Scouts can earn more than 135 merit badges. There is more to merit badges than simply providing opportunities to learn skills. Merit badges can be an introduction to lifetime hobbies, or the inspiration to pursue a career. Find out more about merit badges here.
The merit badge counselor is a key figure in the advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest, you can play a vital role in stirring a youth’s curiosity about that particular topic. From a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications), you can make a difference in a young life. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest. Find out more about serving as a merit badge counselor here.