Advancement in Summer Camp
Scout Spirit, Active, Special Needs, Eagle Projects, Scoutmaster Conferences,
Boards of Review, Appeals, Courts of Honor, Time Extensions, and more.
Also see Boy Scout Summer Camp for an overview of summer camp and typical merit badges offered.
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Advancement Committee Policies & Procedures, October, 2009 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33088)
|“|| In developing council procedures for handling Advancement Reports and distributing badges, remember that many Boy Scout advancement opportunities take place in summer camp. Special attention should be given to ensure that the procedures include summer camp.
The procedures for advancement in summer camp are established by the council advancement committee in cooperation with the committee responsible for summer camp, the camp director, and the program director. These procedures must be approved by the council advancement committee prior to the opening of camp. This procedure must include the four processes of advancement -- learning, testing, reviewing, and recognition.
The camp program director will organize program staff, specialists, commissioners, and department heads in such a way that the program in camp is completely operative from the beginning of the camp season. These procedures should be given to each troop as part of pre-camp orientation.
The program director is responsible for assuring that all program equipment relating to advancement is available for use.
Camp merit badge counselors must be qualified (see "Qualifications of Counselors", page 13). Camp staff members who are qualified in the subject and are younger than age 18 may assist the merit badge counselor with instruction. The merit badge counselor or instructor in a particular subject should be available to both individuals and groups.
|— Advancement Policies #33088, p. 34)|
There is no time limit for completion of merit badges other than age 18.
Age and Rank Requirements to Earn Merit Badges
- Main: Merit Badge Introduction
- "Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. You don't need to have had rank advancement to be eligible." - Boy Scout Requirements p. 22
- "Any registered Boy Scout or Varsity Scout may earn these awards until his 18th birthday." - Advancement Policies #33088, p. 24}}
Group Instruction of Merit Badges
|— Advancement Policies #33088, p. 26)|
Advancement for Scouts with Disabilities
|— Advancement Policies #33088, p. 40)|