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Merit Badge resources include the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors, Introduction, & FAQ.
The Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements include the maps, checklists and other materials you need.
Other resources include the online Merit Badge Application and Most Popular Merit Badges
Certain requirements need prior approval but most do not.


Click here for the online Merit Badge Application
Print on both sides of regular or blue paper or card stock and trim off the edges. This will print three blank forms per page. The back should line up with the front side. Ask your council what merit badge applications they will accept.


Boy Scouts and qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts may may earn any of these at any time. 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. See Merit Badge for more details.

Though it may not have been clearly stated in the past, units, districts, and local councils do not have the authority to implement a different system for merit badge approval and documentation. In any case, through the years, many councils have created new forms and approaches to the process, some including IT components. In an effort to gather and consider these potential best practices, councils are now asked to submit descriptions and copies of their blue card alternatives to the National Pilots and Program Development Department.
Guide To Advancement § 7.0.0.2 About the Application for Merit Badge (“Blue Card”).


Key Merit Badge Rules

  • "Any Boy Scout or any qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may earn any of these at any time."
  • "Your leader will give you the name of a person from a list of counselors."
  • "You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor." (youth protection buddy system - scout, friend or relative)
  • "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."
Boy Scout Requirements § Introduction to Merit Badges

See also

Boy Scout portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information


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