Process for Completing a Merit Badge
Merit Badges are a great opportunity for scouts to explore their interests, build knowledge, and learn new skills. There are over 135 different merit badges available.
NOTE: The following process applies to every Merit Badge (individual, troop, university, outing or online) except those done at Summer Camp.
Step 1: Research what merit badge you would like to work on. Read the requirements for the badge you are interested in. Keep in mind your rank advancement and note which badges are Eagle required.
Step 2: Before you start any work on a merit badge, go to https://www.troop4hopkinton.com/advancement-merit-badges/start-a-merit-badge. Fill out the form requesting to start a merit badge. Specify your choice of a troop counselor. If you do not have a troop counselor, the Advancement chair will look for a counselor in the Council and assign that person.
Step 3: The Advancement chair will connect you with the merit badge counselor in Scoutbook. Connect with that counselor to discuss how you will work on the badge and how you will provide evidence that you have completed the requirements. Options include workbook, emails, and in-person/online meetings. Make sure you have a plan with the counselor in place before you start work.
Step 4: Work on the Merit Badge. NOTE: DO NOT complete requirements directly in Scoutbook. Your Merit Badge counselor and the Advancement Chair are the only ones who can approve and enter completed requirements into Scoutbook. Be sure to check-in regularly with your counselor to report your progress - at least once a month.
You will be recognized with your Merit Badge at the next Court of Honor.
For Summer Camp, the troop leadership will instruct you on the process/processes for earning Merit Badges. This may change from year to year and may include the use of a physical blue card.