Merit Badge Program
The Boy Scouts of America is a movement dedicated to supplementing and enlarging the education of youth. As a vital part of the BSA’s advancement plan, the merit badge program is one of Scouting’s basic character-building tools and plays a key role in the fulfillment of this educational commitment. There are over 100 different merit badges in the program. Without dedicated volunteers who are proficient in the subject matter of the various badges, the program will not be successful.
An important aspect of the merit badge program is the opportunity for boys to widen their contacts with other adults. Meeting with adults whom they might not be acquainted provides boys a chance to develop social skills and self-confidence in situations, which initially may cause them to be uncertain and shy. Merit badge counselors provide the means for Scouts to explore many subjects that may not be available to them otherwise. Because merit badge counselors must be proficient in the subject of the badge being worked on, the boys receive highly accurate and technical instructions while being coached on the topic.
Current Merit Badge Counselors and Guidelines:
Those Merit Badge Counselors with lapsed YPT are included as NCAC has not been able to provide the updated roster at this time. The revision will be published when available.
Certified Merit Badge Counselors effective 3/1/2014…………………140301_Certified_Counselors_By_Badge
Merit Badge Guidelines effective 10/26/2011……………………………………………….10_26_11 GeoMason Guide
Mark Grapin’s list of merit badge opportunities coming up in 2014………………………140113 Merit Badge Opportunities
Watercraft Merit Badge Counselor Qualifications
NCAC is beginning to implement 2013 Guide to Advancement watercraft merit badge counselor qualifications. First on the block, canoeing.
Counselors now: “ must have either BSA Aquatics Instructor or Canoeing Instructor certification from the American Canoe Association, American Red Cross, or equivalent; OR local councils may approve individuals previously certified as such, or trained by an instructor so qualified.”
The near-term objective is to offer ACA Instructor-led level 1 assessment sessions so current Canoeing MBCs can demonstrate their skills. Prospective Canoeing MBCs will need full ACA certification. Soon assessment dates will be offered with a $15 course fee. Camp Snyder and Silver Lake Regional Parks are the tentative sites. The George Mason Merit Badge Dean will forward information as received to those interested.
Merit Badge Counselors Needed
Merit Badge Counselors are requested for Dentistry and Sustainability. George Mason District has none now.
Any questions or concerns please contact the Districts Merit Badge Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org