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Merit Badges

This is where you can find all the information you need about merit badges.

HOW TO SUBMIT A COMPLETE BLUE CARD 

  1. Be sure your bluecard is completely signed off, and has all required signatures
  2. Scan or take photos of the Front and Back of the Blue card
  3. Use the Merit Badge Blue Card Submit Form to submit the Front and Back of the blue card.
  4. You will receive confirmation of your submittal, along with a link where you can check the status of your your blue card submittal.  Note:  The password requested is our Troop #.
  5. The Scoutmaster will approve, then the Advancement Chair will record it in the Troop records.
  6. Once it's in the Troop Records, the Advancement chair will notify you via the email you supply.
 
STEPS TO EARN A MERIT BADGE:
  1. GET BLUE CARD - A Scout desiring to take a merit badge class in the Troop or outside, should obtain a Blue Card from the Advancement Chair.
  2. FILL IT OUT - Fill out everything you can including: District-Riverside, Council-Central Florida
  3. GET SCOUTMASTER’S APPROVAL SIGNATURE - The Scout will fill out the “Application for Merit Badge” best he can, and bring it to the Scoutmaster for approval. I’ll make sure they have that one part filled out right.  Note: If you are taking this online and don't have/need a blue card, get an email approval from the Scoutmaster first.  Then it will be signed off in step #6.
  4. ATTEND CLASS & WORK REQUIREMENTS - As the Scout attends the class, and requirements are complete, the counselor will sign them off, and give the Blue Card back to the boys for them to keep, and bring to the next meeting.
  5. GET COUNSELOR’S SIGN OFF - When the counselor signs off the last requirement, they’ll take their portion of the blue card, fill it out and keep it, and will sign the Unit Record portion, and the Applicants portion, indicating that it’s complete
  6. GET SCOUTMASTER’S SIGN OFF
  7. TURN IT INTO THE ADVANCEMENT CHAIR
WAYS TO EARN MERIT BADGES
  1. Summer Camp - This is the most common way to earn badges.  Typically 4-6 per camp.
  2. Merit Badge University - Offered once a year at F.I.T.   Most badges can be achieved in 1 day
  3. Troop Merit Badges - The Troop will offer Merit Badges from time to time, based on requests from Scouts.  
  4. Find a Counselor outside of the Troop - If you wish to take a Merit Badge Class that is not offered by the Troop, you may find your own counselor.  You can either find one in the district already registered as a counselor (see www.riversidescouting.org), or if you have a teacher, coach, or expert who may want to become a merit badge counselor, let us know. 
  5. Online - This has recently grown (due to Covid)
COUNSELORS
  • Our Troop has several of our own counselors.  As of September, 2017 here's who we have:
    • Mrs. Andrews - Personal Fitness
    • Mr. Nifakos - Personal Management
    • Mr. Baer - Citizenships
    • Mr. Walton - Camping, Family Life Fist Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Motorboating, Water Sports
  • The District Also has a list of Counselors.  Here are the lists:

Click HERE for a list of all the Merit Badges that exist and their Requirements.  (Scroll down to the list)


CURRENT MERIT BADGE CLASSES:

Personal Fitness
Counselor:  Mrs. & Mr. Andrews
Session Materials are available HERE.

Emergency Preparedness
Counselor: Mr. Walton (for post-camp sign off)
Session Materials are available HERE.

Camping
Counselor: Mr. Walton
Info Available HERE

Family Life
Counselor: Mr. Walton
Session Materials are available HERE

Personal Management
Counselor:  Mrs. Nifakos
Session Materials are available HERE 

Swimming
Counselor: Mr. Kneessy
Session Materials are available HERE

Waterskiing and Motorboating
Counselor: Mr. Walton
Info Available HERE