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(Manassas, Virginia)
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What about Merit Badges?

Scouts may work from approximately 130 merit badge options, in subjects ranging from American Business to Woodworking.  Many cover core Scouting skills, but most are designed to introduce hobbies or careers.  There is more to merit badges than simply providing opportunities to learn skills. There is more to them than an introduction to lifetime hobbies, or the inspiration to pursue a career—though these invaluable results occur regularly. It all begins with a Scout’s initial interest and effort in a merit badge subject, followed by a discussion with the unit leader or designated assistant, continues through meetings with a counselor, and culminates in advancement and recognition. It is an uncomplicated process that gives a Scout the confidence achieved through overcoming obstacles. Social skills improve. Self-reliance develops. Examples are set and followed. And fields of study and interest are explored beyond the limits of the school classroom.

All merit badge requirements must be met while a registered Boy Scout or Varsity Scout, or a qualified Venturer or Sea Scout. Accomplishments before joining, or while a Cub Scout, do not apply.

Please find merit badge pamphlets available to read on line at

When a Scout has decided on a badge that he would like to earn, he follows these steps:
1. The Scout obtains from his Scoutmaster a signed application for merit badge (aka the blue card) and the name of one registered and approved counselor for that subject.
2. The Scout sets up and - along with another Scout, a relative, or friend - attends his first appointment with the merit badge counselor.
3. The Counselor explains the requirements for the merit badge and helps the Scout plan ways to fulfill them.
4. The Scout works on the badge requirements until he completes them, meeting with the counselor whenever necessary.

Please note these steps don't include the parents.  Parents may often want to help their son, please do so by encouraging your Scout to complete the steps above. 
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A Guide for MB Counseling.pdf  

Merit Badge Study Guides

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FishingMeritBadge.ppt Fishing Merit Badge Course  
FlyFishingMeritBadge.ppt Fly Fishing Merit Badge Course  

Troop 1188 Merit Badge Counselors

Scouts seeking a merit badge need to first discuss this with their Scoutmaster.  Counseling for Merit Badges is approved by the Bull Run District.  This list of Troop 1188 Merit Badge counselor is current from January 2017

Merit Badges                   Troop 1188 Counselors
American Business David Mills
Archery Greg Ferguson
Backpacking Tommy Reynolds Joe Steen
Bugling Randy Waddy
Camping Greg Ferguson Joe Steen Dorsey Drummond
Cit. in the Comm Dorsey Drummond
Cit. in the Nation  Dorsey Drummond David Mills
Cit. in the World Dorsey Drummond David Mills Joe Steen
Coin Collecting Chuck Wilkinson
Communication Gregory Ferguson David Mills Randy Waddy
Computers Chuck Wilkinson
Cooking Dorsey Drummond Greg Ferguson Joe Steen
Cycling <None>
Digital Technology Greg Short
Disability Awareness Dorsey Drummond
E Prep Greg Ferguson Dorsey Drummond
Env. Science <None>
Family Life Dorsey Drummond David Mills Tommy Reynolds
First Aid Dorsey Drummond
Golf Tommy Reynolds
Hiking Greg Ferguson Tommy Reynolds Joe Steen
Lifesaving Greg Ferguson
Medicine Dorsey Drummond
Orienteering Chuck Wilkinson
Personal Fitness Tommy Reynolds Randy Waddy
Personal Mgmt David Mills Tommy Reynolds Randy Waddy
Photography Chuck Wilkinson
Pioneering Chuck Wilkinson
Public Speaking Greg Ferguson David Mills
Sports David Mills Randy Waddy
Snow Sports Joe Steen
Sustainability <None>
Swimming <None>
MB in Bold are Eagle-required (some Eagle MBs are optional)