Scouting provides a series of surmountable obstacles and steps in overcoming them through the advancement method.The Cub Scout follows his Akela (or leader) along the advancement trail. He participates in family activities and den activities to learn new skills and hobbies. The Boy Scout plans his advancement and progresses at his own pace as he meets each challenge. The Scout is rewarded for each achievement, which helps him gain self-confidence. The steps in the advancement system help a Scout grow in self-reliance and in the ability to help others.

A special part of a Scout’s learning adventure, Boy Scouts earn merit badges and Cub Scouts earn belt loops and activity pins which are presented to a Scout when he completes the requirements for a particular subject. There are more than 50 belt loops and pins and over 100 merit badges a Scout may earn. The subject matters range from vocational and careers to introduction to personal development, hobbies, sports, high adventure, citizenship, and life-skills development.

Every belt loop and merit badge is designed to teach the Scout new skills while outwardly encouraging him to challenge himself and have fun in the process. The advancement program offers a range of difficulty over a breadth of subject matters. Boy Scouts are free to pursue any merit badge he wishes. The merit badge itself is a simple embroidered patch, but the intangible end result of earning it it that the Scout gains self-confidence from overcoming obstacles to achieve a goal.

Where to Earn Merit Badges Outside of the Troop

Scouts earn merit badges through a variety of programs, including counselors, summer camp, and special programs. Check out the list below to see what merit badges are offered through the different program Boston Minuteman Council offers.


Camp Sayre Programs

STEM Camp
Astronomy
Aviation
Electricity
Energy
Engineering
Drafting
Inventing
Robotics
Space Exploration

Boy Scout Day Camp
Archery
Swimming

December Creative Arts Camp
Full list will be available soon

Winter Camp
Full list will be available soon

Weekend Program
Every weekend at Camp Sayre, Boy Scouts have the opportunity to work on merit badges. Including working on merit badge prerequisites before Summer Camp and partial completion after Summer Camp. Scouts can have the opportunity to work with their Summer Camp merit badge counselors all year round!

Special Events

Merit Badge University at Harvard University
American Cultures
American Heritage
Architecture
Astronomy
Aviation
Chemistry
Collections
Computers
Crime Prevention
Electricity
Energy
Engineering
Entrepreneurship
Game Design
Geology
Insect Study
Journalism
Law
Medicine
Music
Oceanography
Photography
Pulp & Paper
Salesmanship
Space Exploration
Weather

Storer Specialty Weeks

Horse Week
Animal Science
Farm Mechanics
Horsemanship
Veterinary Science

Eagle Week at TL Storer Scout Reservation
Camping
Citizenship in the Community
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Communication
Cooking
Emergency Preparedness
Environmental Science
Family Life
First Aid
Personal Fitness
Personal Management
Sustainability

SCUBA Week
SCUBA

TL Storer Scout Camp

Boy Scout Summer Camp
Animal Science
Archery
Art
Basketry
Camping
Canoeing
Climbing
Cooking
Emergency Preparedness
Environmental Science
First Aid
Fish & Wildlife Management
Geology
Kayaking
Leather Working
Life Saving
Mammal Studies
Motor Boating
Nature
Orienteering
Painting
Pioneering
Reptile & Amphibian Study
Rifle
Rowing
Sculpture
Search & Rescue
Shotgun
Small Boat Sailing
Soil & Water Conservation
Swimming
Textile
Water Sports
Weather
Wilderness Survival
Woodcarving



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