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Scout merit badge (Ireland)

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Merit badges are awards earned by youth members of Scouting Ireland, the Irish national Scout organisation, based on activities within an area of study by completing a list of periodically updated requirements.

Merit badges are a universal award for achievement wihin the Scouting movement. The purpose of the merit badge programmme is to allow Scouts to examine subjects to determine if they would like to further pursue them as a career or as a vocation. Originally, the programme also introduced Scouts to the life skills of contacting an adult they hadn't met before, arranging a meeting and then demonstrating their skills, similar to a job or college interview. Increasingly, though, merit badges are earned in a class setting at troop meetings and summer camps. Many of the badges are more advanced versions of Macaoimh, (Cub Scouts), badges.

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