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Where are all ranks, awards, badges, and electives?

From the Main Page, you are no more than three clicks away from over 500 ranks, badges and awards,

Can I post your files on another web site?

No. Please link to the resources here instead of reposting them. The requirements and workbooks are constantly changing. See the MeritBadgeDotOrg:Copyright policy.

Do you have DOC, PDF, and ZIP versions of the worksheets?

Yes. Choose either Merit Badge Worksheets, Cub Scout Worksheets, or Webelos & Arrow of Light Adventures Worksheets. Then click on the links to download a single DOC or PDF file or a zip of all files. You can share these file but not post them on other sites. See the MeritBadgeDotOrg:Copyright policy.

Can I add a link to my web site?

Yes, if it meets the Criteria for acceptable external links policy. In short, a link must be to a reputable site with content appropriate for youth. The link cannot be to an answer key or cheat sheet. Help us add resource links for every requirement.

Can you help with Advancement related questions?

Yes. Here are dozens of topics taken directly from the Advancement Policies and Boy Scout Requirements:

Advancement Policies
Advancement (Report) Scouts BSA (Resources) Service Projects
Rules and Regulations First Class-First Year Eagle Scout Project
 What is Scout Spirit?  Scoutmaster Conferences Lifesaving awards
When is a Scout Active? Time Extensions Summer Camp
When is a Scout in Uniform? Boards of Review - Appeals Merit Badges, Events & FAQ
Scouts with Special Needs Advancement Campout  Cub Scouts  (Resources)
Religious Principle Courts of Honor
Books & References  12 Steps From Life to Eagle  Venturing & Sea Scouts  
Click here for Many more Advancement Policies

If new requirements are released, which requirements should I use?

The requirements listed in this Boy Scout Requirements book for rank advancement, Eagle Palms, and merit badges are the official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America and are effective Jan. 1, 2018, through Dec. 31, 2018. However, the requirements on the following pages might not match those in the Boy Scout Handbook and the merit badge pamphlets, because this publication is updated only on an annual basis. The most current and any updated merit badge requirements can be found at

When new or revised merit badge requirements appear in this Boy Scout Requirements book, any Scout beginning work on a merit badge must use the requirements as stated therein. However, if changes to merit badge requirements are introduced in a revised merit badge pamphlet or at throughout the year, then the Scout has through the end of the current calendar year to decide which set of requirements to use.

Once a Scout begins work, he may continue using the requirements he started with until completion of the badge. Alternatively, he may choose to switch to the revised requirements. Sometimes, however—especially for more significant changes—the Boy Scout Handbook, the Boy Scout Requirements book,, or official communications from the National Council may set forth a different procedure that must be used. The National Council may establish a new date for when use of the existing requirements must cease.

There is no time limit between starting and completing a badge, although a counselor may determine so much time has passed since any effort took place that the new requirements must be used.

No council, district, unit, or individual has the authority to add to, or to subtract from, any advancement or merit badge requirements. For more detailed information, see the Guide to Advancement, which is available online at [ ].

2018 Boy Scout Requirements, inside front cover

Do you have the merit badge pamphlets available on-line?

No. They are protected by copyright law. Instead our goal is to provide resource links for every requirement of every award. See Citizenship in the Nation or Radio Merit Badges for examples. Here are tips for building Merit Badge Pamphlet Libraries.

What are the latest merit badge pamphlet revision dates?

The BSA publishes a list of the latest Merit Badge Pamphlet Revision Dates in the back of every new merit badge pamphlet or requirements book. We include this on the Merit Badge revision dates page.

Is there anything I can do to help more Scouts earn merit badges?

Yes. Become a Merit Badge Counselor in your local council. Also, please help us with our goal of providing resource links for every requirement of every award.

How do I find a merit badge counselor? Do you have a list of counselors for my area?

Check with your local council.

Can you tell me how to put patches on the uniform and the merit badge sash?

See: [[Uniform]]

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