Boy Scouts of America 100 year aniversary

Boy Scout Troop 84

Somerville, New Jersey

Merit Badges

 

The Idea behind Merit Badges.

You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn 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 or other relative, or a friend.

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.

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.

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.)

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 publication 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 should 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.

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.

Resources

Introductory Guide for Merit Badge Counselors

Eagle Required Merit Badges

  • First Aid
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communications
  • Personal Fitness
  • Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving *
  • Environmental Science
  • Personal Management
  • Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling *
  • Camping, and
  • Family Life

* You only need one of the merit badges on this line. If you earn more than one the other(s) will count towards the 21 total merit badges required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

American Business
American Business
American Culture
American Cultures
American Heritage
American Heritage
American Labor
American Labor
Animal Science
Animal Science
Archaeology
Archaeology
Archery
Archery
Architecture
Architecture
art
Art
Astronomy
Astronomy
atheletics
Athletics
Automotive Maintenance
Automotive Maintenance
aviation
Aviation
backpacking
Backpacking
basketry
Basketry
bird studies
Bird Study
camping
Camping
canoeing
Canoeing
carpentry
 Carpentry
chemistry
Chemistry
cinematography
Cinematography
citizinship of the community
Citizenship in the Community
citizenship of the nation
Citizenship in the Nation
citizenship of the world
Citizenship in the World
climbing
Climbing
coin collecting
Coin Collecting
collections
Collections
communications
Communication
composite materials
Composite Materials
computers
Computers
cooking
Cooking
crime prevention
Crime Prevention
cycling
Cycling
dentistry
Dentistry
disability awareness
Disabilities Awareness
dog care
Dog Care
drafting
Drafting
electricity
Electricity
electronics
Electronics
emergency preparedness
Emergency Preparedness
energy
Energy
engineering
Engineering
entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
environmental science
Environmental Science
family life
Family Life
farm machinery
Farm Mechanics
fingerprinting
Fingerprinting
fire safety
Fire Safety
first aid
First Aid
fish & wildlife management
Fish and Wildlife Managemen
fishing
Fishing
fly fishing
Fly-Fishing
forestry
Forestry
gardening
Gardening
geneology
Genealogy
geology
Geology
golf
Golf
graphic arts
Graphic Arts
hiking
Hiking
home repairs
Home Repairs
horsemanship
Horsemanship
indian lore
Indian Lore
insect study
Insect Study
inventing
Inventing
journalism
Journalism
landscape architecture
Landscape Architecture
law
Law
leatherwork
Leatherwork
lifesaving
Lifesaving
mammal studies
Mammal Study
medicine
Medicine
metal work
Metalwork
model design & building
Model Design and Building
motorboating
Motorboating
music
Music
nature
Nature
nuclear science
Nuclear Science
oceanography
Oceanography
orienteering
Orienteering
painting
Painting

pathfinding
Pathfinding

personal fitness
Personal Fitness
personal management
Personal Management
pets
Pets
photography
Photography
pioneering
Pioneering
plant science
Plant Science
plumbing
Plumbing
pottery
Pottery
public heath
Public Health
public speaking
Public Speaking
pulp and paper
Pulp and Paper
radio
Radio
railroading
Railroading
reading
Reading
reptile and amphibian study
Reptile and Amphibian Study
rifle shooting
Rifle Shooting
rowing
Rowing
safety
Safety
salesmanship
Salesmanship
scholarship
Scholarship
scouting heritage
Scouting Heritage
scuba diving
Scuba Diving
sculpture
Sculpture
shotgun shooting
Shotgun Shooting
soil and water conservation
Soil and Water Conservation
signaling
Signaling
skating
Skating
small boat sailing
Small-Boat Sailing
snow sports
Snow Sports
space exploration
Space Exploration
sports
Sports
stamp collecting
Stamp Collecting
surveying
Surveying
swimming
Swimming
textile
Textile

theater
Theater

tracking
Tracking
traffic safety
Traffic Safety
truck transportation
Truck Transportation
water sports
Water Sports
veterinary medicine
Veterinary Medicine
weather
Weather
whitewater
Whitewater
wilderness surviival
Wilderness Survival
wood carving
Wood Carving
woodwork
Woodwork

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