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Merit Badge Requirements, Worksheets, and TROOP 33 Counselors



Click a merit badge name below for the current requirements.  Worksheets can help Scouts organize notes, listen actively, and document their work -- but are NOT required.

Notes (for full FAQ on badges, click here):

  • A Scout is expected to meet the requirements exactly as stated – no more and no less.
  • Scouts STARTING a merit badge must use the CURRENT Boy Scout Requirements
  • Scouts must FIRST contact the merit badge counselor to ensure he/she is willing to help the Scout.  THEN the Scout must get a SIGNED BLUE CARD from the Scoutmaster.
  • Merit badge names in BOLD are Eagle required
  • Once a Scout has started a merit badge, he can continue to work on those requirements even if new requirements are published. The Scout must choose whether to complete the full set of new requirements or the full set of old requirements.
  • If a merit badge pamphlet is updated during the year, a Scout can choose to use either full set of old requirements or new requirements in the pamphlet. Those will show an effective date of the following year (i.e. a pamphlet issued in June of 2008 will say "2009 requirements").   Once the Boy Scout Requirements are updated, all Scouts starting the merit badge must use the new requirements.

Merit Badges


Merit Badge
Requirements & Resources

Workbooks

Troop 33 Counselor

All workbooks in a ZIP file:

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American Business  2003 TPF

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American Cultures  2006 TPF

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Teresa D 

American Heritage  2006 TPF

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Teresa D 

American Labor  2006

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Kathy W 

Animal Science  2006

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Archaeology  2007

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Archery  2012 TPF

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Carl M 

Architecture  2010

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Curt P

Art  2013

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Curt P

Astronomy  2013

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Kristie P

Athletics  2012 TPF

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Automotive Maintenance  2013

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Dean D, Carl M

Aviation  2007

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Backpacking  2008 TPF

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Dave N

Basketry  2004

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Lori N

Bird Study  2013

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Kristie P

Bugling  2012

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Camping  2012 TPF

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Dave N

Canoeing  2005 TPF

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Chemistry  2006

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Kristie P

Chess  2013

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Cinematography  2009

Renamed - See Moviemaking

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Citizenship in the Comm  2005 TPF

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Kathy W

Citizenship in the Nation  2005 TPF

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Kathy W

Citizenship in the World  2005 TPF

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Kathy W

Climbing  2012

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Coin Collecting  2010 TPF

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Kristie P, Steve V

Collections  2009

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Lori N

Communication  2013 TPF

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Lotta K

Composite Materials  2013

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Cooking  2014 TPF

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Kristie P, Lori N

Crime Prevention  2006

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Cycling  2013

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Dean D

Dentistry  2010

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Digital Technology  2014

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Disabilities Awareness  2006

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Dog Care  2013

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Curt P, Lori N

Drafting  2009

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Electricity  2005

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Dean D

Electronics  2004

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Emergency Preparedness  2013 TPF

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 Lori N

Energy  2006

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Engineering  2009 TPF

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Carl M 

Entrepreneurship  2007 TPF

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Environmental Science  2006 TPF

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Kristie P

Family Life  2010

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Beth P, Lori N

Farm Mechanics  2009

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Fingerprinting  2004

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Kathy W 

Fire Safety  2013

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Kathy W 

First Aid  2008 TPF

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Tina K, Lori N 

Fish & Wildlife Management  2005 TPF

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Fishing  2013 TPF

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Carl M

Fly Fishing  2012 TPF

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Forestry  2006 TPF

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Doug O

Game Design  2013

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Gardening  2013

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Doug O

Genealogy  2006

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Steve V 

Geocaching  2010

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Kristie P

Geology  2010

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Kristie P

Golf  2003

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Graphic Arts  2012

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Curt P

Hiking  2013 TPF

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Dave N

Home Repairs  2013

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Dean D, Carl M

Horsemanship  2013

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Indian Lore  2009

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Insect Study  2009

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Inventing  2010

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Journalism  2007

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Kayaking  2012

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Landscape Architecture  2010

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Law  2013

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Leatherwork  2013

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Lifesaving  2009 TPF

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Curt P

Mammal Study  2004 TPF

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Curt P

Medicine  2010 TPF

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Metalwork  2008

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Dean D

Mining in Society  2014

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Model Design and Building  2004

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Motorboating  2012

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Moviemaking  2013

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Music  2012 TPF

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Nature  2004 TPF

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Doug O

Nuclear Science  2011

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Oceanography  2013

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Orienteering  2013 TPF

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Dave N

Painting  2009

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Personal Fitness  2013 TPF

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Lotta K

Personal Management  2004 TPF

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Lotta K, Kathy W

Pets  2013

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Curt P

Photography  2013

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Pioneering  2013 TPF

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Plant Science  2006

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Curt P

Plumbing  2005

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Dean D

Pottery  2009

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Programming  2013

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Kristie P

Public Health  2006 TPF

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Public Speaking  2003

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Pulp and Paper  2013

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Radio  2009

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Railroading  2005

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Reading  2004

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Lori N

Reptile & Amphibian Study  2006

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Rifle Shooting  2002 TPF

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Carl M 

Robotics  2011

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Rowing  2007 TPF

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Dave N

Safety  2013 TPF

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Dave N

Salesmanship  2004 TPF

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Scholarship  2005

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Kathy W, Curt P

Scouting Heritage  2013

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Kathy W 

Scuba Diving  2009

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Sculpture  2008

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Search and Rescue  2012

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Shotgun Shooting  2013 TPF

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 Carl M

Skating  2006

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Small-Boat Sailing  2005 TPF

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Snow Sports  2007

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Ryan G

Soil & Water Conservation  2005

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Doug O

Space Exploration  2005

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Sports  2011 TPF

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Stamp Collecting  2007

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Surveying  2005

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Sustainability  2013

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Kristie P

Swimming  2009 TPF

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Textile  2004

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Theater  2005

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Traffic Safety  2007

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Truck Transportation  2006

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Veterinary Medicine  2006

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Water Sports  2008

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Weather  2013

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Doug O

Welding  2012

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Whitewater  2006

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Wilderness Survival  2013 TPF

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Wood Carving  2013

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Woodwork  2012

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 Dave N

Merit Badge Counselors


A Merit Badge Counselor Is ...

As a merit badge counselor, your mission is to join fun with learning. You are both a teacher and mentor to the Scout as he works on a merit badge and learns by doing. By presenting opportunities for growth via engaging activities like designing a Web page (Computers), performing an ollie and a wheelie (Snowboarding), or fabricating rope (Pioneering), you can pique a young man's interest in the merit badge subject. Just think: Your hands-on involvement could inspire a Scout to develop a lifelong hobby, pursue a particular career, or become an independent, self-supporting adult.

A Scout first expresses an interest in a particular merit badge by letting his unit leader know. To get him started, the leader may give him a signed Application for Merit Badge (blue card) along with the name and telephone number of a district/council approved merit badge counselor. The Scout then contacts the merit badge counselor and makes an appointment. The merit badge counselor sets a date and time to meet with the Scout and his buddy, and may suggest the Scout bring the merit badge pamphlet along with the blue card.

Most local councils (including summer camps) use the Application for Merit Badge, or blue card, although it is not required. This tool just makes the recordkeeping easier for the Scout, the merit badge counselor, and the unit leader. At summer camp, a Scout may receive partial credit for completion of a merit badge on the blue card, which goes to the Scoutmaster at week's end. Back home, the Scout would need to contact a merit badge counselor for assistance with completing the rest of the requirements.

At the first meeting, the Scout and his merit badge counselor review and start working on the requirements. In some cases, the Scout may share with the merit badge counselor the work he has started or accomplished. As the merit badge counselor, you and the Scout work out a tentative schedule for completing the requirements. You should consider both short-term and long-term goals, keeping other obligations (school, Scouting, sports, and so on) in mind, and set dates, times, and a location for future meetings. The number of meetings will depend on the difficulty of the requirements and the preparation and ability of the Scout.

Your duty is to be satisfied that each Scout who comes to you meets all the requirements for the merit badge you are coaching. You do this by helping Scouts overcome the different hurdles of the requirements and making them aware of the deeper aspects of the subject through their learning experience. You may tell about your own experiences to help positively reinforce the subject matter. However, you may not tack on new requirements or extra work. While you may guide and instruct a Scout on the subject matter, he must do the work himself.

As each requirement is completed, you will test the Scout individually, with his buddy present. If you are using a blue card, update this card as the Scout completes each requirement. When the young man has completed all the requirements, you sign off on the blue card and the Scout returns the completed card to his unit leader.

Questions about Merit Badge Counselors


Frequently Asked Questions

Many of the same questions frequently arise from merit badge counselors, especially those who are new to the program. Here are the answers to some of those FAQs.

Unit leaders are not automatically approved to serve as merit badge counselors.

Question: Must individuals who are serving as a merit badge counselor register as a merit badge counselor with the Boy Scouts of America?
Answer: Yes, an Adult Application must be completed for each position in which the individual wants to serve. The application allows only one position per form. For instance, an individual who wants to serve only as a merit badge counselor will need to complete only one application. However, a Scoutmaster or assistant Scoutmaster who wants to serve as a merit badge counselor must complete two applications—one for the Scoutmaster position and one for the counselor position.

Question: Once the adult leader application has been submitted, how long does the approval process take?
Answer: The process usually takes from four to six weeks.

Question: What is the minimum age requirement for merit badge counselors?
Answer: An individual must be at least 18 years of age to serve as a merit badge counselor.

Question: Once a volunteer is registered and approved as a merit badge counselor, is that registration for life?
Answer: Approvals for merit badge counselors and all other adult volunteer positions are valid for one year only and must be renewed annually.

Question: Can a merit badge counselor who works only with a single unit obtain only unit committee approval?
Answer: With no exceptions, all merit badge counselors must be approved by the local council's advancement committee.

Question: How many merit badges can a merit badge counselor support?
Answer: Merit badge counselors may be approved for as many badges as they are qualified. However, the local council's approving body may impose a limitation based upon the needs of the local council and individual districts.

Question: Can merit badge counselors coach their own sons or close relatives (for instance, a nephew)?
Answer: Yes, but only if the young man is part of a group of Scouts who are all working on the same merit badge. Approved counselors may coach any Boy Scout who contacts them through the proper procedures.


Keep in mind that the best experience for a Scout is exposure to a variety of merit badge counselors for diversity in adult contacts.

Question: Does that mean group instruction is allowed?
Answer: A merit badge counselor may make a presentation to a group of Scouts on a merit badge subject. However, unless the merit badge requirements specifically allow for a group project, each Scout still must complete the requirements individually, and the Scout must meet with a merit badge counselor (and his buddy) to complete the requirements.

Question: How many merit badges can a Scout earn by working with any single merit badge counselor?
Answer: A Scout may earn as many merit badges from a counselor as the counselor is qualified and approved to counsel. Again, the spirit of the program is to expose the Scout to a wide circle of adults to help broaden his perspective.

Question: How much time does a Scout have to complete all the requirements for a merit badge?
Answer: There is no time limit as long as the Scout completes all the necessary requirements by the time he reaches age 18.

Question: Can a merit badge counselor require a Scout to work beyond the specific requirements of the merit badge in order to challenge the Scout and allow him to discover more about the subject?
Answer: In fairness to all Scouts, additions, deletions, or other modifications to the requirements are not permitted. The requirements are to be completed exactly as written. However, a merit badge counselor may share additional information and resources that the Scout could use on his own to learn more and challenge himself.


The current edition of the Boy Scout Requirements book is the official guide for rank advancement and merit badge requirements.

Question: What happens when the weather, locale, or some other circumstance makes meeting all of the conditions of the merit badge requirements impractical? Can substitute requirements be created for those stated?
Answer: No additions, deletions, or alterations are permitted. The requirements are to be completed exactly as written.

Question: If the requirements for a merit badge on the required list for the Eagle Scout rank vary among the Boy Scout Handbook, the merit badge pamphlet, and the Boy Scout Requirements book (current edition), which resource takes precedence?
Answer: The current edition of the Boy Scout Requirements book lists the official set of requirements for rank advancement and for each individual merit badge.

Question: What is the buddy system, and why is it necessary?
Answer: The buddy system is a safety routine that calls for a Scout to be paired with a buddy whenever he participates in Scouting activities such as aquatics, cycling, or hiking, and when he meets with his merit badge counselor. It is a way for Scouts to look after one another, stay safe, and have more fun. During meetings with adult leaders, a Scout's buddy can be another Scout or friend, or a relative.

Common sense dictates that two adult counselors alone with only one Scout should be avoided.

Question: What BSA Youth Protection guidelines and leadership practices should a merit badge counselor be aware of whenever meeting with a Scout?
Answer: Be sure to follow the buddy system. Whenever a merit badge counselor meets with a Scout, there must always be a third person present. This third person may be any other adult familiar to the Scout such as his parent or guardian, or the Scout's "buddy," such as a friend, sibling, or other relative.