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Merit Badges

Steps involved in pursuing a Merit Badge

Scout is responsible for making sure that the Blue Card is completed and signed: 
  • Patrol Lead ASMs have blank blue cards. 
  • Scout asks his Patrol Lead ASM to sign his blue card to initiate Merit Badge pursuit. 
  • If the Patrol Lead ASM is not available, then the Scoutmaster or alternative ASMs (e.g., Oljato ASMs, etc.) can provide the initial Unit Leader signature that is under the "Application for Merit Badge" section of the card.
  • Scout earns Merit Badge (see below for places to Earn Merit Badges). 
  • Scout delivers the blue card(s) into the “Blue Box”. 
    • PLEASE look at the cards BEFORE you turn them in to make sure that you have taken the time to fill in all the information. ALSO, both the “Application for Merit Badge” and the ‘Applicant’s Record” should be turned in for processing – AS ONE PIECE - UNTORN. 
    • “Blue Box” location. The Blue Box for turning in cards is located on the porch of Merit Badge Recorder (MBRecorder.troop57@troopmaster.email). 
    • Blue Cards may take as long as a month before they are entered into TM [The MB Recorder enters/verifies the blue cards into the system.].
  • Blue cards must be submitted two weeks prior to a Court of Honor to be received in that Court of Honor.  A deadline date will be announced.  Scouts should check TM on the deadline date to confirm receipt of all blue cards for that Court of Honor cycle.
Applicant’s records:
  • The “Applicant’s Record” portion of the Blue Card with the awarded Merit Badge are provided to the Scout at the Court of Honor. The “Applicant’s Record” should be stored in a safe place during your Scouting career as proof of record. 
  • Inquiries related to Merit Badge issues. Contact our Merit Badge Counselor Coordinator at MBCoordinator.troop57@troopmaster.email.  Please include “T57: MB” in subject line. 
Places to Earn Merit Badges: