Merit Badge and Advancement Procedures

Advancement/Merit Badges


Advancement at Tomahawk is held to the same standards of Scouts BSA and Northern Star Council. The include

  • LEARNING - no better place for this than at camp.

  • EXAMINATION - conducted by the unit leaders and staff

  • REVIEW - our staff can assist you in securing help for a board of review

  • RECOGNITION - If possible, plan to conduct a court of honor in camp, Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, and Life badges as well as merit badges, segments, and specialty badges are available for purchase through your Trading Post

  • RECORDED - turn in advancement records to your Trading Post.

Merit Badges

To achieve successful merit badge program, Scouts must begin prior to camp. Advanced planning will create a more effective merit badge program in your unit. Please note that we cannot make any substitution for merit badge requirements. Merit badges at camp are primarily limited to those outdoor subjects best learned at camp. Qualified camp counselors have been certified as merit badge counselors on specific topics. The unit leader's signature on the merit badge application (a potion of the merit badge card) indicated that the Scout has reviewed the requirements and is qualified to begin work on the badge.

Merit Badge Blocks

Merit Badges are offered in one of the four morning blocks; A, B, C, or D. Scouts may attend only one merit badge in a single block. Please note that some merit badges such as Cooking Merit Badge, may take up multiple blocks.

How Many Merit Badges?

  • 2-3 merit badges at camp is a challenging goal for most Scouts.

  • NOTE: Registering for numerous merit badges may deprive a Scout of the opportunity to participate in other camp activities. For a Scout to get the most benefit from a summer camping experience, they need time for many different types of activities (with their buddy, with their patrol, troop activity, and inter-troop activity). We recommend that Scouts use the Merit Badge Worksheets found at to prepare for camp.

  • Some merit badges require work beyond what can be completed at camp. These are reffered to as "Start a Badge". Most work will be completed at camp and the rest of the requirements will have to be reviewed with a counselor after camp.

  • many merit badges require hours of independent work in addition to time spent with the merit badge counselors.


Be sure that each Scout has received written proof of all advancement completed before leaving camp. This especially applies to those who have completed part of the requirements for a merit badge.

Scoutmasters will b provided with certification cards to indicate to merit badge counselors those requirements completed at the campsite (Environmental Science, Camping, etc. ). Merit Badge classes utilize the entire scheduled time. Attendance is important. Scouts must be willing to make a commitment for the entire scheduled class. If a Scout knows they will miss a merit badge class, they must inform the merit badge counselor prior to the absence to help ensure completion.

Bring a completed merit badge card for each badge a Scout plans to take. They will need these for the first day of class.

Merit Badge/Patch Sales:

  • Badge order forms will be available in the Trading Post all week and will be distributed early in the week.

  • This form is not an exact order. You will return some patches. This is an optimistic guess.

  • The badge order form must be handed in at the Thursday morning round table to guarantee your order will be ready for pick up by 2 pm on Friday afternoon. A completed advancement report will be needed for the corresponding merit badges and rank advancements upon pick up of your in your sub-camp trading post.

  • If you are a Northern star Unit and made your FOS Goal, eligible purchases will be credited.

  • The order will be charged to your unit account. The order will then be reflected on your final bill, which will be paid Saturday morning at check out.

  • If you need to make any corrections you may do so on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning at check out.

  • Badge returns are accepted at your sub-camp Trading Posts.

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