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Eagle Scout Merit Badges

Boy Scout merit badges give scouts the opportunity to investigate around 120 different areas of knowledge and skills. The merit badge program plays a major role in the scouting advancement program and participation can begin as soon as a scout registers with a troop. Each scout can explore topics from American Business to Woodworking as he has interest. The only limitations are his ambition and availability of adult merit badge counselors to offer instruction.

Merit Badges

You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 135 merit badges, and any Boy Scout or Varsity Scout, or any qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may earn any of these at any time.

Pick a Subject. Talk to your unit leader about your interests. Read the requirements of the merit badges you think might interest you, and pick one to earn. Your leader will give you the name of a person from a list of counselors. These individuals 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 Merit Badge Counselor. Get a signed Application for Merit Badge, No. 34124 or No. 34130, from your unit leader. Get in touch with the merit badge counselor and explain that you want to earn the badge. The counselor may ask to meet you to explain what is expected and to start helping you meet the requirements. You should also discuss work 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 the work you have already started or completed.

Unless otherwise specified, work on 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, schools, and public libraries have them.

Show Your Stuff. When you are ready, call the counselor again to make an appointment. 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 test you on each requirement to make sure you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required.

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

The current Boy Scout Requirements book is available from your local Scouting merchandise distributor. It may also be ordered online at www.scoutstuff.org. Merit badge requirements are revised as needed to reflect updated information and technology. Click here to view new and recently revised merit badges.

Requirements. You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated—no more and no less. You must 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.”

The requirements listed below are the current and official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America. Occasionally, the requirements will not match those in the printed Boy Scout Handbook, the annual Boy Scout Requirements book, or some merit badge pamphlets because of the timing of their printing schedules.

If a new edition of a merit badge pamphlet is introduced with updated requirements after the Boy Scout Requirements book has been released, a Scout who is starting the badge may choose to follow either set of requirements until the end of the year. At the start of the new year, Scouts who are beginning must use only the new requirements.

If a Scout has already started working on a merit badge when a new edition of the pamphlet is introduced, he may continue to use the same pamphlet and fulfill the requirements therein to earn the badge. He need not start over again with the new pamphlet and revised requirements.

There is no time limit for starting and completing a merit badge, but all work must be completed by the time a Scout turns 18.

Merit Badge Requirements

Below is a list, in alphabetical order, of all of the current merit badge subjects. Click each subject to see the requirements for that merit badge.

Attention! The requirements you see posted here are the most current, accurate, and official. This will always be the best place to find the most up-to-date requirements.

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American Business

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American Culture

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American Heritage

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American Labor

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Animal Science

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Animation

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Archaeology

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Archery

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Architecture and Landscape Architecture

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Art

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Astronomy

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Athletics

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Automotive Maintenance

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Aviation

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Backpacking

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Basketry

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Bird Study

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Bugling

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Camping

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Canoeing

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Chemistry

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Chess

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Citizenship in the Community

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Citizenship in the Nation

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Citizenship in the World

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Climbing

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Coin Collecting

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Collections

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Communication

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Composite Materials

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Cooking

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Crime Prevention

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Cycling

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Dentistry

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Digital Technology

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Disabilities Awareness

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Dog Care

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Drafting

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Electricity

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Electronics

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Emergency Preparedness

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Energy

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Engineering

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Entrepreneurship

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Environmental Science

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Family Life

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Farm Mechanics

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Fingerprinting

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Fire Safety

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First Aid

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Fish and Wildlife Management

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Fishing

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Fly-Fishing

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Forestry

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Game Design

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Gardening

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Genealogy

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Geocaching

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Geology

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Golf

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Graphic Arts

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Hiking

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Home Repairs

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Horsemanship

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Indian Lore

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Insect Study

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Inventing

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Journalism

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Kayaking

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Landscape Architecture

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Leatherwork

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Lifesaving

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Mammal Study

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Medicine

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Metalwork

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Mining in Society

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Model Design and Building

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Motorboating

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Moviemaking

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Music

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Nature

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Nuclear Science

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Oceanography

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Orienteering

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Painting

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Personal Fitness

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Personal Management

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Pets

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Photography

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Pioneering

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Plant Science

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Plumbing

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Pottery

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Programming

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Public Health

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Public Speaking

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Pulp and Paper

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Radio

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Railroading

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Reading

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Reptile and Amphibian Study

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Rifle Shooting

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Robotics

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Rowing

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Safety

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Salesmanship

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Scholarship

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Scouting Heritage

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Scuba Diving

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Sculpture

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Search and Rescue

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Shotgun Shooting

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Signs, Signals, and Codes

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Skating

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Small-Boat Sailing

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Snow Sports

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Soil and Water Conservation

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Space Exploration

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Sports

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Stamp Collecting

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Surveying

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Sustainability

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Swimming

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Textile

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Theater

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Traffic Safety

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Truck Transportation

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Veterinary Medicine

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Water Sports

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Weather

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Welding

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Whitewater

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Wilderness Survival

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Wood Carving

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Woodwork

Merit Badge Pamphlets

An official Boy Scout merit badge pamphlet has been created for the BSA by topic authorities for each merit badge. The pamphlets contain requirements, introductory information and supplemental reference text. A scout can purchase pamphlets from BSA, find them in a troop library, or often-times check them out from a public library. There is also a Requirements Booklet with a merit badge list for quick reference.

Merit Badge Counselors

Merit badge counselors are volunteers that have been selected, trained, and approved by council or district committees. They are knowledgeable in the topic and understand the goals of scouting and the Boy Scout merit badge program. Many districts have a directory of counselors. See this page for more info on becoming a merit badge counselor.

Merit Badge Process

A scout decides he would like to earn a specific merit badge. He obtains approval to begin the merit badge from his Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster identifies possible merit badge counselors. The scout identifies another scout, buddy, or family member that will be his partner to attend all meetings with the counselor to follow safe scouting guidelines. He then contacts the counselor to begin badge work. The counselor reviews the requirements with the scouts and they decide on projects to complete and a completion schedule. The counselor provides expertise, advice, guidance as needed until the scouts have completed the requirements. The merit badge counselor certifies completion of requirements and the merit badge patch is presented at a court of honor or troop meeting. See this page for more info on merit badges.

Required Merit Badges

A boy scout can begin taking merit badges as soon as he joins a troop, but no merit badges are required for advancement until he receives his First Class rank. Advancement to Star, Life, and Eagle all require completion of merit badges, service, and demonstration of responsibility. To reach Eagle rank, a scout must complete a total of at least 21 Boy Scout merit badges listing them in his handbook, 13 of which come from the Eagle-required badge list.