This merit badge checklist could be used by a scribe to keep track of which Scouts have earned which merit badges or could be used by an individual Scout.
When a Scout has completed all of the requirements for a rank, he or she must appear before a board of review. A board of review is NOT the same as a Scoutmaster Conference but just with more people.
A reader asks a question about female Scout leaders in boy troops: “Are single moms allowed to be assistant scoutmasters and go along on outings and campouts with boy Scouts BSA Troops?”
The Den Chief Award recognizes Scouts and Venturers who serve a Cub Scout den for one year, are trained, and are active members of their Troop or Crew. The award is a red, white, and blue cord, which is worn on the left shoulder under the epaulet. A certificate is also available.
Reader Shelley asked “I’m a new Troop Committee Chair and was wondering if anyone has some great questions that they ask their Scouts during their Board of Reviews?” Sometimes committee members struggle to come up with good Board of Review questions.
Every year we try to get as many parents, whether Committee members or not, together in a room for an annual troop parent meeting to try to figure out how we can help our youth carry out their ideas.