Virtual Merit Badges FAQ

National BSA COVID-19 relating to Scouting Advancement


Registration FAQ

  • Each Scout will need to register on their own for the class(es) and should have the ability to join the Zoom conference via computer (webcam with audio) to be able to interact with our Counselors
  • Scouts should check each specific class for any known prerequisites that the Counselors have provided us.   
  • Counselors should cover on their during their classed any requirements that can not be done virtually and the methods for submitting them for completion.
  • Some follow-up work with the counselor following the ZOOM sessions, will be required.

Communicating with your Counselor

  • Current youth protection guidelines (two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact) will be followed by all of our merit badge counselors at all times while working with the youth and their families.
  • If the Scout needs to reach out to the counselor to submit requirements, they must copy at least one other adult.   Any communication received without such information will not be accepted or responded to. 

What do I do if I can not attend the class?

  • If you need to cancel your attendance at this class, we would encourage you to do so as soon as possible as to open up your seat in your classes to other Scouts.  Please log back into Tentaroo and drop/delete the event. 

Do I need to bring anything to the virtual class?

Yes.  As this is a Scouting event, you should be in your Scout Uniform

You also need to bring the following items with you:

  • The Merit Badge Book (that you should have read before the class)
  • All / Any pre-requisite work needed for completion.  Counselors will be available for questions, but will not be teaching the requirements - only certifiying their completions.
  • Pen & Paper

Does a Scout need a hard copy of a Blue Card when working on merit badges?

No. Since the introduction of Scoutbook, the BSA has offered Scouts two ways of recording merit badge requirement completion: The Blue Card and Scoutbook. Both remain authorized methods to record merit badge work. Scoutbook is a part of the BSA Internet Advancement system, which means that entering an advancement record in Scoutbook is the same as entering it in Internet Advancement. Anyone with a BSA member ID automatically has access to a Scoutbook account through their my.scouting account.

Can merit badge requirements be adapted since some elements can’t be completed as stated right now?

The published guidelines for the methodology of the merit badge program and the role of the merit badge counselor is found in the Guide to Advancement, Section It is important to remember that leaders and merit badge counselors must not make additions or deletions to requirements. The Scout is expected to meet the requirements as stated; however, in some cases, virtual “visits” may fulfill the intent of a requirement. When the requirement’s intent cannot be reached virtually, the requirements cannot be completed, and the Scout must wait to complete that badge/requirement. Merit badge counselors signing off on requirements must determine to the best of their ability if the Scout has demonstrated the intended outcome. All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines must be followed.