Merit Badge Advancement
Scouts most commonly work on Merit Badges in two ways: (besides Summer Camp)
1. By finding (on their own) an adult counselor that has registered with the Council to teach that Merit Badge, and scheduling appointments as necessary.
SCOUTS: For a list of Troop 560's counselors for the various merit badges, updated 2023, please click here . To find a merit badge counselor outside of the troop, log into https://scoutbook.scouting.org/ with your user ID and password, click on My Dashboard, Administration, your unit and scroll down the page to the MB Counselor List.
2. By signing up for a 'classroom delivered' merit badge curriculum which will take 3-6 hours on a single day. Troop 560 attends these as a group, and must provide adult leadership, typically parents of the Scouts in attendance. Locally, Troop 560 Scouts typically have opportunities to attend:
University of Iowa Merit Badge University - March 4, 2023, https://meritbadge.info/MBN2/eventdetails.aspx?id=844F002E-221F-4270-9E41-FCAD6E8A70F3 for more information
Cedar Rapids Merit Badge University - April 22, 2023, http://iowatroop37.weebly.com/cr_mbu.html for more information
Ankeny Merit Badge University (early August - no 2023 dates announced yet)
Monticello Merit Mania (November - no 2023 dates announced yet)
Online Merit Badge Worksheets,
Books, and other Information
http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/list.asp has printable merit badge worksheets for scouts to fill out at usscouts.org.
https://www.scouting.org/skills/merit-badges is the new BSA Hub for merit badge information. There is a link to a list of the over 130 merit badges available and pdf files of the each book. There's a separate link listing the eagle-required merit badges and explaining which ones are required vs choosing from 2-3 options.
https://meritbadge.info/MBN2/default.aspx is a list and map of merit badge universities throughout the country
https://www.facebook.com/iowabsameritbadgefinder/ is another resource for finding merit badge universities close to Iowa