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My son recently signed up for the Cooking merit badge which is being offered with a group in my son's troop. I received an email from the organizer who told me it was only for First Class scouts and up and it would be "too hard" for him because it is Eagle required. My son is almost done with his Scout rank and has not had any merit badge opportunities yet. I read the requirements and didn't think they sounded too hard, especially since the troop expects him to do more difficult things on his own during campouts. Is this reasonable? Or is the organizer just trying to weed out the younger ones for his own convenience? I can't find anywhere that it says you have to be First Class to work on that badge.
Found this in a forum on Linked In. It's Dec 2014, but the key point is: - Training can be done entirely online for MBCs. Hope it helps some of you out in the hinterlands. BSA Merit Badge Counselors Compass from the filestore at Scouting.org Counselors Compass BSA 512-937_Dec2014.pdf
For your reading and finding Counselors pleasure... http://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/blog/new-animation-badge-draws-on-scouts-interest-in-animation It has not (as of this moment) made the Merit Badge Catalog page on scouting.org Per USScouts.org, the EARN START date has not been announced. EDIT TO ADD: REQUIREMENTS HERE: http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2015/05/19/animation-merit-badge-requirements-released/