Boy Scout Troop 617 | Loveland Ohio Symmes Twp

Merit Badges

A total of 21 Merit badges must be earned to reach the rank of Eagle Scout. Of those 21, 15 are required to be attained by every scout (with 3 optional). The remaining badges can be selected by the individual scout and are listed in your Boy Scout Handbook. Procedures for earning merit badges are explained in the Advancement Guidelines booklet along with the handbook.

There are approximately 121 merit badges that you can earn. Subjects range from Soil and Water Conservation to Space Exploration and everything in between.

To earn a merit badge you must work with a specified merit badge counselor. The Roster of Merit Badge Counselors lists the badges available from within our troop and who the counselors are. There are other opportunities to earn merit badges. These include a Merit Badge Challenge during the winter put on by the District council. You can also earn merit badges at summer camp.

Note to Parents: Please consider becoming a merit badge counselor. Your participation will increase the number of merit badge options for the scouts. If interested please see Stephen Meyer, who is our merit badge coordinator. A Merit Badge Councelor can only teach one required merit badge to their son.

If you have questions about advancement please send an email to our Merit Badge Team

Please see the Boy Scouts of America National Council page for more information about each of the 121 merit badges.

Merit Badge Counselor sign-up

We need Merit Badge Counselors! Please see an adult leader at a weekly scout meeting to ask about which Merit Badge you can teach, and to complete a Merit Badge Counselor form.

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