Virtual Merit Badge Classes
This form is for Merit Badge Counselors who are planning specific classes at specified date and time. Please fill out this form to be included on our list of virtual merit badge classes. We thank you for all you do for Scouting.
Virtual Merit Badge Counselor Standards and Best Practices
- All Youth Protection policies must be followed in a virtual teaching environment. If you need a refresher on the barriers to abuse, please visit my.scouting.org to view the training. This includes no one on one contact during electronic communication (video or written) and having a second adult leader at the course. If a female scout is part of the class, there needs to be an adult female on the course. We are working on compiling a list of volunteers willing to fill this role, but we ask that counselors work to set this up themselves to start.

- You must have the equipment, software, and capability to offer the class. The system used must allow for adequate interaction between instructor and youth. The system must ensure that the instructor can view engagement and properly view demonstrations.

- If you are offering a virtual class, please limit your class sizes to 10 Scouts to allow for adequate attention and discussion in a virtual environment.

- All classes must have a registered Merit Badge Counselor for each Merit Badge taught through the virtual course.

- Merit Badge requirements may not be altered and must be completed as written.

- Every class must have a Merit Badge Blue Card process to ensure Scouts are receiving a signed card at the end of the class. This includes ensuring that Scouts have informed their Scoutmaster that they will working on a virtual merit badge. These processes can be accomplished electronically. Here is a link to fillible PDF Blue Cards - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zMdceOkEGF8Xn0k4gaqAxjnp7Adkmk0b/view?usp=sharing

- When offering a Merit Badge class, counselors must have a system in place to track who is attending and earning the requirements. Some systems offer a sign in, otherwise a roll call is acceptable.

- There are many merit badge worksheets available online. These are intended to assist with the instruction of the merit badge and act as supplemental material. They do not replace instruction and simply completing a worksheet does not count as earning a merit badge.

- For additional resources on how to use Scoutbook to work with virtual merit badges, please see these videos https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1q-QfaM50If5Wxswu0u4J8Gpknr8xUIUC?usp=sharing
A registered, approved, and trained Merit Badge Counselor will be overseeing the instruction? *
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I have read the standards above and agree to follow the guidelines *
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