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River Trails Merit Badge Center Information

Advancement Chairman

Bill Polley


Cub Scout Advancement Workshop and Boy Scout Advancement Workshop
This is a councilwide program that provides additional support to units in assisting Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts with advancement in the program. The program is held the second Saturday of every month at the Beaumont Scout Reservation in the Emerson Center.

To sign up, contact John Williams, District Executive in Grand Towers District, at 314-256-3084.

Merit Badge Counselor Guidelines

The following guidelines for merit badges counselors are taken from the Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures handbook.

Are merit badge counselors required to be registered with the BSA?
"Persons serving as merit badge counselors must be registered as a merit badge counselor with the Boy Scouts of America. Merit badge counselors are not required to pay a fee if they are only registered as merit badge counselors."

Who approves merit badge counselors?
"All merit badge counselors must be approved by the council advancement committee."

Who may a merit badge counselor council?
"As an approved merit badge counselor may counsel any youth member, including his or her own son, ward, or relative. In meeting the purposes of the merit badge program, youth are highly encouraged to seek counselors outside of their troop."

Is group instructions allowed?
"The question arises as to whether it is permissible to have Scouts earn merit badges in groups. Many subjects may be presented to groups of Scouts without defeating one of the purposes of the merit badge plan -- working closely with a qualified adult."

What is the buddy system?
"A Scout must have a buddy with him at each meeting with a merit badge counselor. A Scout's buddy can be another Scout, a parent or guardian, a brother or sister, or relative or friend."

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