The purpose of the merit badge program is to allow Scouts to examine subjects to determine if they would like to further pursue them as a career or hobby. Although merit badges may be earned at summer camp or in a class setting, in Troop 61 Scouts are also encouraged to earn merit badges by working with a Merit Badge Counselor (they do this with a buddy). This approach introduces Scouts to the life skills of contacting an adult, arranging a meeting and then demonstrating their skills, similar to a job or college interview. Parents in Troop 61 are encouraged to register as Merit Badge Counselors.

To become an Eagle Scout, a Scout must earn 21 merit badges, including 13 from a required list:

  • Camping
  • Cooking
  • Cycling or Hiking or Swimming
  • Citizenship in Society
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communications
  • Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving
  • Environmental Science or Sustainability
  • Family Life
  • First Aid
  • Personal Fitness
  • Personal Management

 FOUR Eagle required merit badges are required to become a STAR scout

SEVEN Eagle required merit badges are required to become a LIFE scout