Merit Badge Submission Process – Updated January 2020
Please use the following link to pay for badges online: Badge Payment
For all questions about merit badges or additional questions not answered below –
Please contact Sally Hoyle, Badge Program Administrator at . Your question will be answered as soon as possible, recognizing that some question require research or consultation with others before a complete response can be given.
PRIMARY SUBMISSION METHOD
When you are ready to submit a badge form, pay for the badge using the online Badge Payment form link above. Once you receive the automatic e-mailed payment receipt, forward that receipt e-mail with the following attachments to :
- badge forms signed in person by an evaluator, OR
- forms for badges done on the “honor” system, along with the required log(s) and/or pictures, OR
- badge forms to be signed by via a video evaluation submission (remember to include your video links in the e-mail, any supporting logs and/or pictures, and be sure you have demonstrated or answered all the checklist items that were in bold and italicized font).
All badge forms and logs may either be scanned as a PDF or a clear/legible picture (jpg or png) of them taken for attachment to your e-mail.
For badge forms NOT signed by an in-person evaluator (i.e. distance/video evaluation) –
Send a video link to : You must send your badge form, any logs and/or pictures and a copy of your online credit card payment receipt at the same time you send your video link. Your email submission will then be forwarded to the appropriate Distance Evaluator who will review the video and determine if the requirements for the badge have been met. The evaluator will contact you if additional video or information is needed and will explain the reason it is needed. Once the evaluator determines that the badge requirements have been met she will sign the form and forward it for processing. You will receive an e-mail confirming your submission has been approved. Please do not contact any Distance Evaluator directly and request that they do an evaluation for you.
ALTERNATE SUBMISSION METHOD
If it is absolutely impossible for you to submit these forms and links electronically please mail the required documentation and your payment (check or money order, or printed copy of the online payment receipt) to
DSA Badge Program
c/o Sally Hoyle,
10080 John R St.,
Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
Video submissions can be mailed on a CD or USB stick. Be sure to include an appropriately sized and stamped self-addressed envelope if you require your electronic media be returned.
The badge forms on the web site have been revised and include a link to this page. If you print a badge form that includes information different than what is stated above please ignore what is printed on the form and follow the process as described.
Once you earn the Dog Scout Title on your dog, you are entitled to work toward a wide variety of specialty Merit Badges. From the Dog Scout badges right through all the merit badges, you will find everything you need here – requirements, badge forms, and training tips and guides.
Some require that you keep a log, some are done on the “honor” system, and most can be earned by video submission if there is not a qualified Evaluator near you. Most of all… you and your dog will have tons of FUN learning and earning!
Badges are sorted by category to make them easier to locate. There are a few badges that “fit” more than one category, and you may see one listed in various places. It is the same badge – just included in multiple categories.
Please remember… although you MAY work on criteria for any badges you wish at any time, you will NOT be able to actually receive official recognition for those badges until after you have successfully earned the Dog Scout Title on your dog.
For questions about becoming an Badge Evaluator–
For questions about becoming a Distance Evaluator –
- Dog Scout
- Community Service
- Trails & Outdoors
- Nose Work
- Competitive Sports
****List of all badges earned (current as of August 2020) – Badges Earned Master File – Excel file (.xlsx)****
Personal Badge Recording Chart
A helpful form for your own use to keep track of the badges your dog has earned
- Personal Badge Recording Sheet – Word file (.doc)
- Personal Badge Recording Sheet – Excel file (.xls)
- Personal Badge Recording Sheet – Portable Document file (.pdf)
If none of these files can be used on your system, please contact the webmaster, and we will see what we can do for you!