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Don't forget that Troop 168 has a library! Many pamphlet titles are available to Scouts as they begin working on specific Merit Badges. Scouts simply need to sign the pamphlet out and return it when done.

The most current and any updated merit badge requirements can be found at

Troop 168's Merit Badge Counselors 

A list of T168's Merit Badge Counselors is linked.

A Guide for Merit Badge Counseling

BSA 512-065 (2018 Printing)

at page 4:

Scouts BSA Advancement Requirements Changes as posted on What to Do When Requirements Change

           (p. 49 of 2021 Guide to Advancement)

Merit badge requirements, along with changes to them, can be found at the Merit Badges web page: Once new or revised requirements appears on that page, any Scout beginning work on a merit badge must use the requirement as stated there.

Changes may also be introduced in a revised merit badge pamphlet, youth handbook, or other official BSA

publication or release before appearing on the Merit Badges web page. In this case, unless official communications set forth a different procedure or establish a date by when use of the old requirements must cease, youth members have through December 31 of that year to

decide what to do. They may continue—or begin work—using the old requirements, or they may switch to—or begin work—using the new requirements. Scouts who choose to use the old requirements may continue using them until the merit badge is completed. Scouts who have not begun work on a badge by December 31 of the year a change in its requirements is announced must use the new requirements.

There is no time limit between starting and completing a badge, although a counselor may determine so much time has passed since any effort took place that the new requirements must be used.

Helpful (but not required) Merit Badge worksheets are found at

There is more to merit badges than simply providing opportunities to learn skills. There is more to them than an introduction to lifetime hobbies, or the inspiration to pursue a career—though these invaluable results occur regularly.

It all begins with a Scout’s initial interest and effort in a merit badge subject, followed by a discussion with the unit leader or designated assistant, continues through meetings with a counselor, and culminates in advancement and recognition. It is an uncomplicated process that gives a Scout the confidence achieved through overcoming  obstacles. Social skills improve. Self-reliance develops. Examples are set and followed. Fields of study and interest are explored beyond the limits of the school classroom The Benefits of Merit Badges

2021 Guide to Advancement

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