Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Idea for new merit badge
Re: Idea for new merit badge
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Thu, 5 Aug 1999 12:40:45 -0500
>Does anyone know what the procedure is for suggesting a new merit
>badge? A friend of mine is a clown and thinks that offering a merit
>badge on clowning would be of interest to scouts. But he doesn't know
>what to do with the idea. He is a member of a local clown club and has
>some ideas as to what some of the requirements should be.
He should write a letter, inclosing the suggested requirements for the merit
badge, and a suggested design for the badge, and send it to the Director,
Boy Scout Program Division, Boy Scouts of America at the BSA's National
Office address in Irving, Texas.
Don't expect a speedy reply; the Program Division receives more than 400
merit badge suggestions each year, and they don't act upon any of them for
at least a year or two. Every two years, the Boy Scout Program Committee
goes through the merit badge suggestions and recommend to the Program Group
Director four or five merit badges; it then goes around to other parts of
the Program Group for concurrence; and then finally, it goes to the
Editorial Service to coordinate and compose the actual merit badge
requirements. The BSA's National Executive Board decides if the badge will
go or not based upon the Program Group's recommendation.
The entire process takes about three to five years.
On the other hand, if there's a lot of Scouts and Scouters that feel that
this deserves a chance (by writing to National in support of the new merit
badge) the process can go a little faster.
Hope this helps out!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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