The merit badge program is one of Boy Scouting's basic character-developing tools. Earning merit badges gives a boy the kind of confidence that comes from learning and developing skills to achieve a goal.
Each merit badge class will have an instructor and one or more merit badge counselors (at least one for every 20 Scouts). See the volunteer page to learn more about applying to become a merit badge counselor
The PowWow classes are taught by experts in a group setting, along with merit badge counselors who work with Scouts. Remember, Scouts must complete all merit badge requirements in addition to attending group instruction.
* These merit badges have at least one requirement that must be completed before the BYU Merit Badge PowWow. Please view the worksheet beforehand to see which requirements will need extra time to complete.
PowWow Group Instruction Format and Individual Scout Support
The merit badge program is one of Boy Scouting’s basic character-developing tools. Earning merit badges gives a boy the kind of confidence that comes from learning and developing skills to achieve a goal. At this PowWow, the general format is group instruction with expert presenters accompanied by merit badge counselors who will work with the Scouts during the PowWow sessions. However, this group experience should be accompanied by parent and local unit attention to each Scout’s projects and his ability to fulfill all merit badge requirements. Attending group instruction does not, by itself, qualify a Scout for any merit badge—he must complete all merit badge requirements as well.
Merit Badge Instruction
Merit badge instruction is available to a Scout for up to three merit badges of his choice.
Before You Register a Scout
If necessary, refer to your records to make sure the Scout is not signed up for merit badges he has already earned.
After registration closes, class changes will not be allowed.
Please review the requirements for each merit badge before registering your Scout. This can be done by viewing the Merit Badges page, then clicking on the specific merit badge. Some of the requirements will be completed at the PowWow, but Scouts will need to work on a majority of the requirements at home, either before the program or as homework between sessions. Please take the time to go over the merit badge worksheets with your Scout several weeks BEFORE the PowWow so he will be prepared. A significant amount of class time will be used by the merit badge counselors to review and pass off the requirements that have been completed outside of class. There is no guarantee that a Scout will complete all requirements for a merit badge during the PowWow. If he does not, additional follow-up with your local merit badge counselor will be required.
Each Scout will need to obtain and bring the following to the PowWow (these are NOT supplied at the PowWow):
A Merit Badge Application Card for each merit badge the Scout is pursuing (available at the Utah National Parks Council Office, or possibly from your Scoutmaster). The Scoutmaster must sign these cards in advance of the PowWow.
A Merit Badge Worksheet for each merit badge the Scout is pursuing. Please print and use the merit badge worksheets from the BYU PowWow site ONLY. If others are used, we cannot guarantee the requirements will be covered by the instructor during PowWow.
Merit Badge Application Cards
In keeping with the BSA Utah National Parks Council policy, merit badges may only be issued to those who use an official BSA Merit Badge Application Card. These cards will NOT be provided at the PowWow.
PowWow Merit Badge Worksheets will not be accepted at the Council Office in place of the official Merit Badge Application Card. Each Scout will be responsible to obtain his own cards and have them signed by his Scoutmaster before the PowWow begins. Merit badge cards will be signed by PowWow merit badge counselors only if all merit badge requirements are completed. Scouts who do not complete all the requirements should take their partially completed Merit Badge Worksheets to their local leaders for completion, review, and signature.
NOTE: Please DO NOT contact the Scout office with any questions about the BYU Merit Badge PowWow. Please call the appropriate number listed below with any questions.
Monday–Friday (except holidays)
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. mountain time
Harman Continuing Education Building
770 E University Pkwy
Provo UT 8460T