Completed MB? in Advancement Resources Posted September 18, 2019 · Edited September 18, 2019 by Treflienne By the way, read the entirety of that section, not just this snippet The relevant section of the GTA is 126.96.36.199 Limited Recourse for Unearned Merit Badges https://www.scouting.org/resources/guide-to-advancement/the-merit-badge-program/#7047 Quote In most cases, with a fair and friendly approach, a Scout who did not complete the requirements will admit it. Short of this, however, if it remains clear under the circumstances that some or all of the requirements could not have been met, then the merit badge is not reported or awarded, and does not count toward advancement. The unit leader then offers the name of at least one other merit badge counselor through whom any incomplete requirements may be finished. Note that in this case a merit badge is not “taken away” because, although signed off, it was never actually earned. This is all theoretical to me. You'll need to have someone else tell you how to handle the angry parent.