848 Policy - Merit Badge Age Guidelines

A scout should not go for most Eagle-required merit badges until he is First Class or nearly First Class.  Eagle MB’s take more effort and time and we’d rather the scout focus on the basic scout skills for Tenderfoot through First Class.  In addition, some merit badges take a level of maturity and fitness that is not typically found in younger scouts.  We want to ensure the scouts get the most from their merit badges and that earning them means something to them and the troop.  The troop has established the guidelines below for Eagle-required merit badges.  It takes approval of the Scoutmaster to take any of these early.  A scout can take any of the non-Eagle MB’s any time.