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 02/21/2016………………………..Counselors_Grouped_By_Badge

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

Watercraft Merit Badge Counselor Qualifications – BSA Canoeing Merit Badge Counselor Certification

The NCAC Aquatics Committee is offering training sessions conducted by a BSA Aquatics Instructor where you will learn and can demonstrate your canoeing and instructional competence so you won’t have to look for that additional help any longer. This training meets the requirements for Canoeing Merit Badge Counselors listed in BSA’s Guide to Advancement.

Courses offered:

30 APR 16        1300       Camp William B. Snyder             26 APR 16  registration deadline

30 JUL 16         1300       Camp William B. Snyder             26 JUL16   registration deadline

The cost for the course is $10.00 which includes use of all paddling equipment. This training is held as an extension to BSA’s Paddle Craft Safety course. The water sessions run 1300-1700.  Wear clothes and shoes that can (and will) get wet, a towel and change of clothes, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water bottle, and lunch. Dress for the weather –bring rain gear if necessary.

Optional – bring your own paddling gear.

Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be issued a pocket card indicating that you have completed the Canoeing Merit Badge Counselor Training.

Register online at

ICE Homeland Security Investigations Merit Badge Opportunity

ICE Homeland Security Investigations is pleased to announce two exciting opportunities for scouts and explorers in the George Mason Distric and welcomes all area BSA Troops and Explorer Posts to the following events:

ICE HSI DC open House
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

ICE HSI DC Merit Badge Day
Saturday, May 14, 2016
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, HSI will host an Open House event at the ICE HSI DC field office located in Fairfax, Virginia. The open house will expose scouts to the mission of HSI and give scouts an opportunity to sign up for our upcoming Merit Badge Day (to be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016). Interested scouts will have the opportunity to sign up for the following merit badges:

  • Crime Prevention
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Fingerprinting
  • Citizenship in the World

On Saturday, May 14, 2016, HSI will host scouts for a day long Merit Badge Day event at the ICE HSI DC field office located in Fairfax, Virginia. Scouts will have the opportunity to learn more about the HSI mission, participate in law enforcement activities and complete requirements for various merit badges. Scouts that previously attended the April 27, 2016 Open House event will be able to complete the Fingerprinting and Crime Prevention merit badges (provided they complete the pre-requisites which will be discussed at the April 27th event). Scouts interested in earning the Citizenship in the World / Citizenship in the Nation merit badges will need to schedule additional appointments in order to complete all of the necessary badge requirements.

Both events will be hosted at the ICE HSI Washington D.C. field office located at 2675 Prosperity Avenue in Fairfax, Virginia. Due to our office space limitations – we will only be able to host 40 scouts. Adult leaders are welcome / encouraged to participate.

Both events to be held at ICE HSI DC field office located at
2675 Prosperity Avenue, Fairfax, Virginia 22031
Space is limited to the first 40 scouts / explorers (ages 10-17).

Adult leaders are welcome.
To RSVP – contact Special Agent Brendan Shelley at by Wednesday, April 20, 2016




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