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For Youth: So you want to earn a merit badge? Follow these simple steps!
  1. Pick a Merit Badge Subject. Talk to your Scoutmaster about your interests. Read the requirements of the merit badges you think might interest you. Pick one to earn. Your Scoutmaster will give you the name of a person from a list of counselors. These counselors have special knowledge in their merit badge subjects and are interested in helping you.
  2. Scout Buddy System. You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor. This person can be another Scout, your parents or guardian, a brother or sister or other relative, or a friend.
  3. Call the Counselor. Get a signed merit badge application (a "blue card," available at any Scout Shop) from your Scoutmaster. Get in touch with the merit badge counselor and tell him or her that you want to earn the merit badge. The counselor may ask to meet you to explain what is expected of you and to start helping you meet the requirements. You should also discuss work that you have already started or possibly completed.
  4. Unless otherwise specified, work for 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 and school or public libraries have them.
  5. Show Your Stuff. When you are ready, call the counselor again to make an appointment to meet the requirements. 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 ask you to do each requirement to make sure that you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required.
  6. Get the Badge. When the counselor is satisfied that you have met each requirement, he or she will sign your application. Give the signed application to your Scoutmaster so that your merit badge emblem can be secured for you.
  7. Requirements. You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated‚ no more and no less. You are expected to do exactly what is stated in the requirements. If it says "show or demonstrate," that is what you must do. Just telling about it isn't enough. The same thing holds true for such words as "make," "list," "in the field," and "collect," "identify," and "label."

For Scoutmasters

Contact your District Executive for the latest version of your District's Merit Badge Counselor List.

Would you like to be a merit badge counselor?

Merit Badge Counselor Information Sheet. There is no fee to register as a merit badge counselor. Even if you are already registered as a volunteer in another position, you'll need to fill out another application and the Merit Badge Counselor Information Sheet.

National's guide for merit badge counselors

Merit Badge Workbooks for SGVC Camps

The San Gabriel Valley Council has taken the time to update the workbooks for merit badges that are offered at our camps. These workbooks can be used with the merit badge book to help the Scout keep his work together. The requirements in these workbooks reflect the changes made by National in the 2006 Requirements Book.

Merit Badge Workbooks are recommended at all

SGVC Merit Badge Classes.

These badges are offered at Camp Trask, Camp Cherry Valley and/or Holcomb Valley.  For a list of merit badges offered at summer camp, please refer to the Leaders Guide.  Please visit  www.usscouts.org to print out a workbook.


 National's Merit Badge Pages

 National's Guide for Merit Badge Counselors