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.
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.
| Merit Badge Worksheets|
Worksheets can help you organize notes, listen actively, find resources, and document your work.
| The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:|
Boy Scout Requirements, 2016 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #621535)
|— Boy Scout Requirements pp.22-23|
|— Advancement Policies #33088, p. 24|
- See:Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval, Merit Badge Policies, and Merit Badge FAQ for more information.
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Lists of Merit Badges
List of current Merit Badges
The following are all the Merit Badges currently offered by the Boy Scouts of America:
Note: Merit badges shown in bold italics are Eagle-required merit badges.
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