Number of Merit Badges for Eagle
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Thu, 14 Dec 1995 23:02:16 -0500
Well, it seems I opened a bit of a can of worms with my comment about the
days when there were 24 MB's needed for Eagle. Let me explain myself.
When I was in Scouting there were 24 MB's for Eagle of which 10 were
required. Later Camping was added to the list and the number reduced to 21,
where it had been for most of Scouting's history (*then* I earned my
With the addition of Family Life there are now 15 required MB's for Eagle in
12 different areas. A Scout need only earn 12 of them, but must have each
area represented... IOW, there are two sets of choices: Emergency
Preparedness OR Lifesaving, and Personal Fitness OR Swimming OR Sports.
IMO, the merit badge program and the rank requirements were established to
give the individual Scout a wide range of opportunities. Now with 12
required MB's and a prevailing attitude to do only as much as required (IMO,
of course!) a Scout only has nine "opportunities" to explore different areas
of interest. IMO, this seems to send the impression that the path to Eagle
is much more rigid, especially when in many troops some non-required MB's
are earned by the unit as a whole as part of their program.
A Scout needs 12 of 15 required MB's for Eagle yet only nine of the
approximately 100 "elective" MB's.
With the emphasis now placed on Merit Badges in our summer camp programs,
which seems greater than 20 years ago, an active Scout would have no
difficulty racking up the requisite number of elective MB's.
I think, it might be a good idea to raise the total for Eagle back to 24.
Any other opinions?
Unit Commissioner, Three Fires Council, IL
I used to be a buffalo... (SR-92, working ticket)
...but I will always be an Eagle (1981)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City