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Patrol Leader Merit Badge Planning Guide

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Patrol Leader Merit Badge Planning Guide

*** Activities for the Youth Lead Patrol ***

Working on Merit Badge Activities can be a fascinating youth adventure when done right. Here are a few tips to help the Patrol Leader get started.


  • Scouts may never add or subtract from the actual merit badge requirements
  • This Planner is only a suggestion of different ideas to make working this Merit Badge both fun and easy.
  • While doing the Worksheet is not a requirement for earning this badge, in many cases it can help you learn key concepts and track your progress.


Introduction

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  • Do your scouts ask for more Merit Badge themed campouts and service projects?
  • How do you make your weekly patrol meetings more adventure and less like school?
  • Do you need more ideas for older scouts to teach with the EDGE method?
  • How do you make merit badges FUN?
  • How do you get scouts to self start on merit badge work?
  • See the difference between MBC lecturing youth vs youth discussing with the MBC what they learned on their own?
  • These project work great when done as part of the Boy Led Troop meetings

A. Most merit badge projects are ideally laid out as patrol sized activities. When you have too few scouts it is hard to finish the projects, and if you have too many scouts then there is not enough space or equipment and many end up just standing around. But for the typical patrol (4-10 scouts) you should find that there is plenty for everyone to become fully immersed in the activity and have fun.

B. If one or more scouts have already completed this merit badge, then assign them as APL (Assistant Patrol Leader) to help use the EDGE Method to teach on or more parts of the merit badge. Also Assign them to help plan and execute some of the extra credit projects.

BSA Guide to Advancement

Again - another argument why working on merit badges should be led forward by the scouts!


Guide to Advancement: 7.0.3.0 says: Earning merit badges should be Scout initiated, Scout researched, and Scout learned. It should be hands-on and interactive, and should not be modeled after a typical school classroom setting. Instead, it is meant to be an active program so enticing to Scouts that they will want to take responsibility for their own full participation.

2020 Covid-19 Notices

Covid-19 Notice: Many scouts and their friends have lots of "at home" free time. Individually, with a buddy or as a group - the "youth-led patrol" can work on any(!) merit badge and complete some (if not all) requirements from the safety of their home, such as researching their topic or filling out a worksheet. But scouts working together as a patrol can motivate each other to have fun and to do their best. A patrol use a video tele-conferencing platform to coordinate their efforts. And always keep your parents, merit badge counselor and scout leaders informed on your activities and progress. Good Luck and Scout on! (Scout On Through Covid-19 and Scout Service From Home) The planning guides below are suggestions and examples. We have a top priority to add more as quickly as possible!

Merit Badge Rankings

Some merit badges activities work better in different settings:

# Merit Badge Eagle Req'd Patrol Virtual Family Service STEM Field Trip Duty to God MB Day Over- Night Summer Camp Notes
001 American Business NO GREAT GREAT FAIR POOR GREAT GREAT POOR GREAT FAIR FAIR Great starter activity plan for the new Patrol Leader.
003 American Heritage NO FAIR GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR Fun for Readers
006 Animation NO GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR GREAT FAIR POOR POOR FAIR POOR See Animation Virtual Tours by BoysLife
007 Archaeology NO GREAT GREAT POOR GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR FAIR GREAT FAIR Historic Site Field Trip
008 Archery NO FAIR POOR POOR POOR FAIR GREAT POOR POOR POOR FAIR Best done at Summer Camp
010 Art NO GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT Great for the patrol leader
011 Astronomy NO GREAT FAIR GREAT POOR GREAT GREAT POOR POOR GREAT GREAT Patrol Star Party Overnighter
014 Aviation NO GREAT GREAT FAIR POOR GREAT GREAT POOR FAIR FAIR FAIR Very exciting activity.
015 Backpack No GREAT POOR POOR FAIR GREAT GREAT POOR POOR GREAT GREAT Ultimate Hi-Adventure Patrol Activity
017 Bird Study NO GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR FAIR GREAT GREAT Roadkill Patrol Top Ten - Really Cool Merit Badge Patrol Activities
018 Bugling NO FAIR FAIR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR GREAT GREAT Service Thru Music
019 Camping YES GREAT POOR GREAT GREAT FAIR FAIR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT Plan great monthly outdoor outings
020 Canoeing NO GREAT POOR FAIR POOR POOR GREAT POOR POOR GREAT GREAT Popular outdoor trek
022 Chess NO GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR GREAT FAIR POOR GREAT GREAT GREAT Popular Campfire Activity
023 Citizenship in the Community YES GREAT FAIR GREAT GREAT FAIR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR Civics Field Trip
024 Citizenship in the Nation YES GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR FAIR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR Two Field Trips
025 Citizenship in the World YES GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR FAIR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR Great Discuss Groups
026 Climbing NO GREAT POOR POOR POOR GREAT GREAT POOR POOR GREAT GREAT Awesome Patrol Hi-Adventure
031 Cooking YES GREAT FAIR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR GREAT GREAT POOR Prepare 13 Meals
041 Emergency Preparedness YES GREAT FAIR GREAT GREAT FAIR POOR GREAT FAIR POOR FAIR "Be Prepared"
051 First Aid NO GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR GREAT POOR POOR GREAT GREAT GREAT BSA's most popular badge, loaded with great patrol activities
052 Fish and Wildlife Management NO GREAT GREAT FAIR GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR FAIR GREAT GREAT Three fun outdoor activities.
053 Fishing NO GREAT POOR GREAT FAIR POOR GREAT POOR POOR GREAT GREAT Easy outdoor patrol activity.
054 Fly-Fishing NO GREAT POOR GREAT FAIR POOR GREAT POOR POOR GREAT GREAT Mountain Man Adventure.
055 Forestry NO GREAT POOR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR POOR GREAT GREAT Great outdoor fun.
058 Genealogy NO GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR FAIR POOR Needs Family & Computer Time
060 Geology NO GREAT GREAT FAIR POOR GREAT GREAT POOR GREAT GREAT GREAT Rockhounding Trek
063 Hiking YES GREAT POOR FAIR FAIR POOR GREAT POOR POOR GREAT POOR Great patrol outdoor trek activity
082 Music NO GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT Service Thru Music
087 Painting NO GREAT FAIR FAIR GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR FAIR GREAT GREAT Excellent MB to do on Eagle Scout Service Project.
091 Photography NO GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT Easy outdoor activity
092 Pioneering NO GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR POOR GREAT GREAT Great Weekend Patrol Activity for Camporee or non-summer month at a Scout Camp
100 Radio NO GREAT GREAT POOR FAIR GREAT GREAT POOR GREAT GREAT GREAT Popular Amateur Activity
101 Railroading NO GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR GREAT GREAT POOR GREAT FAIR GREAT Superb Patrol Activity for new scouts!
102 Reading NO FAIR POOR GREAT POOR GREAT FAIR GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR A Patrol Book Club?
109 Scholarship NO GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR Value education
125 Swimming NO GREAT POOR FAIR FAIR POOR GREAT POOR FAIR GREAT GREAT BSA's 2nd most popular
132 Weather NO GREAT GREAT GREAT POOR GREAT FAIR POOR GREAT FAIR GREAT Build an easy home weather station.
137 Woodwork NO GREAT POOR GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT FAIR FAIR FAIR FAIR Excellent MB to do on Eagle Scout Service Project.

Listing

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  1. American Business
  2. American Cultures
  3. American Heritage
  4. American Labor
  5. Animal Science
  6. Animation
  7. Archaeology
  8. Archery
  9. Architecture
  10. Art
  11. Astronomy
  12. Athletics
  13. Automotive Maintenance
  14. Aviation
  15. Backpacking
  16. Basketry
  17. Bird Study
  18. Bugling
  19. Camping
  20. Canoeing
  21. Chemistry
  22. Chess
  23. Citizenship in the Community
  24. Citizenship in the Nation
  25. Citizenship in the World
  26. Climbing
  27. Coin Collecting
  28. Collections
  29. Communication
  30. Composite Materials
  31. Cooking
  32. Crime Prevention
  33. Cycling
  34. Dentistry
  35. Digital Technology
  36. Disabilities Awareness
  37. Dog Care
  38. Drafting
  39. Electricty
  40. Electronics
  41. Emergency Preparedness
  42. Energy
  43. Engineering
  44. Entrepreneurship
  45. Environmental Science
  46. Exploration
  47. Family Life
  48. Farm Mechanics
  49. Fingerprinting
  50. Fire Safety
  51. First Aid
  52. Fish and Wildlife Management
  53. Fishing
  54. Fly-Fishing
  55. Forestry
  56. Game Design
  57. Gardening
  58. Genealogy
  59. Geocache
  60. Geology
  61. Golf
  62. Graphic Arts
  63. Hiking
  64. Home Repairs
  65. Horsemanship
  66. Indian Lore
  67. Insect Study
  68. Inventing
  69. Journalism
  70. Kayaking
  71. Landscape Architecture
  72. Law
  73. Leatherwork
  74. Lifesaving
  75. Mammal Study
  76. Medicine
  77. Metalwork
  78. Mining in Society
  79. Model Design and Building
  80. Motorboating
  81. Moviemaking
  82. Music
  83. Nature
  84. Nuclear Science
  85. Oceanography
  86. Orienteering
  87. Painting
  88. Personal Fitness
  89. Personal Management
  90. Pets
  91. Photography
  92. Pioneering
  93. Plant Science
  94. Plumbing
  95. Pottery
  96. Programming
  97. Public Health
  98. Public Speaking
  99. Pulp and Paper
  100. Radio
  101. Railroading
  102. Reading
  103. Reptile and Amphibian Study
  104. Rifle Shooting
  105. Robotics
  106. Rowing
  107. Safety
  108. Salesmanship
  109. Scholarship
  110. Scouting Heritage
  111. Scuba Diving
  112. Sculpture
  113. Search and Rescue
  114. Shotgun Shooting
  115. Signs, Signals and Codes
  116. Skating
  117. Small-Boat Sailing
  118. Snow Sports
  119. Soil and Water Conservation
  120. Space Exploration
  121. Sports
  122. Stamp Collecting
  123. Surveying
  124. Sustainability
  125. Swimming
  126. Textile
  127. Theater
  128. Traffic Safety
  129. Truck Transportation
  130. Veterinary Medicine
  131. Water Sports
  132. Weather
  133. Welding
  134. Whitewater
  135. Wilderness Survival
  136. Wood Carving
  137. Woodwork


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