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Merit Badges

Merit badges are awards presented to a Scout when he completes the requirements for a specific area of study such as environmental science or camping. There are more than 100 merit badges a Scout may earn. The subject matters range from career introduction to personal development, hobbies, sports, high adventure, citizenship, and life skills development. Every merit badge is designed to teach the Scout new skills while outwardly encouraging him to challenge himself and have fun in the process. Merit badges offer a range of difficulty over a breadth of subject matters, and a Scout is free to pursue any merit badge he wishes. The merit badge itself is a simple embroidered patch, but the end result of earning it is that the Scout gains self-confidence from overcoming obstacles to achieve a goal. Find out about the Merit Badge program here.

Merit Badge Counselors

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the Boy Scout advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a young man's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.

Become a Counselor

There is no fee to become a Merit Badge Counselor, however you must annually submit an Adult Boy Scout Membership Application here, along with a Merit Badge Counselor Application here to Pam Frisbee at

Find a Counselor

For a list of Current Merit Badge Counselors, please email Pam Frisbee at