Merit Badge Info Print

Vintage Merit Badge Sash

About Blue Cards:

Do you have Blue Card Confusion? Are you trying to figure out when you need a Blue Card to start a Merit Badge?  Well, that depends on how the MB Class is offered:

On Your Own:  You MUST obtain a Blue Card from the Advancement Chair or the Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator and have it signed by BOTH your MB Counselor and the Scout Master.

Taught within Troop 889:  You DO NOT need to obtain a Blue Card in this instance.

Taught at a BSA Camp:  You DO NOT need to obtain a Blue Card in this instance.

Taught at a District sponsored Merit Badge University:  Check with the program - they will let you know if you need to bring a signed Blue Card with you or not.

Taught at a non-BSA affiliated program (HMNS, Health Museum, etc):  Check with the program - they will let you know if you need to bring a signed Blue Card with you or not.

Special Note:  As soon as you join Troop 889 you are automatically working on the Camping MB and anything you do within the context of a Troop or BSA event will count towards that MB.

Finding A Merit Badge Counselor: 

Are you staring a new Merit Badge?  Do you need to complete a partial from Summer or Winter Camp?

Contact the Troop's Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator (MBCC) and they will help you locate a Merit Badge Counselor for the specific MB you're working on.

Click here to see the current list:

http://bit.ly/Troop889MBC

Becoming A 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.

To become a Merit Badge Counselor you simply need to:

  • Fill out a BSA Adult Leader Application (Download)
  • Take Youth Protection Training on-line (about 15-20 minutes)
  • Tell us what Merit Badges you would like to counsel (Download)
  • Turn in all your forms to the Troop Committee
  • Attend the next available Merit Badge Counselor Orientation

If you are not yet a Merit Badge Counselor, it is easy to become a volunteer. You will need to register with the Boy Scouts of America, through the Tall Timbers District.  Obtain, complete, and turn in to the Troop Membership Chairperson the Adult Leader Application. The Troop Membership Chairperson and Tall Timbers District will process your application.  Every applicant's references are checked to insure the scout's safety. 

Next, complete the online course for Youth Protection TrainingFollow this link, log on (you may need to establish a logon if you haven't already done so), and take the course.  It should take you 15 to 20 minutes.

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