What’s Your Plan?

From: Jim Garvey
Date: Sun, Oct 9, 2016 at 6:08 PM
Subject: What’s Your Plan?

Troop – What’s your plan?

A Scout who completes 5 merit badges per year can exceed the 21 badge count – the minimum required for the rank of Eagle – in less than 5 years (typically by the end of 10th grade).

But, if you don’t have a roadmap, it can be hard to reach your destination. Scouts who have a plan can more easily achieve their Merit Badge goals. Use this form to map out your plan for earning merit badges.

As a Troop, from the standpoint of completed merit badges, we had a tremendously successful 2016 summer camp. But summer camp isn’t the only way to earn a merit badge.

Select a Badge and Find a Counselor

Some good badges to earn during the school year are those with counselors in our own Troop – see this list of Troop 410 counselors.

Or you can find a merit badge counselor on the full list of all Matinecock District merit badge counselors.

It’s also a good idea to work on some of the Eagle-required merit badges early in your Scouting career, so you can check that key achievement off your list.


Pick the badges that you would like to earn. Then put your plan and schedule on paper, and get it done.

Need a refresher on the merit badge process? Review this brief step-by-step checklist.

Also – the Advancement, Ranks and Merit Badges – Overview presentation provides additional information.

Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

Yours in Scouting,

Mr. Garvey
Advancement Chair – Troop 410
Find all advancement resources here: advancements/

PS – Parents – can you help Troop 410 as a Merit Badge counselor? Whatever your areas of expertise or interest—whether a craft, hobby, profession or life skill—you can help Troop 410 as a merit badge counselor. Contact me for more information.