, 9a
Woodwork
#6c
   

Footnotes

  1. "Merit badges, badges of rank, and Eagle Palms may be earned by a registered Boy Scout or a qualified Venturer or Sea Scout. He may earn these awards until his 18th birthday." Boy Scout Requirements § Age Requirement Eligibility


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