There is more to merit badges than simply providingopportunities to learn skills. There is more to them than an introduction to lifetime hobbies, or the inspiration topursue a career—though these invaluable results occurregularly. It all begins with a Scout’s initial interest andeffort in a merit badge subject, followed by a discussionwith the unit leader or designated assistant, continuesthrough meetings with a counselor, and culminates inadvancement and recognition. It is an uncomplicatedprocess that gives a Scout the confidence achievedthrough overcoming obstacles. Social skills improve.Self-reliance develops. Examples are set and followed.And fields of study and interest are explored beyond the limits of the school classroom.