Merit Badges

Merit Badge Program

The Scouting BSA is a movement dedicated to supplementing and enlarging the education of youth. As a vital part of the BSA’s advancement plan, the merit badge program is one of Scouting’s basic character-building tools and plays a key role in the fulfillment of this educational commitment. There are over 100 different merit badges in the program. Without dedicated volunteers who are proficient in the subject matter of the various badges, the program will not be successful.

An important aspect of the merit badge program is the opportunity for scouts to widen their contacts with other adults. Meeting with adults whom they might not be acquainted provides scouts a chance to develop social skills and self-confidence in situations, which initially may cause them to be uncertain and shy. Merit badge counselors provide the means for Scouts to explore many subjects that may not be available to them otherwise. Because merit badge counselors must be proficient in the subject of the badge being worked on, the scouts receive highly accurate and technical instructions while being coached on the topic.

Any questions or concerns please contact the District’s Merit Badge Dean:

Margee Egan, gm.mb.dean@hotmail.com

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Current Merit Badge Counselors and Guidelines:

The current roster of merit badge counselors is provided periodically to the Scoutmaster of each troop.  If a scout needs information about a specific merit badge, the scout can contact their troop leadership or the George Mason Merit Badge Dean (note emails should include two adults – no one-on-one contact for electronic media).

Upcoming events will be listed below:

Note:  Due to the Coronavirus outbreak many events are postponed or cancelled.  Check with the organizer about the status of specific events.

The following Merit Badges have a new version due to updated requirements.  Scouts that have started the previous version of these Merit Badges may continue working on that version.  Scouts who are just starting on these Merit Badges must use the 2019 version.

  • Bird Study MB Requirements (2019)
  • Archery MB Requirements (2019)
  • American Business MB Requirements (2019)
  • Family Life MB Requirements (2019)
  • First Aid MB Requirements (2019)
  • Personal Management MB Requirements (2019)
  • Fly Fishing MB Requirements (2019)
  • Geocaching MB Requirements (2019)
  • Motorboating MB Requirements (2019)
  • Railroading MB Requirements (2019)
  • Rifle Shooting MB Requirements (2019)
  • Soil and Water Conservation MB Requirements (2019)

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To become a Merit Badge Counselor:

You will need to submit the following information to the Merit Badge Dean:

Information about the requirements for MBCs can be found in the Guide to Advancement (2019) and the GMD Guidelines for Merit Badge Counselors (2014).

Note, to become a MBC for some specific merit badges require that counselors have additional certification:

  • Archery: At least a USAA/NFAA Basic Instructor.
  • Canoeing: American Canoeing Association Instructor certification
  • Muzzleloading:
    • NRA/NMLRAcertified muzzle-loader firearms instructor
    • On the range, supervised by a NRA-certified Range Safety Officer.
  • Rifle Shooting:
    • NRA-certified Rifle Instructor
    • On the range, supervised by a NRA-certified Range Safety Officer.
  • Shotgun Shooting:
    • NRA-certified Shotgun instructor
    • On the range, supervised by a NRA-certified Range Safety Officer. 
  • Scuba Diving:
    •  All phases of scuba instruction—classroom, pool, and open-water training—are limited to instructors trained and certified by one of the BSA’s recognized scuba agencies as found in the Guide to Safe Scouting.
    • However, any registered MBC that is certified in Scuba Diving Open Water or above may sign off on any requirement.