Earning Merit Badges – whose responsibility is it??

As a boy hikes along his trail to Eagle, who should be making sure he stays on course?

a. The scout himself
b. His parents
c. His scout leaders
d. All of the above

I hope you answered “d”, All of the above.  By himself, the scout won’t understand the value of this achievement until much later in his life.  However his parents could and definitely his scout leaders should.  So earning merit badges is a joint responsibility of everyone involved.  Scout leaders need the support of parents and parents need the activities organized by scout leaders.  Most of all, parents and scout leaders need each boy to put in enough effort to track his own advancement, follow-up on merit badge requirements and get their blue cards turned in!

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