The following are the steps in the process of completing a merit badge.
Step 1: Select a badge to work on (see http://www.meritbadge.com for a selection). Check with the troop librarian to see if there is a merit badge book you can borrow. If not, purchase one from the Scout Store.
Step 2: Contact the Troop Merit Badge Coordinator (Debbie Smith firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out who are the merit badge counselors for each badge in our troop. You will need to contact the correct merit badge counselor and make sure he or she is available to help you.
Step 3: Once you find a counselor to work with you, get an "Application for Merit Badge," also called a "blue card," from your scoutmaster. There are 3 sections: “Application for Merit Badge”, “Applicant’s Record” and “Counselor’s Record”. Fill in the “Application” section, front and back. The front side needs to be signed and dated by the Scoutmaster. This ensures the Scoutmaster approves of your doing the badge. The scout holds all three parts of the blue card until he has completed all requirements for the merit badge.
Step 4: As you work on your requirements for the badge, enter the requirements you've completed in the table of the "Applicant's Record" section, and have your counselor initial them.
Step 5: When you have completed all requirements, ask your counselor to sign and date in all the appropriate places on the “Applicant’s Record” section. Have your counselor keep the "Counselor's Record" section.
Step 6: Turn in the “Application for Merit Badges” and “Applicant’s Record” sections to your Scoutmaster, who will give them to the Advancement Chair. The Advancement Chair will enter it into the advancement report with Council and purchase the merit badge to be presented to you at the next Court of Honor. The “Applicant’s Record” portion of the blue card is returned to the scout at the Court of Honor with the merit badge.
Important:Keep the "Applicant's Record" section in a safe place (like your notebook). If there is ever any question of your having completed the badge, you will need to show this record.
NOTE: Merit Badge Mondays are typically held in Jan/Feb. The Merit Badge counselor will inform all scouts of what badges are offered and what counselor is teaching them.