Merit Badges

Merit Badges
To earn the Eagle rank, a Scout must earn at least 21 Merit Badges, of which 13 are "Eagle-Required." Over 120 total Merit Badges are available, spanning sports, crafts, science, business, trades, and careers.
A Scout can only earn a Merit Badge with the approval of, and under the direct guidance of, a Merit Badge Counselor. Many opportunities exist to earn Merit Badges, including:
  • Troop-sponsored Merit Badges
  • Merit Badge Colleges
  • Summer Camp
  • Other occasional community Merit Badge offerings
Troop 456 coordinates and offers "Troop-Sponsored Merit Badges." We provide awareness of other offerings, but families/scouts are on their own to pursue them.

Except for summer camp, each scout must obtain a blue card signed by the scoutmaster PRIOR to beginning work on a merit badge per the guidelines in our troop handbook.

This shows intentionality and initiative on the part of the scout. Merit Badges are not earned retroactively or "by accident," but by intent. If you are going on a high adventure trip like Philmont, please review the requirements for any badges you wish to work on BEFORE you leave and make sure you get a blue card.

Retroactive credit is unfortunately not available for work done prior to obtaining a blue card (or starting a badge at summer camp).

Please see the Troop 456 handbook for additional details on the Merit Badge process.

Merit Badge Resources
             Troop 456 Merit Badge Coordinators: Mr. Schell, Mr. Banister, Mr. Hoener (Aquatics)
             Merit Badge Worksheets / References
Current Troop 456 Merit Badge Resources

Merit Badge Counselors are now being tracked in an online Google Sheet
Click here to open the sheet in a new window

Merit Badge Colleges

Merit Badge Colleges are offered occasionally on Saturdays by scouting districts in the Denver area. They provide a focused opportunity to complete (or get a great start on) 1–2 merit badges in a single day. 
Details to be added as they become available.   

Community-Hosted Merit Badges

These refer to current or forthcoming merit badges that are offered by various local community organizations.
Details to be added as they become available.

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