Merit badges are awards that concentrate on a particular field of expertise or a specific skill and can be earned by Scouts in cooperation with a merit badge counselor. Each merit badge has an accompanying booklet that can be borrowed from the Troop library (if available), or purchased at the Scout Shop. There are over 100 merit badges available, and some are required before a Scout can earn his Star, Life, or Eagle. The required merit badges can be earned in any order. Consult the Boy Scout Handbook for information on which merit badges are optional and which are required. Merit badge opportunities are also offered on the district and council levels as well as at summer camp. Announcement of these opportunities will be given at troop meetings or by troop mailings.Full details on the procedure for earning merit badges can be found in the Scout Handbook.
A blue card must be obtained prior to starting to earn a merit badge. Cards should be obtained from the Scoutmaster or Designee.
Merit Badge Pamphlets
Each merit badge has a corresponding merit badge pamphlet that lists the requirements for that particular merit badge as well as study material for the merit badge.
We have many of the pamphlets available in our troop library. If the pamphlet is not in our library (or is signed out already by another scout) you may purchase the books at any Scout Shop, or at selected retail locations. Always check to see if the pamphlet is the most recent edition available. We have an updated list on our site, and you can also find an updated list at usscouts.org.
If you purchase a merit badge book and would like to donate it to our troop library once you have completed the merit badge your donation will be greatly appreciated.
Please contact the troop librarian for more information.
Merit Badge Counselors
Merit badges counselors are the heart and soul of the merit badge program. No boy can earn a merit badge without the guidance and approval of a counselor. The list of counselors contains the names of individuals who have volunteered to aid the boys in their quest for knowledge.
Are you a person with specialized knowledge who could serve as a merit badge counselor? Take a look at the list of merit badges (there are over 130 of them). if your profession, hobbies or life skills have given you an understanding in one of these areas, then you may be the ideal candidate to be a counselor. If you are approved, you can limit your work to this troop only, or serve a greater good and make yourself available to any boy who contacts you. The amount of time spent being a counselor is minimal, but the rewards you reap are tremendous.
This is an excellent way for parents who have limited time to get involved with the troop and make a difference.
Below is how to become a merit badge counselor in 4 easy steps:
1. Pick at least one badge and then fill out an adult application.
2. Fill out a Merit Badge Counselor Application.
3. Complete Youth Protection Training here and print your certificate
4. The forms should be filled out and copied, with the originals mailed to the Hudson Valley Council office (6 Jeanne Drive, Newburgh, NY 12550) attention “MBC Registration”. Alternatively, the forms may be computer scanned and sent via email to Debra.Federici@scouting.org. If sent by email, use the subject line “MBC Registration”. The originator should retain copies of all forms…or you can just give everything to our Committee Chair who can help you with the process.