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Merit Badge Index


You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 100 merit badges; currently 121 to be exact.  Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time.  You don't need to have had rank advancement to be eligible.

Find Merit Badge detailed information by selecting the merit badge below.  Underneath the Merit Badge Index you will find general information about Merit Badges.


American Business American Cultures American Heritage American Labor Animal Science Archaeology
Archery Architecture Art Astronomy Athletics Auto Mechanics
Aviation Backpacking Basketry Bird Study Bugling Camping
Canoeing Chemistry Cinematography Citizenship in the Community Citizenship in the Nation Citizenship in the World
Climbing Coin Collecting Collections Communications Composite Materials Computers
Cooking Crime Prevention Cycling Dentistry Disabilities Awareness Dog Care
Drafting Electricity Electronics Emergency Preparedness Energy Engineering
Entrepreneurship Environmental Science Family Life Farm Mechanics Fingerprinting Fire Safety
First Aid Fish and Wildlife Management Fishing Fly-Fishing Forestry Gardening
Genealogy Geology Golf Graphic Arts Hiking Home Repairs
Horsemanship Indian Lore Insect Study Journalism Landscape Architecture Law
Leatherwork Lifesaving Mammal Study Medicine Metalwork Model Design & Building
Motorboating Music Nature Nuclear Science Oceanography Orienteering
Painting Personal Fitness Personal Management Pets Photography Pioneering
Plant Science Plumbing Pottery Public Health Public Speaking Pulp and Paper
Radio Railroading


Reptile & Amphibian Study

Rifle Shooting Rowing
Safety Salesmanship Scholarship Sculpture Shotgun Shooting Skating
Small-Boat Sailing

Snow Sports

Soil & Water Conservation

Space Exploration Sports Stamp Collecting
Surveying Swimming Textile Theater Traffic Safety Truck Transportation
Veterinary Medicine Water Sports Weather Whitewater Wilderness Survival Wood Crafting


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 Merit Badge Counselors or assist you in providing a local Merit Badge Counselor List. 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 you to come and see him so he can explain what he expects and start helping you meet the requirements.

When you know what is expected, start to learn and do the things required. 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. Check with the Troop 042 Librarian to obtain a current Merit Badge Pamphlet.

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."


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