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Merit Badge Info



There are more than 100 merit badges. Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. You don't need to have had rank advancement to be eligible.

Ways to Earn Merit Badges
You can earn merit badges in one of the following ways: Tomahawk, Merit Badge Weekends, Troop Meetings or on your own.

Pick a Subject. Talk to your Scoutmaster about your interests. Read the requirements of the merit badges you think might interest you. Pick one to earn. Your Scoutmaster will give you the name of a person from a list of counselors. These counselors have special knowledge in their merit badge subjects and are interested in helping you.

Print out the Workbook. All workbooks are located at: Merit Badge Workbooks

Scout Buddy System. You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor. This person can be another Scout, your parents or guardian, a brother or sister, a relative, or a friend.

Contact the Counselor. Get a signed blue card-merit badge application from your Scoutmaster. Get in touch with the merit badge counselor and tell him or her that you want to earn the merit badge. The counselor may ask to meet you to explain what is expected of you and to start helping you meet the requirements. You should also discuss work that you have already started or possibly completed.

At the first meeting, you and your merit badge counselor will review and may start working on the requirements. In some cases, you may share with your counselor the work that you have already started or accomplished.

Unless otherwise specified, work for a requirement can be started at any time. Ask your counselor to help you learn the things you need to know or do. You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject. Many troops and school or public libraries have them.

Show Your Stuff. When you are ready, contact the counselor again to make an appointment to meet the requirements. When you go, take along the things you have made to meet the requirements. If they are too big to move, take pictures or have an adult tell in writing what you have done. The counselor will ask you to do each requirement to make sure that you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required.

Get the Badge. When the counselor is satisfied that you have met each requirement, he or she will sign your application. Give the signed application to your Scoutmaster so that your merit badge emblem can be secured for you.

Requirements. You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated -- no more and no less. You are expected to do exactly what is stated in the requirements. If it says "show or demonstrate," that is what you must do. Just telling about it isn't enough. The same thing holds true for such words as "make," "list," "in the field," and "collect," "identify," and "label."


List of Merit Badges:

1.    American Business
2.    American Cultures
3.    American Heritage
4.    American Labor
5.    Animal Science
6.    Animation
7.    Archaeology
8.    Archery
9.    Architecture
10.    Art
11.    Astronomy
12.    Athletics
13.    Automotive Maintenance
14.    Aviation
15.    Backpacking
16.    Basketry
17.    Bird Study
18.    Bugling
19.    Camping
20.    Canoeing
21.    Chemistry
22.    Chess
23.    Citizenship in the Community
24.    Citizenship in the Nation
25.    Citizenship in the World
26.    Climbing
27.    Coin Collecting
28.    Collections
29.    Communication
30.    Composite Materials
31.    Cooking
32.    Crime Prevention
33.    Cycling
34.    Dentistry
35.    Digital Technology
36.    Disabilities Awareness
37.    Dog Care
38.    Drafting
39.    Electricity
40.    Electronics
41.    Emergency Preparedness
42.    Energy
43.    Engineering
44.    Entrepreneurship
45.    Environmental Science
46.    Exploration
47.    Family Life
48.    Farm Mechanics
49.    Fingerprinting
50.    Fire Safety
51.    First Aid
52.    Fish and Wildlife Management
53.    Fishing
54.    Fly Fishing
55.    Forestry
56.    Game Design
57.    Gardening
58.    Genealogy
59.    Geocaching
60.    Geology
61.    Golf
62.    Graphic Arts
63.    Hiking
64.    Home Repairs
65.    Horsemanship
66.    Indian Lore
67.    Insect Study
68.    Inventing
69.    Journalism
70.    Kayaking
71.    Landscape Architecture
72.    Law
73.    Leatherwork
74.    Lifesaving
75.    Mammal Study
76.    Medicine
77.    Metalwork
78.    Mining in Society
79.    Model Design and Building
80.    Motorboating
81.    Moviemaking
82.    Music
83.    Nature
84.    Nuclear Science
85.    Oceanography
86.    Orienteering
87.    Painting
88.    Personal Fitness
89.    Personal Management
90.    Pets
91.    Photography
92.    Pioneering
93.    Plant Science
94.    Plumbing
95.    Pottery
96.    Programming
97.    Public Health
98.    Public Speaking
99.    Pulp and Paper
100.    Radio
101.    Railroading
102.    Reading
103.    Reptile and Amphibian Study
104.    Rifle Shooting
105.    Robotics
106.    Rowing
107.    Safety
108.    Salesmanship
109.    Scholarship
110.    Scouting Heritage
111.    Scuba Diving
112.    Sculpture
113.    Search & Rescue
114.    Shotgun Shooting
115.    Signs, Signals, and Codes
116.    Skating
117.    Small-Boat Sailing
118.    Snow Sports
119.    Soil and Water Conservation
120.    Space Exploration
121.    Sports
122.    Stamp Collecting
123.    Surveying
124.    Sustainability
125.    Swimming
126.    Textile
127.    Theater
128.    Traffic Safety
129.    Truck Transportation
130.    Veterinary Medicine
131.    Water Sports
132.    Weather
133.    Welding
134.    Whitewater
135.    Wilderness Survival
136.    Wood Carving
137.    Woodwork