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Boy Scouts may work on merit badges from they time they join a Scout troop until they turn 18 years old. There is no time limit for completion of merit badges other than age 18. See the [[Merit Badge FAQ]]. [[Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval|Some Merit Badges Require Prior Approval]] before starting certain requirements. Most do not.
Boy Scouts may work on merit badges from they time they join a Scout troop until they turn 18 years old. There is no time limit for completion of merit badges other than age 18. See the [[Merit Badge FAQ]]. [[Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval|Some Merit Badges Require Prior Approval]] before starting certain requirements. Most do not.
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[[Discontinued Merit Badges]] are those merit badges that the BSA no longer support, but provide an interesting look at area of interest for scouts in the past.
 
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== Introduction ==
== Introduction ==
{{Introduction to Merit Badges}}
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== Lists of Merit Badges ==
 
{{List of Boy Scout Merit Badges}}
{{List of Boy Scout Merit Badges}}
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== Discontinued merit badges ==
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== See also ==
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== External links ==
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*[http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/merit-badge-calendar/ Release info on upcoming merit badges at Bryan on Scouting]
*[http://www.usscouts.org/advance/docs/MrDsReview.html Mr. D's Merit Badge Review]
*[http://www.usscouts.org/advance/docs/MrDsReview.html Mr. D's Merit Badge Review]
*[http://kitsapscouts.com/merit-badges/review/ David's & Jordon's Merit Badge Review]
*[http://kitsapscouts.com/merit-badges/review/ David's & Jordon's Merit Badge Review]
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[[Category:Merit badges]]

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Boy Scout Merit Badge resources include the the Merit Badge Worksheets, Online Blue Card, FAQ,
maps, charts, links, checklists, and cross-references for related Merit Badges and Scout Awards.

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Merit Badges are the second main area of the Boy Scout advancement program. Unlike ranks, there is a degree of choice in the merit badge program. A sub-group of merit badges are known as Eagle required merit badges. To earn Eagle Scout, most of these badges must be earned although some are "either/or" badges. The remainder of the badges help with earning ranks as well as Eagle Palms after the Eagle Scout award has been earned. The online Merit Badge Application is a Word doc file.

Boy Scouts may work on merit badges from they time they join a Scout troop until they turn 18 years old. There is no time limit for completion of merit badges other than age 18. See the Merit Badge FAQ. Some Merit Badges Require Prior Approval before starting certain requirements. Most do not.

Contents


Worksheet Merit Badge Worksheets
Worksheets can help you organize notes, listen actively, find resources, and document your work.


Introduction


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

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 badges you think might interest you. Pick one to earn. Your Scoutmaster will give you the 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 from your 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 to meet you to explain what is expected of you and to start helping you meet the requirements. You should also discuss work that 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 with your counselor the work that you have already started or accomplished.

Unless otherwise specified, work for 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 and school or public libraries have them. (See the list here.)

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 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 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 to your Scoutmaster so that your merit badge emblem can be secured for you.

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."

The requirements listed in this book are the official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America. 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.

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 merit badge pamphlet and fulfill the requirements therein to earn the badge. He need not start all over again with the new pamphlet and possibly revised requirements.

Boy Scout Requirements pp.22-23
Boy Scout awards are for young men not yet 18 years old. Merit badges, badges of rank, and Eagle Palms are for registered Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, or qualified Venturers. Any registered Boy Scout or Varsity Scout may earn these awards until his 18th birthday. Any Venturer who achieves the First Class rank as a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout in a troop or team may continue working for the Star, Life, and Eagle Scout ranks and Eagle Palms while registered as a Venturer up to his 18th birthday.

Youth members with special needs may work toward rank advancement after they are 18. (See section titled “Advancement for Youth Members With Special Needs,’’ page 39.)

Advancement Policies #33088, p. 24
See:Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval‎, Merit Badge Policies, and Merit Badge FAQ for more information.

Click here for the Merit Badge Worksheets.

List of current Merit Badges

The following are all the Merit Badges currently offered by the Boy Scouts of America:

  1. American Business
  2. American Cultures
  3. American Heritage
  4. American Labor
  5. Animal Science
  6. Archaeology
  7. Archery
  8. Architecture
  9. Art
  10. Astronomy
  11. Athletics
  12. Automotive Maintenance
  13. Aviation
  14. Backpacking
  15. Basketry
  16. Bird Study
  17. Bugling
  18. Camping
  19. Canoeing
  20. Chemistry
  21. Chess
  22. Cinematography
  23. Citizenship in the Community
  24. Citizenship in the Nation
  25. Citizenship in the World
  26. Climbing
  27. Coin Collecting
  28. Collections
  29. Communication
  30. Composite Materials
  31. Computers
  32. Cooking
  33. Crime Prevention
  34. Cycling
  35. Dentistry
  36. Digital Technology
  37. Disabilities Awareness
  38. Dog Care
  39. Drafting
  40. Electricity
  41. Electronics
  42. Emergency Preparedness
  43. Energy
  44. Engineering
  45. Entrepreneurship
  46. Environmental Science
  47. Family Life
  48. Farm Mechanics
  49. Fingerprinting
  50. Fire Safety
  51. First Aid
  52. Fish and Wildlife Management
  53. Fishing
  54. Fly Fishing
  55. Forestry
  56. Game Design
  57. Gardening
  58. Genealogy
  59. Geocaching
  60. Geology
  61. Golf
  62. Graphic Arts
  63. Hiking
  64. Home Repairs
  65. Horsemanship
  66. Indian Lore
  67. Insect Study
  68. Inventing
  69. Journalism
  70. Kayaking
  71. Landscape Architecture
  72. Law
  73. Leatherwork
  74. Lifesaving
  75. Mammal Study
  76. Medicine
  77. Metalwork
  78. Mining in Society
  79. Model Design and Building
  80. Motorboating
  81. Moviemaking
  82. Music
  83. Nature
  84. Nuclear Science
  85. Oceanography
  86. Orienteering
  87. Painting
  88. Personal Fitness
  89. Personal Management
  90. Pets
  91. Photography
  92. Pioneering
  93. Plant Science
  94. Plumbing
  95. Pottery
  96. Programming
  97. Public Health
  98. Public Speaking
  99. Pulp and Paper
  100. Radio
  101. Railroading
  102. Reading
  103. Reptile and Amphibian Study
  104. Rifle Shooting
  105. Robotics
  106. Rowing
  107. Safety
  108. Salesmanship
  109. Scouting Heritage
  110. Scholarship
  111. Scuba Diving
  112. Sculpture
  113. Search & Rescue
  114. Shotgun Shooting
  115. Skating
  116. Small-Boat Sailing
  117. Snow Sports
  118. Soil and Water Conservation
  119. Space Exploration
  120. Sports
  121. Stamp Collecting
  122. Surveying
  123. Sustainability
  124. Swimming
  125. Textile
  126. Theater
  127. Traffic Safety
  128. Truck Transportation
  129. Veterinary Medicine
  130. Water Sports
  131. Weather
  132. Welding
  133. Whitewater
  134. Wilderness Survival
  135. Wood Carving
  136. Woodwork

Note: Merit badges shown in bold italics are Eagle-required merit badges.


Discontinued merit badges


"Scouts may not begin working on discontinued merit badges. If actual effort has already begun by the time discontinuation becomes effective, and work actively continues, then the badge may be completed and can count toward rank advancement, but presentation of the badge itself will be subject to national inventory. It is a misconception that discontinued merit badges may be earned as long as the patch and requirements can be found."
Source: BSA Guide To Advancement, Section 7.0.4.4: Discontinued Merit Badges
Agribusiness 
Agribusiness 
Agribusiness, Farm Arrangement, Farm Arrangements, Farm Home and Its Planning, Farm Layout and Building Arrangement, Farm Records, Farm Records and Bookkeeping, Farm and Ranch Management
Animal husbandry 
Animal Industry, Beefarming, Bee Keeping, Beekeeping, First Aid to Animals, Poultry Farming, Poultry Keeping, Pigeon Raising, Beef Production, Hog Production, Hog and Pork Production, Sheep Farming, Animal Industry, Rabbit Raising, Dairying
Plant cultivation 
Agriculture, Gardening, Landscape Gardening, Food Systems, Forage Crops, Fruit Culture, Fruit and Nut Growing, Citrus Fruit Culture, Nut Culture, Corn Farming, Small Grains, Small Grains and Cereal Foods, Cotton Farming, Grasses, Legumes, and Forage Crops, Landscape Gardening, Landscaping
Arts and crafts 
Leathercraft, Leatherworking
Building 
Blacksmithing, Carpentry, Cement Work, Craftsmanship, Foundry Practice, Handicraft, Machinery, Farm Mechanics, Woodwork, Metallurgy, Metalwork, Masonry, Mechanical Drawing, Wood Turning, Painting, Plumbing, Electricity, Chemistry
Business and industry 
Bookbinding, Business, Consumer Buying, Invention, Textiles
Citizenship 
Civics, Citizenship, Citizenship in the Home, Interpreting, World Brotherhood
Communication 
Dramatics, Printing, Printing/Communication, Signaling, Wireless
Conservation 
Conservation, Conservation of Natural Resources, Soil Management, Wildlife Management
Outdoor sports 
Angling, Marksmanship, Rifle and Shotgun Shooting, Skiing, Waterskiing
Personal development 
Personal Finances, Personal Health, Physical Development, Handicapped Awareness, Handicap Awareness
Safety 
Firemanship, Safety First
Science 
Atomic Energy, Botany, First Aid to Animals, General Science, Insect Life, Mammals, Mining, Ornithology, Reptile Study, Reptiles, Rocks and Minerals, Taxidermy, Veterinary Science, Zoology
Transportation 
Automobiling 
Automobiling, Automotive Safety, Auto Mechanics
Aviation 
Aviation (original), Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, Airplane Design, Airplane Structure
Seamanship 
Seamanship

2010 Historic merit badges reissues

The following 2010 Historic (a.k.a. "Centennial") merit badges could be earned through December 31, 2010:

CarpentryPathfindingSignalingTracking


See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal

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