Introduction

This web page is designed to be a resource for both the Scout and the Leader. 

To view any of this information, click on the merit badge of interest from the list below.

You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn these merit badges.  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.

 

Pick a Subject - Talk to your Scoutmaster about your interests.  Read the requirements of the merit badge you think might interest you.  Pick one to earn.  Your Scoutmaster will give you a 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. 

 

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.

 

Call the Counselor - Get a signed merit badge application, or Blue Card from the Asst. 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 you to come and see him so he can explain what he/she expects and start helping you meet the requirements. 

When you know what is expected, start to learn and do the things required.  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, call the counselor again to make an appointment to meet the requirements.  When you go take along the things you 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, or Blue Card to your Scoutmaster for his signature, so that your merit badge emblem can be secured for you. There are three (3) parts of the application, or Blue Card, the counselor, upon completion of the merit badge, retains his section.  The first section is turned in to the advancement chairman, so that the merit badge can be recorded and secured for you.  The middle section, or applicants record, is for your records.  You will need this portion of the Blue Card when you go for Eagle Scout. 

Merit badges may be worn on a merit badge sash with the BSA uniform.  Up to six (6) merit badges may be worn in rows of two (2) on the right sleeve of a long sleeved uniform shirt, starting three (3) inches (7.62 cm)  from the bottom of the cuff.  No merit badges may be worn on a short sleeved shirt.

 

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." 

Scout advancement lets you move ahead in your own way and at your own speed.  Rather than competing against others, you challenge yourself to go as far as your ambition will carry you.  Your rate of advancement depends upon interest, effort, and ability.

The requirements on the following pages might not match those in the merit badge pamphlets because the pamphlets may not have been recently revised.  The current requirements are found in the Boy Scout Requirements book. 

 

Alphabetical List of Merit Badges

(Note: The astric symbol * in front of a merit badge name marks merit badges required for Eagle.)

A

American BusinessAmerican CulturesAmerican HeritageAmerican LaborAnimal ScienceArchaeologyArcheryArchitectureArtAstronomyAthletics ,  Auto MechanicsAviation 

 

B

BackpackingBasketryBird StudyBugling 

 

C

*CampingCanoeingChemistryCinematography ,  *Citizenship in the Community ,  *Citizenship in the Nation ,  *Citizenship in the WorldClimbingCoin CollectingCollections ,  *CommunicationsComputers ,  *CookingCrime Prevention ,  *Cycling 

 

D

DentistryDisabilities AwarenessDog CareDrafting 

 

E

ElectricityElectronics ,  *Emergency PreparednessEnergyEngineeringEntrepreneurship , *Environmental Science 

 

F

*Family LifeFarm MechanicsFingerprintingFire Safety ,  *First AidFish & Wildlife ManagementFishingForestry  

 

G

GardeningGenealogyGeologyGolfGraphic Arts 

 

H

*HikingHome RepairsHorsemanship 

 

I

Indian LoreInsect Study 

 

J

Journalism 

 

L

Landscape ArchitectureLawLeatherwork ,  *Lifesaving 

 

M

Mammal StudyMedicineMetalworkModel Design and BuildingMotor boatingMusic  

 

N

Nature ,  Nuclear Science

 

O

OceanographyOrienteering 

 

P

Painting ,  *Personal Fitness ,  *Personal ManagementPetsPhotographyPioneering Plant SciencePlumbingPotteryPublic HealthPublic SpeakingPulp & Paper

 

R

RadioRailroadingReadingReptile and Amphibian StudyRifle ShootingRowing

 

S

SafetySalesmanshipScholarshipSculptureShotgun ShootingSkatingSkiingSmall Boat SailingSnow SportsSoil & Water ConservationSpace ExplorationSportsStamp CollectingSurveying ,  *Swimming

 

T

TextileTheaterTraffic SafetyTruck Transportation

 

V

Veterinary Medicine

 

W

Water skiingWeatherWhitewaterWilderness SurvivalWood CarvingWoodwork