|Merit Badges are the second main area of the Boy Scout advancement program. Unlike ranks, there is a degree of choice in the merit badge program. A sub-group of merit badges are known as Eagle required merit badges. To earn Eagle Scout, most of these badges must be earned although some are “either/or” badges.
Scouts can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as they earn merit badges. There are more than 125 merit badges. Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time – they don’t need to have had rank advancement to be eligible.
Merit badge must be completed exactly as written. For example, if a requirement uses words like “show,”
“demonstrate,” or “discuss,” then the Scout must do that. It is unacceptable to award badges on the basis
of sitting in a classroom watching demonstrations, or remaining silent during discussions.
Twice per year (in the Spring and in the Fall) we host a free Merit Badge Pow-Wow, where boys have the opportunity to earn approximately 3-merit badges each session for a total of 6 merit badges per year.
The Zion District holds monthly Merit Badge classes in Hurricane. View the 2019 schedule.
In addition, the cities of St George and Washington offers monthly low-cost merit badge classes. View City of St George Merit Badge Classes Summer 2018 schedule.
Merit badge resources
Little Valley Scouts Stake Merit Badge Counselors (COMING SOON)
Merit badge Worksheets – please note that the use of Merit Badge Worksheets are not required but are tools that can help Scouts organize notes, listen actively, and document their work. Remember that the merit badge counselor will “test the Scout individually. If a requirement uses terms like “Show”, “Demonstrate”, “Explain”, or similar terms, he must do exactly that.”