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Almost half of the Boy Scout [[Merit Badges]] require prior counselor approval for certain requirements. For all other requirements, ''" Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time."'' - Boy Scout Requriements p. 22.
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{{Shortcut|[[Prior Approval]]}}Almost half of the Boy Scout [[Merit Badges]] require prior counselor approval for certain requirements. The rest do not: ''" Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time...You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated—no more and no less." - [[Boy Scout Requirements]] p. 22 - 23.
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{{quote-source|'''Unless otherwise specified, work for a requirement can be started at any time'''.|[[Merit_Badge_Policies#Introduction|Merit Badge Policies]] pp.22-23}}
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[American Labor]]<br>#2, 5c, 5d
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Architecture]]<br>#3
| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Art]]<br>#2a, 2b, 4
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Astronomy]]<br>#9
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Athletics]]<br>#6b
| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Backpacking]]<br>#11b
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Citizenship in the Community]]<br>#4b, 5, 7c
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Cinematography]]<br>#3a
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Citizenship in the Nation]]<br>#6
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Communication]]<br>#5, 6, 7b
| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Computers]]<br>#6e, #7c, 7d
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| height="32" style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Emergency Preparedness]]<br>#8b, 9a
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| height="32" style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Crime Prevention]]<br>#7b
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Disabilities Awareness]]<br>#5a
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Emergency Preparedness]]<br>#8b, 9a
| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Engineering]]<br>#1
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Family Life]]<br>#4, 6a
| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[First Aid]]<br>#6c
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| height="32" style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Geocaching]]<br>#7, 8c
| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Geology]]<br>#4a, 5c
| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Geology]]<br>#4a, 5c
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Pottery]]<br>#7
| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Public Health]]<br>#5, 7
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Salesmanship]]<br>#3
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Scholarship]]<br>#4b
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" | [[Soil and Water Conservation]]<br>#7f
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==See also==
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{{Merit Badge See Also}}
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[[Category:Advancement]] [[Category:Merit Badge-related]] [[Category:Merit Badge counseling]]
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Shortcut:
Prior Approval
Almost half of the Boy Scout Merit Badges require prior counselor approval for certain requirements. The rest do not: " Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time...You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated—no more and no less." - Boy Scout Requirements p. 22 - 23.
Unless otherwise specified, work for a requirement can be started at any time.
Merit Badge Policies pp.22-23


Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval for Certain Requirements
American Heritage
#2b, 2c, 2d, 5a, 5
American Labor
#2, 5c, 5d
Architecture
#3
Art
#2a, 2b, 4
Astronomy
#9
Athletics
#6b
Backpacking
#11b
Cinematography
#3a
Citizenship in the Community
#4b, 5, 7c
Citizenship in the Nation
#6
Communication
#5, 6, 7b
Computers
#6e, #7c, 7d
Crime Prevention
#7b
Disabilities Awareness
#5a
Emergency Preparedness
#8b, 9a
Engineering
#1
Environmental Science
#3e3
Family Life
#4, 6a
First Aid
#6c
Forestry
#5
Geocaching
#7, 8c
Geology
#4a, 5c
Golf
#8
Graphic Arts
#4a
Home Repairs
#2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Indian Lore
#2b
Journalism
#3b, 3c
Mammal Study
#5
Medicine
#10
Metalwork
#5b, 3c3a
Model Design and Building
#1, 3, 4a, 4c
Oceanography
#8a, 8c
Painting
#3
Personal Fitness
#7
Pets
#1
Photography
#4a, 4b
Pioneering
#10
Pottery
#7
Public Health
#5, 7
Pulp and Paper
#7
Radio
#7
Safety
#2a
Salesmanship
#3
Scholarship
#4b
Scuba Diving
#2
Sculpture
#2c
Small-Boat Sailing
#6c
Soil and Water Conservation
#7f
Sports
#5
Surveying
#2
Welding
#6
Weather
#9a, 9b
Woodwork
#6d
     


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