Earning merit badges should be Scout initiated, Scout researched, and Scout learned. It should be hands-on and interactive, and should not be modeled after a typical school classroom setting. Instead, it is meant to be an active program so enticing to young men that they will want to take responsibility for their own full participation.  (Guide to Advancement p.49)

 
Interested in earning a merit badge?  Here's the process!
  1. The Scout develops an interest in a merit badge and may begin working on the requirements.
    • NOTE FOR EAGLE MERIT BADGES:
      • For consistency and rigor, T216 asks that work towards Eagle merit badges should only be started after first meeting with the Eagle merit badge counselor.
  2. The Scout discusses his interest in the merit badge with the Scoutmaster and is given a signed Blue Card.
  3. The Scout checks with the Merit Badge Coordinator (listed in the Committee roster) to find out who is the merit badge counselor for the merit badge.
    • NOTE FOR EAGLE MERIT BADGES:
      • Eagle merit badges require increased commitment from both the Scout and counselor and as such typically take longer to complete.
      • For consistency and rigor, T216 uses a Primary Counselor for each Eagle merit badge.  Please speak with the Merit Badge Coordinator to get the counselors name or see the list below.  
  4. The Scout contacts the counselor.
  5. The counselor considers any work toward requirements completed prior to the initial discussion with the Scoutmaster.
  6. The Scout and the counselor meet (often several times…following 2-deep Leadership practice.)
  7. The Scout finishes the requirements.
  8. The counselor approves completion.
  9. The Scout returns the signed blue card to the Scoutmaster.
  10. The Scout will receive a signed applicant record along with the merit badge at the next scheduled Troop Court of Honor.

For more information on merit badges... 

Interested in becoming a merit badge counselor?  Here's how you can!
  1. Review BSA’s Guide for Merit Badge Counselors.
  2. Take the Merit Badge Counselor Orientation (D-76 Training). This is a one-time, in person training.  The course lasts about an hour and a half and teaches you all you need to know to be an effective, confident MB counselor. Check the Occoneechee Council calendar for training dates
  3. Fill out and submit to the Merit Badge Coordinator (listed in the Committee roster) a Merit Badge Counselor form.  (NOTE: This needs to be done annually.)

Eagle merit badges
Due to the importance of the Eagle required merit badges, T216:
  1. Uses Primary Counselors assigned to each badge so that consistency and rigor can be maintained.  
  2. Offers them throughout the year to allow time to focus on the individual badges.
  3. See the Merit Badge Coordinator to discuss alternative options.
  • Camping
Offered as needed throughout the year
Brian Cernoch
  • Citizenship in the Community 
Fall (early-November) 
Nicolle Pollaci
  • Citizenship in the Nation 
Winter (mid-February) 
Nicolle Pollaci
  • Citizenship in the World
Spring (late-March)
Nicolle Pollaci
  • Communications
Offered as needed throughout the year
Ray Pigott
  • Cooking
Offered as needed throughout the year
Dale Bullock
Brian Cernoch
  • Cycling
Fall (mid-September)
Param Singh
  • Emergency Prep
Summer Camp
Mr B. or a planned camp out
  • Environmental Science
Summer Camp
Cheryl Klassa
  • Family Life
Winter (mid-January)
Danielle Brezina
  • First Aid
Summer Camp
Dale Bullock or a planned camp out
  • Hiking
Winter (mid-December)
Mr B
  • Lifesaving
Summer Camp
  • Personal Fitness
Fall (early-October)
John Feddern
  • Personal Management
Fall
not assigned
  • Sustainability
Summer Camp
  • Swimming
Summer Camp



Merit Badge Library
Troop 216 maintains a library of merit badge books.  If a Scout is interested in borrowing one, they should see the Troop Librarian.


Merit Badge Book
Qty In stock
Animal Science 
4
Archealogy 
1
Archery 
2
Art 
3
Astronomy 
3
Athletics 
4
Aviation 
2
Backpacking 
5
Basketry 
3
Bird Study 
3
Camping
1
Canoeing
1
Chemistry 
2
Citizenship In the Community
5
Citizenship In the Nation 
4
Citizenship In the World
1
Climbing
2
Climbing 
1
Communications 
1
Computers 
2
Cooking 
4
Crime Prevention
1
Cycling 
1
Dog Care
1
Electricity
1
Electronics 
1
Emergency Preparedness
3
Energy 
4
Environmental Science 
1
Family Life 
2
Fire Safety 
2
First Aid 
8
Fish and Wildlife Management 
8
Fishing
4
Forestry 
2
Geocaching 
1
Geology 
1
Golf 
1
Home Repairs 
1
Horsemanship 
8
Indian Lore 
7
Insect Study 
9
Landscape and Architecture
1
Leatherwork 
1
Lifesaving 
5
Mammal Study 
2
Mammals 
1
Medicine 
2
Metalwork 
1
Motorboating 
1
Music and Bugling 
1
Nature 
1
Nuclear Science 
1
Oceanography 
5
Orienteering
2
Personal Fitness 
3
Personal Management 
1
Photography
1
Pioneering
13
Plumbing 
2
Pottery
3
Radio 
2
Railroading 
2
Reading 
6
Reptile and Amphibian Study 
2
Rifle Shooting 
6
Rowing 
1
Safety 
2
Scholarship 
6
Sculpture 
4
Search and Rescue 
8
Shotgun shooting
1
Skating 
4
Skiing 
4
Small-Boat Sailing
1
Snow Sports
5
Soil and Water Conservation
4
Space Exploration 
2
Sports 
1
Stamp Collecting 
1
Swimming 
1
Truck Transportation 
2
Water Sports 
1
Weather
1
Wilderness Survival
1
Wood Carving 
1
Woodwork 
1


Other Books
 
The Patrol Leader Handbook
1
Cub Scout Songbook
1
Den Chief Handbook
2
Scout Skits
1
Group Meeting Sparklers
1
Faboulous Facts about the 50 States
1
Boy Scout Requirement 95 97
1