Merit Badge Pamphlet Libraries
Merit badge pamphlets are one of the easiest and most efficient ways of getting help on merit badges. In fact the Boy Scout Requirements state:
|— Boy Scout Requirements p. 22|
Since 2008, Merit Badge pamphlets (books) are in full color. The pages are glossy to better stand up to use outdoors. Color charts, graphs, diagrams, tables, and pictures are on almost every pages. Answers can be quickly found to almost every question.
Merit Badge books are short and to the point. Experts from across the US donate their time to edit and update each one. Some contributors are very famous such as Eagle Scout Stephen Spielberg's work on Cinematography.
About 20% of merit badge requirements are revised each year, so many of the merit badge books in your troop library might be out of date. The books at your local library are probably equally out-of-date. In some cases, health or safety standards have changed making the information in the out-of-date books even dangerous. For instance, recent CPR changes have effected requirements in many merit badges.
Building a troop library
To quickly build a troop library of up to date Merit Badge Pamphlets:
- Your Troop Committee can vote to charge the Scout's Individual Youth Account $3 when a book is checked out of the library and credit the Scout's Individual Youth Account $2 when a current book is returned in like-new condition.
- Make a list of the Merit Badge Pamphlets you would like to have in your library (Eagle Required, most popular, etc.) and the number of each title needed.
- Take an inventory of what you have.
- Announce the list of Merit Badge Pamphlet titles that you need (current edition, full-color) offering a $2 credit to the Scout's Individual Youth Account for current like-new books. The current revision dates are on the Merit Badge Worksheets page.
The troop charges $3 as each book is checked out and credits $2 when the book is returned as a current book in like-new condition, making a net $1 for the troop. The troop uses these dollars to add to the library as needed or replace books when they have been revised. Your Scribe is the person responsible for maintaining your merit badge library.
If you are seriously overstocked with old merit badge books and other advancement materials, read MeritBadgeDotOrg:Site support for information on how to put them to further use.
General Merit Badge information
- An Introduction to Merit Badges – how to get started, who chooses the counselor, etc.
- Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements – with the revision dates, diagrams, charts, checklists, logs, and links you need.
- Merit Badge Application – offers online resources to let you print "Blue Cards," etc.
- Merit Badge FAQ – answers dozens of questions like: Who can be a counselor? Can requirements be added or removed?
- Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval – Certain requirements need prior approval. Most do not. Here is the list.
- Also see: List of how many boys have earned each Merit Badge – Merit Badge policies – Merit badges required for the Eagle Scout rank – Merit Badge Days
- Additionally: List of Merit Badges by Field of Study – Merit Badge Pamphlets & Libraries
- Merit Badge Counselors must complete Youth Protection Training, file an Adult Application (and Merit Badge Counselor Information Form); and be approved by the local council. (See the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors for additional details.)