Merit Badges
You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 135 merit badges, and any Boy Scout or Varsity Scout, or any qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may earn any of these at any time.

Pick a Subject. Talk to your unit leader about your interests. Read the requirements of the merit badges you think might interest you, and pick one to earn. Your leader will give you the name of a person from a list of counselors. These individuals 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 Merit Badge Counselor. Get a signed Application for Merit Badge, No. 34124 or No. 34130, from your unit leader. Get in touch with the merit badge counselor and explain that you want to earn the badge. The counselor may ask to meet you to explain what is expected and to start helping you meet the requirements. You should also discuss work 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 the work you have already started or completed.

Unless otherwise specified, work on 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, schools, and public libraries have them.

Show Your Stuff. When you are ready, call the counselor again to make an appointment. 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 test you on each requirement to make sure you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required.

Get the Badge. When the counselor is satisfied you have met each requirement, he or she will sign your application. Give the signed application to your unit leader so your merit badge emblem can be secured for you.

The current Boy Scout Requirements book is available from your local Scouting merchandise distributor. It may also be ordered online at ScoutStuff.org.

Merit badge requirements are revised as needed to reflect updated information and technology. Click here to view new and recently revised merit badges.

Requirements. 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. 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 below are the current and official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America. Occasionally, the requirements will not match those in the printed Boy Scout Handbook, the annual Boy Scout Requirements book, or some merit badge pamphlets because of the timing of their printing schedules.

If a new edition of a merit badge pamphlet is introduced with updated requirements after the Boy Scout Requirements book has been released, a Scout who is starting the badge may choose to follow either set of requirements until the end of the year. At the start of the new year, Scouts who are beginning must use only the new requirements.

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

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.

Merit Badge Requirements
Below is a list, in alphabetical order, of all of the current merit badge subjects. Click each subject to see the requirements for that merit badge.

The requirements posted here are the most current, accurate, and official. This will always be the best place to find the most up-to-date requirements.

 

Merit Badges

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

 As of December 1, 2018    
Merit Badges Counselor Contact Information

American Business

Chris Deem chrisbdeem@gmail.com
American Cultures    
American Heritage Chris Deem chrisbdeem@gmail.com
American Labor Chris Deem chrisbdeem@gmail.com
Animal Science    
Animation    
Archaeology    
Archery    
Architecture and Landscape Architecture Melissa Paul Leto melissapaulleto@gmail.com
Art Rebecca Deem redeem101@gmail.com
Astronomy    
Athletics    
Automotive Maintenance    
Aviation    

Backpacking

   
Basketry    
Bird Study    
Bugling    

Camping

Edwin DuPont
Joe Grobarek
edwin.dupont@yahoo.com
Jgrobarek@aol.com
Canoeing    
Chemistry    
Chess Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
Citizenship in the Community Chris Deem
Edwin DuPont
chrisbdeem@gmail.com
edwin.dupont@yahoo.com
Citizenship in the Nation* Chris Deem
Edwin DuPont
Mike Gallaher
chrisbdeem@gmail.com
edwin.dupont@yahoo.com
mgallaher.esq@gmail.com
Citizenship in the World* Chris Deem
Edwin DuPont
Mike Gallaher
chrisbdeem@gmail.com
edwin.dupont@yahoo.com
mgallaher.esq@gmail.com
Climbing    
Coin Collecting Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
Collections    
Communication* Mike Gallaher mgallaher.esq@gmail.com
Composite Materials    
Cooking* Edwin DuPont
Dan Hatch
edwin.dupont@yahoo.com
chefdanhatch@yahoo.com
Crime Prevention    
Cycling    

Dentistry

   
Digital Technology Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
Disabilities Awareness    
Dog Care Rebecca Deem redeem101@gmail.com
Drafting Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com

Electricity

Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
Electronics Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
Emergency Preparedness* Albert Pena albertpena2014@gmail.com
Energy    
Engineering    
Entrepreneurship    
Environmental Science* Edwin DuPont edwin.dupont@yahoo.com
Exploration    

Family Life

Edwin DuPont
Joe Grobarek
edwin.dupont@yahoo.com
Jgrobarek@aol.com
Farm Mechanics    
Fingerprinting    
Fire Safety    
First Aid* Edwin DuPont
Joe Grobarek
edwin.dupont@yahoo.com
Jgrobarek@aol.com
Fish and Wildlife Management    
Fishing Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
Fly-Fishing Joe Grobarek Jgrobarek@aol.com
Forestry    

Game Design

   
Gardening Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
 Genealogy    
Geocaching Rebecca Deem redeem101@gmail.com
Geology    
Golf    
Graphic Arts    

Hiking

   
Home Repairs Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
 Horsemanship    

 Indian Lore

   
 Insect Study    
 Inventing    

 Journalism

   

 Kayaking

   

 Landscape Architecture

 Melissa Paul Leto melissapaulleto@gmail.com
Law Mike Gallaher Esq. mgallaher.esq@gmail.com
Leatherwork    
 Lifesaving    

 Mammal Study

   
 Medicine    
 Metalwork    
 Mining in Society    
 Model Design and Building    
 Motorboating    
 Movie making    
 Music    

 Nature

   
 Nuclear Science  Edwin DuPont  edwin.dupont@yahoo.com

 Oceanography

   
 Orienteering    

 Painting

 Rebecca Deem redeem101@gmail.com
 Personal Fitness*  Rory DuPont

Joe Grobarek

 Personal Management Rebecca Deem

Rory DuPont

Joe Grobarek

 Pets    

 

 Photography    
 Pioneering    
 Plant Science    
 Plumbing    
 Pottery    
 Programming  Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
 Public Health    
 Public Speaking    
 Pulp and Paper    

 Radio

 Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
 Railroading    
 Reading  Rebecca Deem redeem101@gmail.com
 Reptile and Amphibian Study    
 Rifle Shooting    
 Robotics  Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
 Rowing    

 Safety

   
 Salesmanship    
 Scholarship    
 Scouting Heritage    
 Scuba Diving    
 Sculpture  Rebecca Deem redeem101@gmail.com
 Search and Rescue    
 Shotgun Shooting    
 Signs, Signals, and Codes    
 Skating    
 Small-Boat Sailing  Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
 Snow Sports    
Soil and Water Conservation    
Space Exploration
Sports    
Stamp Collecting    
Surveying Melissa Paul Leto melissapaulleto@gmail.com
Sustainability    
Swimming Edwin DuPont edwin.dupont@yahoo.com

Textile

   
Theater    
Traffic Safety    
Truck Transportation    

Veterinary Medicine

   

Water Sports

   
Weather    
Welding Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
Whitewater    
Wilderness Survival    
Wood Carving Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com
Woodworking Robert Henkel henkel100@gmail.com