Merit Badges

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.

Any questions or concerns please contact the Districts Merit Badge Chair: Darrell Newcomb, 703 849-9056,


Current Merit Badge Counselors and Guidelines:

This is the  current roster of merit badge counselors.  For any recently deleted MBCs please contact the George Mason Merit Badge dean for reinstatement procedures.

Certified Merit Badge Counselors effective 08/27/2016………………….Certified_Counselors_Grouped_By_Badge

Merit Badge Guidelines effective 10/26/2011…………………………………………………140911 GeoMason Guide

There are some upcoming events where Scouts can sign off merit badge requirements.


Rocket into Scouting Launch Days will be held at several locations. For George Mason District this will be at the Annandale – Northern Virginia Community College (Soccer Field) on Saturday Oct 29, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Register at

Citizenship in the World

George Mason District will visit the Embassy of Saudi Arabia on Oct 15, 2016.





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