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  1. Each year, "Scouting" magazine publishes a list showing the number of each merit badge earned in the previous year. The 2018 list is available here: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2019/02/11/2018-merit-badge-rankings-a-deep-dive-into-the-official-numbers-from-1-to-137/ As usual, all the top positions are Eagle-required. I always find the bottom 10 to be the most interesting. This year, American Business managed to tie perennial last-place Bugling as the least-earned merit badge in scouting. A mere 551 merit badges earned nationwide... Observations? Comments?
  2. Hello all - I am a parent of a scout who just crossed over from Arrow of Light to Boy Scouts. I am considering signing up as a merit badge counselor for our troop, and my son is ready to start working on some of his badges. I'm getting some conflicting guidance from our Troopmaster and the BSA website. I'm hoping you all can help. Our Troopmaster informed me that my son cannot work on a merit badge by himself. He said it is required that merit badges be earned in groups of 2 or more scouts. I understand the requirement for the buddy system and that my son must be accompanied by an parent/guardian or other scout when interacting with the badge counselor or leader. I asked him to clarify two specific items: 1) My son attends sailing camp each summer, and the activities he performs at camp meet every requirement for the sailing merit badge. Is it required that another boy scout earn this badge at the same time? 2) Can hikes on family vacations count towards the Hiking badge or must it be a hike with another scout? He confirmed that in both of those scenarios, the badge must be earned in groups of 2 or more scouts and must be taught by the merit badge counselor. I cannot find anything on the BSA website documentation to support this. Can you help? Thanks!
  3. Seems that BSA has tinkered with a few rank requirements and MBs for 2017. Nothing too big from what I see. http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2017/03/14/heres-a-complete-list-of-the-2017-boy-scout-requirement-changes/
  4. Scoutmasters, Advancement Coordinators, District and Council Advancement Committee Members, and Others: Very much worth your read. Key points: "Updating requirements means merit badge pamphlets and the Boy Scout Requirements book need to be updated as well. In the past, this process slowed down the update cycle, at times causing delays of a year or more. Not anymore, Berger says. "“As soon as we have new, updated merit badge requirements, we’re going to immediately get them on Scouting.org, as well as in our new interactive digital merit badge pamphlets and on Scoutbook,†he says. “We’re not waiting for reprinted pamphlets or requirements books. This should help to get the very best information and resources into the hands of Scouts as quickly as possible.â€" WHAT THAT MEANS: Scoutsource is now the source of record for requirements, not the annual hardcopy of BSA requirements. Counselors and advancement folk will need to check to be sure they are using the latest requirements set.
  5. BSA announces online, interactive MB pamphlets. See the poll. Good idea or waste of resources?
  6. SpEdScouter started a topic asking what the most difficult merit badge to earn was. Stosh suggested asking what is the most useful merit badge a Scout can earn is. I'd like to take it even a step further and make it a two part question with the second question being what is the most useful merit badge you earned (if you earned any - if you weren't a Scout as a lad or a female scouter, I'd still love to hear your answer to the first question). They may be the same answer, or they may be different answers - I think that would be interesting too. I'll start... I think the most useful merit badge a Scout can earn is First Aid - or is that so obvious that we should stipulate that it is the most useful and disqualify it from the question? Let's go ahead and say First Aid is too obvious and say the most useful merit badge other than First Aid, in which I would say Cooking which is a skill everyone can use. The most useful Merit badge I earned? I would say Landscape Arcitecture had I gone with my first instinct and pursue it as a career but I would have to say Bird Study which stated me on a lifetime hobby and halpes mw sharpen my observations of the natura world.
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