Re: Merit Badge Time Limitation
Monte Kalisch (montek@MONTEKCS.COM)
Fri, 22 Nov 1996 10:27:00 -0700
At 11:05 PM 11/21/96 -0800, Jim Lohmann wrote:
>>Is there a limit to the time you can take to earn any merit badge.
>>Also is that time period any different for the required merit badges.
>> Aaron Bretveld, Senior Patrol leader, troop 349>
>While there is no set guideline covering all merit badges, I do believe
>certain ones, such as Personal Management or Safety do have time factors
>built into them. Also, keep in mind that some counselors may have
>personal requirements with regard to the merit badge they are
>counseling. Are you writing of a specific situation, or is this just a
Jim and Aaron,
You have until the day you turn 18 to earn merit badge requirements. Once
you have completed a requirement, you don't have to do it again. For
example, let's say you complete the first requirement of Camping merit
badge when you are 11 and you don't get around to finishing it until you
are 17. That's fine. You don't have to redo the first requirement. Merit
badge counselors are NOT allowed to mandate time limits.
There are two notable exceptions: Personal Management and Family Life.
Both of these merit badges have a mandatory 90-day experience built into
the requirement. That means that if you were to start them with less than
90 days to go before you turn 18, you won't be able to complete the merit
badge and thus won't be able to earn additional ranks. These are not time
limits, though, they're just merit badges which require a certain amount of
time (think of it as these merit badges have a minimum time commitment but
NO merit badges have a maximum time commitment given that you're still
This issue has been a source of confusion for many counselors for a long
time. Counselors think they can alter the requirements to suit their
needs, and that is not true. Merit badge counselors are required to make
sure a Scout completes each and every requirement--no less and no more.
Hopefully that helps eliminate some confusion. If there's any other
questions, please let me know.
Yours in Scouting,
Ben Delatour Scout Ranch (http://www.montekcs.com/www/bdsr)
ASM Troop 191, Ft. Collins, CO
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