Earn a Merit Badge
Details are in the Boy Scout Handbook, Chapter 7, Earning a Merit Badge.
In addition the Merit Badge Library also has books for use with troop meeting
monthly themes, at summer camp, or with counselors outside the troop.
There is also a Westchester-Putnam Council merit badge counselor list.
See the troop advancement chair or the troop SPL.
BSA National Council also lists requirements here.
Mr. D's Merit
Badge Review gives a brief, unofficial commentary on each merit badge.
requirements for merit badges as links at the bottom of the page under
Merit Badge Resource Links. This unofficial, volunteer-run website
may possibly have inaccurate information.
usscouts.org has requirements
for merit badges. Scroll down to merit badge links at the bottom of the
page. This unofficial, volunteer-run website may possibly have inaccurate
After you have selected a merit badge to do, ask the Scoutmaster for a
signed merit badge application (blue card) for the merit badge.
Along with another Scout, a relative, or a friend, set up and attend your
first appointment with the merit badge counselor. No one-on-one contact
is permitted. A Scout must have a buddy with him at each meeting
with a merit badge counselor.
When you complete your merit badge requirements, give the merit badge application
signed by the counselor to the Scoutmaster.
Take extra care to keep the Applicant's Record portion of the blue card
you get back at the Court of Honor, because Council no longer keeps cards.
Finally, if you bought your merit badge book, consider donating it to the
troop merit badge library now that you are done with it. Help keep
our library up-to-date, we may have an out-of-date book to swap for you.
Here are some other ways to earn merit badges. We try to post these
opportunities on our home page as they arise.
Select a merit badge you want to do. This is a list of merit badges
with counselors available within Troop 174. Booklets are available
from the troop merit badge library, which the troop Librarian brings to
each troop meeting. They may also be bought from the Scout Shop at
Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY. Starred* merit badges
are required for Eagle. Links are to merit badge requirements at
unofficial and possibly inaccurate information at meritbadge.com and usscouts.org.
Names of counselors in the troop are available online. Go to the password-protected
pages and click on "Merit Badge Counselors in the Troop: Name, e-mail,
and phone number." Or you may contact Vincent D., advancement chair.
All Year -- Durland Scout Center
offers the Swimming*
and the Lifesaving*
Merit Badges from time to time.
All Year -- Space Camp
in Florida and Alabama offers for scouts ages 12-14 these one-week programs:
Aviation Challenge Mach II, which qualify scouts for the Aviation
Merit badge as well as partials in First
Safety, and Orienteering.
Space Academy, which qualifies scouts for the Space
Exploration merit badge.
Check for discount for regestering before Dec. 31 for the summer programs.
Winter -- Several ski resorts offer scout ski days. See the
Westchester-Putnam Council Ski
Weekends. Also, our old Scout
Ski Day information gives an idea of what might be found this year.
These qualify scouts for the Snow
Sports merit badge.
Boy Scout Troop 174, Yorktown, NY. http://troop174.info