Merit Badge Numbering System (BSA Advancement ID)

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Like most things in Scouting, the BSA numbering system came about to fill a need. The need was to be able to chart a Scout's progress without having to write out the full names of merit badges in very small spaces.

The first fourteen merit badges, numerically speaking, were the Eagle required merit badges at the time the numbering system originated. The Safety and Sports merit badges are no longer Eagle required while Family Life, Cycling, and Hiking have been added. The remainder of the badges are basically in alphabetical order with newer badges added at the end.

This list also includes discontinued merit badges which were part of the numbering system. These merit badges are provided for reference purposes only. Current merit badges are linked to their requirements pages, discontinued merit badges are not linked.

BSA ID Merit badge year
001 Camping 1911
002 Citizenship in the Community 1952
003 Citizenship in the Nation 1951
004 Citizenship in the World 1972
005 Communications 1965
006 Emergency Preparedness 1972
007 Environmental Science 1972
008 First Aid 1911
009 Lifesaving 1911
010 Personal Fitness 1952
011 Personal Management
012 Safety
013 Sports
014 Swimming
015 American Business
016 American Heritage
017 American Cultures
018 Animal Science
019 Archery
020 Architecture
021 Art
022 Astronomy
023 Athletics
024 Nuclear Science
025 Aviation
026 Backpacking
027 Basketry
028 Beekeeping
029 Bird Study
030 Bookbinding
031 Botany
032 Bugling
033 Canoeing
034 Chemistry
035 Coin Collecting
036 Computers
037 Consumer Buying
038 Cooking
039 Cycling
040 Dentistry
041 Dog Care
042 Drafting
043 Electricity
044 Electronics
045 Energy
046 Engineering
047 Farm and Ranch Management
048 Farm Mechanics
049 Fingerprinting
050 Fire Safety
051 Fish and Wildlife Management
052 Fishing
053 Food Systems
054 Forestry
055 Gardening
056 Genealogy
057 General Science
058 Geology
059 Golf
060 Disabilities Awareness
061 Hiking
062 Home Repairs
063 Horsemanship
064 Indian Lore
065 Insect Study
066 Journalism
067 Landscape Architecture
068 Law
069 Leatherwork
070 Machinery
071 Mammal Study
072 Masonry
073 Metals Engineering
074 Metalwork
075 Model Design and Building
076 Motorboating
077 Music
078 Nature
079 Oceanography
080 Orienteering
081 Painting
082 Pets
083 Photography
084 Pioneering
085 Plant Science
086 Plumbing
087 Pottery
088 Printing
089 Public Health
090 Public Speaking
091 Pulp and Paper
092 Rabbit Raising
093 Radio
094 Railroading
095 Reading
096 Reptile and Amphibian Study
097 Rifle and Shotgun Shooting
098 Rowing
099 Salesmanship
100 Scholarship
101 Sculpture
102 Signalling
103 Skating
104 Skiing
105 Small-Boat Sailing
106 Soil and Water Conservation
107 Space Exploration
108 Stamp Collecting
109 Surveying
110 Textile
111 Theater
112 Traffic Safety
113 Truck Transportation
114 Veterinary Medicine
115 Water Sports
116 Weather
117 Wilderness Survival
118 Wood Carving
119 Woodwork
120 Agribusiness
121 American Labor
122 Graphic Arts
123 Rifle Shooting
124 Shotgun Shooting
125 Whitewater
126 Cinematography
127 Auto Mechanics
128 Collections
129 Family Life
130 Medicine
131 Crime Prevention 1996
132 Archaeology 1997
133 Climbing 1997
134 Entrepreneurship 1997
135 Snow Sports 1999
136 Fly Fishing 2002
137 Composite Materials 2006
138 Scuba Diving 2009
139 Carpentry (Centennial merit badge) 2010
140 Pathfinding (Centennial merit badge) 2010
141 Signaling (Centennial merit badge) 2010
142 Tracking (Centennial merit badge) 2010
143 Scouting Heritage 2010
144 Inventing 2010
145 Geocaching 2010
146 Robotics 2011
147 Chess 2011
148 Welding 2012
149 Kayaking 2012
150 Search and Rescue 2012
151 Game Design 2013
152 Sustainability 2013
153 Programming 2013
154 Digital Technology 2014
155 Mining in Society 2014
156 Moviemaking 2013
157 Animation 2014 (est)
158 Signs, Signals, and Codes 2014 (est)
159 Computer-Aided Design 2015 (est)
160 Advanced Computing 2015 (est)
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