A Guide

While we are all working from home, the following will help you work on merit badges, and use Teams to have online meetings with your scoutmasters, counselors, and other adult leaders.



Pick a subject

Scan the list of merit badges here.   And, go to this article, “Scouting at Home“, to look at some recommended badges for working from home.



Talk to your Scoutmaster

Before beginning work on a merit badge, you must arrange a conversation with your Scoutmaster (Mr. Flowers), or an Assistant Scoutmaster (Mr. Ghioto, Mr. Krueger, Mr. Donner) , to talk about the merit badge you wish to take.   You will discuss the badge and why you want to take it.  The Scoutmaster will make suggestions to help you succeed and to learn as much as you can from the merit badge process.  You and the Scoutmaster will also agree as to who will serve as the merit badge counselor.  As a general rule, you will only be able to work on 2 merit badges at a time.  As you finish one, you may be approved to work on another.



Blue Cards

Ordinarily, at the end of your scoutmaster meeting, your Scoutmaster will give you a blue card that he/she signs that you will present to your merit badge counselor to mark your progress.  However, in order to practice safe scouting and prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Scoutmaster will email to you and your merit badge counselor a note indicating you are ready to begin work on the merit badge.  Your counselor will mark your progress electronically using Scoutbook.  If the counselor cannot access Troop 1011 scoutbook records, the counselor may email the completed requirements list to Ms. Charity Muldoon and she will enter your accomplishments into scoutbook.



Get your workbook and guides

Once you have approval from your scout master, you should download the requirements book and the  workbook for your merit badge.  Requirement books are found here (downloadable pdfs).  Workbooks are found at https://boyscouttrail.com/boy-scouts/merit-badges.asp.    Another resource for workbooks is http://usscouts.org/meritbadges.asp.
The workbook is your record of your merit badge work.  Very important that you fill out this workbook to show your counselor and your scoutmaster.



Scout Buddy System (2 Deep Leadership)

Remember, there must be two adults present anytime you are conversing with an adult leader.  That person can be your parent or guardian who is in the room while you are talking with the counselor or scoutmaster using the online tool.



Call your merit badge counselor

You can use the phone (remember to have it on speaker so your parent can hear), or you can arrange to use Teams to do a face-to-face on line.  Your counselor will guide you thru the workplan.  The following is taken from the Scouting.org page on merit badges:

The counselor may ask to meet you to explain what is expected and to start helping you meet the requirements. You should also discuss work you have already started or possibly completed.

At the first meeting, you and your merit badge counselor will review and may start working on the requirements. In some cases, you may share the work you have already started or completed.

Unless otherwise specified, work on a requirement can be started at any time. Ask your counselor to help you learn the things you need to know or do. You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject. Many troops, schools, and public libraries have them.

Show Your Stuff. When you are ready, call the counselor again to make an appointment. When you go, take along the things you have made to meet the requirements. If they are too big to move, take pictures or have an adult tell in writing what you have done. The counselor will test you on each requirement to make sure you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required.



Email Troop 1011 Record Keeper and Scoumaster when you are done

Your merit badge counselor will send an email to the troop to update scoutbook.  But, you should send an email as well.  If you can send a scanned copy of your work book, that would be great.



Pick up your Merit Badge

We will give you your merit badge at the next court of honor!



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