Initial Merit Badge Completion Steps
Scout gets a Scoutmaster signed Application for Merit Badge (Blue Card)
with the name of the
counselor, date badge started and merit badge on it from the
Scoutmaster before the badge is started. The Blue Card is valid for 18
months from Scoutmaster signature date.
- The Merit Badge
Counselor keeps record of requirement completions on the Blue Card until
all counselor meetings
with the Scout are complete. Once all meetings are complete, the card
is given back to the Scout either as a completion or a partial. If it
is a completion, the counselor keeps the counselor portion of the merit
badge record, otherwise the entire card is given back to the Scout with
completed requirements initialed by the Counselor.
- The Scout gives the Blue Card to the Advancement Chair, Assistant or Scoutmaster at a meeting for entry of a partial or a completion. Merit Badges should be turned in immediately to prevent issues arising from loss of a Blue Card.
Partial Completion Steps
- If the Merit Badge is a partial completion, the entire Blue Card is given back to the Scout after entry for having another Merit Badge Counselor (or an approved leader at a meeting) sign off on any outstanding requirements and the badge.
- After competing a partial, the Scout is to turn the Unit portion of the signed merit badge card back in, keeping his Applicant record.
- Once the merit badge is a completion, the signed Unit portion of the card should be turned in, the Counselor record kept by the counselor approving the badge and the Applicant portion kept by the Scout.
Note: It is the Scout’s responsibility to turn in the blue card completion or partial. If the Scout has a partial and loses the blue card before it can be recorded, the Scout will need to get a new application from us, take it to the counselor for all the approvals previously received and the bring it back for recording. Note that some Counselors assisting a Scout to complete a partial may not accept a Troopmaster record of the partial since the Blue Card is the official record.