Current Merit Badges

This is an enhanced listing of the 125 current merit badges offered by the BSA. Geocaching, Inventing, Scouting Heritage and Scuba Diving were added in 2010. Bugling will be discontinued after 2010 and incorporated into Music. In addition, for the Centennial year, 4 old discontinued merit badges from 1910-11 are being offered this year only. Links will send you to a separate page listing requirements and resources, either on this site or the US Scouting Service Project. For information on the merit badge program, see the BSA Factsheet. To learn about discontinued merit badges, see Steve Henning's excellent page Merit Badges, Past and Present.

This page is currently being revised. Please pardon the two different formats.


Merit Badges Starting With "A"

 
Badge

 
Name and Links

 
Information

 
Pamphlet
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American Business Merit Badge

American Business

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Currently the least taken merit badge (539 in 2007)

Scoutnet Number: 15

Inception: 1967

Last revised: 2003

Predecessor:
Business (1911-1967)

American Business Merit Badge Pamphlet
American Cultures Merit Badge

American Cultures

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Counselor: John Tegtmeier

Scoutnet Number: 17

Inception: 1979

Last revised: 2006

American Cultures Merit Badge Pamphlet
American Heritage Merit Badge

American Heritage

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP
Scoutnet Number: 16

Inception: 1976

Last revised: 2006

American Heritage Merit Badge Pamphlet
American Labor Merit Badge

American Labor

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP
Scoutnet Number: 121

Inception: 1987

Last revised: 2006

American Labor Merit Badge Pamphlet
Animal Science Merit Badge

Animal Science

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP
Scoutnet Number: 18

Inception: 1975

Last revised: 2007

Predecessor:
Animal Industry (1928-1975)

Animal Science Merit Badge Pamphlet
Archaeology Merit Badge

Archaeology

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP
Scoutnet Number: 132

Inception: 1997

Last revised: 2007

Archaeology Merit Badge Pamphlet
Archery Merit Badge

Archery

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Offered at Waubeeka
Counselor: Lars Spalin

Scoutnet Number: 19

Inception: 1911

Last revised: 2009

Archery Merit Badge Pamphlet
Architecture Merit Badge

Architecture

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP not available
PDF Workbook at USSSP not available
Scoutnet Number: 20

Inception: 1911

Last revised: 1995

Architecture Merit Badge Pamphlet
Art Merit Badge

Art

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP
Scoutnet Number: 21

Inception: 1911

Last revised: 2007

Art Merit Badge Pamphlet
Astronomy Merit Badge

Astronomy

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Offered at Waubeeka

Scoutnet Number: 22

Inception: 1911

Last revised: 2005

Astronomy Merit Badge Pamphlet
Athletics Merit Badge

Athletics

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP
Scoutnet Number: 23

Inception: 1911

Last revised: 2007

Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet
Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge

Automotive
Maintenance

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Counselor: Charles Deschamps

Scoutnet Number: 127

Inception: 2008

Last revised: 2009

Predecessor:
Auto Mechanics (1992-2007)

Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge Pamphlet
Aviation Merit Badge

Aviation

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP
Scoutnet Number: 25

Inception: 1911- 1942
reinstated 1952

Last revised: 2007

Aviation Merit Badge Pamphlet

Merit Badges Starting With "B"

 
Badge

 
Name and Links

 
Information

 
Pamphlet
Cover

Backpacking Merit Badge

Backpacking

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Counselor: Jeff Apotheker

Scoutnet Number: 26

Inception: 1982

Last revised: 2008

Backpacking Merit Badge Pamphlet
Basketry Merit Badge

Basketry

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Offered at Waubeeka

Scoutnet Number: 27

Inception: 1927

Last revised: 2004

Predecessor:
Craftsmanship (1911-1926)

Basketry Merit Badge Pamphlet
Bird Study Merit Badge

Bird Study

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Offered at Waubeeka

Bird Study was formerly Eagle Required

Scoutnet Number: 29

Inception: 1914

Last revised: 2006

Predecessor:
Ornithology (1911-1913)

Bird Study Merit Badge Pamphlet
Bugling Merit Badge

Bugling

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Bugling will be discontinued as of 2011

Scoutnet Number: 32

Inception: 1911

Last revised: 2004

Bugling Merit Badge Pamphlet

Merit Badges Starting With "C"

 
Badge

 
Name and Links

 
Information

 
Pamphlet
Cover

Camping Merit Badge

Camping
Eagle Required

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Offered at Waubeeka
Counselors: Charles Deschamps and Jim Ryan

Scoutnet Number: 1`

Inception: 1911

Last revised: 2007

Camping Merit Badge Pamphlet
Canoeing Merit Badge

Canoeing

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Offered at Waubeeka

Scoutnet Number: 33`

Inception: 1927

Last revised: 2005

Canoeing Merit Badge Pamphlet
Chemistry Merit Badge

Chemistry

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP
Scoutnet Number: 34`

Inception: 1911

Last revised: 2006

Chemistry Merit Badge Pamphlet
Cinematography Merit Badge

Cinematography

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP
Scoutnet Number: 126

Inception: 1990

Last revised: 2009

Cinematography Merit Badge Pamphlet
Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

Citizenship in the Community
Eagle Required

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Counselor: John Tegtmeier

Scoutnet Number: 2`

Inception: 1952

Last revised: 2005

Predecessors:
Citizenship (1947-51)
Civics (1911-1946)

Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge Pamphlet
Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

Citizenship in the Nation
Eagle Required

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Counselor: John Tegtmeier

Scoutnet Number: 3`

Inception: 1951

Last revised: 2005

Predecessors:
Citizenship (1947-51)
Civics (1911-1946)

Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge Pamphlet
Citizenship in the World Merit Badge

Citizenship in the World
Eagle Required

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Counselor: John Tegtmeier

Scoutnet Number: 4`

Inception: 1972

Last revised: 2006

Predecessors:
World Brotherhood (1952-1972)

Citizenship in the World Merit Badge Pamphlet
Climbing Merit Badge

Climbing

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP

Offered at Waubeeka

Scoutnet Number: 133

Inception: 1997

Last revised: 2007

Climbing Merit Badge Pamphlet
Coin Collecting Merit Badge

Coin Collecting

Requirements at USSSP
Workbook in Word at USSSP
PDF Workbook at USSSP
Scoutnet Number: 35

Inception: 1938

Last revised: 2009

Coin Collecting Merit Badge Pamphlet

Collections Merit Badge     Communications Merit Badge     Composite Materials Merit Badge     Computers Merit Badge
Collections [128] (1991 / 2009) 4,784 100,839 6,302
Communications [5] (Eagle Required) (1965 / 2010) 53,558 1,594,030 37,953
Composite Materials [137] (2006 / 2006) 0 0 0
Computers [36] (1967 / 2010) 14,215 403,880 10,097
Cooking Merit Badge     Crime Prevention Merit Badge     Cycling Merit Badge     Dentistry Merit Badge     Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge
Cooking [38] (1911 original / 2007) 24,151 4,050,029 42,188
Crime Prevention [131] (1996 / 2006) 6,645 77,998 7,091
Cycling [39] (Alternate Eagle Required) (1911 original / 2004) 7,242 519,811 5,415
Dentistry [40] (1975 / 2007) 3,770 100,336 3,136
Disabilities Awareness [60] (1993 / 2006)
       formerly named "Handicap Awareness" (1985-1993)
3,245 71,499 5,107
Dog Care Merit Badge     Drafting Merit Badge     Electricity Merit Badge     Electronics Merit Badge     Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge
Dog Care [41] (1938 / 2004) 3,157 402,331  
Drafting [42] (1965 / 2009)
       formerly named "Mechanical Drawing" (1933-1964)
1,659 211,872  
Electricity [43] (1911 original / 2005) 11,953 708,316  
Electronics [44] (1963 / 2005) 6,219 151,445  
Emergency Preparedness [6] (Alternate Eagle Required) (1972 / 2009) 46,346 1,400,859  
Energy Merit Badge     Engineering Merit Badge     Entrepreneurship Merit Badge     Environmental Science Merit Badge     Family Life Merit Badge
Energy [45] (1976 / 2006) 3,019 50,780  
Engineering [46] (1967 / 2009) 5,164 71,851  
Entrepreneurship [134] (1997 / 2007) 1,605 7,286  
Environmental Science [7] (Eagle Required) (1972 / 2006) 67,852 2,047,670  
Family Life [129] (Eagle Required) (1991 / 2005) 52,538 670,099  
Farm Mechanics Merit Badge     Fingerprinting Merit Badge     Fire Safety Merit Badge     First Aid Merit Badge     Fish & Wildlife Management Merit Badge
Farm Mechanics [48] (1928 / 2009) 1,948 199,752  
Fingerprinting [49](1938 / 2004) 41,565 1,269,557  
Fire Safety [50] (1995 / 2005)
       formerly named "Firemanship" (1911 original - 1995)
13,261 2,476,525  
First Aid [8] (Eagle Required) (1911 original / 2008) 87,300 6,194,413  
Fish & Wildlife Management [51] (1972 / 2005)
       formerly named "Wildlife Management" (1952 - 1972)
13,676 518,464  
Fishing Merit Badge     Fly Fishing Merit Badge     Forestry Merit Badge     Gardening Merit Badge     Genealogy Merit Badge
Fishing [52] (1952 / 2003)
       formerly named "Angling" (1911 original - 1951)
27,203 1,729,285  
Fly Fishing [136] (2002 / 2002) 1,040 6,072  
Forestry [54] (1911 original / 2006) 15,123 1,011,439  
Gardening [55] (1911 original / 2003) 1,904 368,936  
Genealogy [56] (1972 / 2006) 5,704 182,825  
Geocaching Merit Badge     Geology Merit Badge     Golf Merit Badge     Graphic Arts Merit Badge     Hiking Merit Badge
Geocaching [ ] (2010 / 2010) n/a n/a  
Geology [58] (1953 / 2006)
       formerly named "Rocks and Minerals" (1937 - 1953)
18,693 449,821  
Golf [59] (1976 / 2003) 6,920 111,284  
Graphic Arts [122] (1987 / 2006) 2,024 24,477  
Hiking [61] (Alternate Eagle Required) (1921 / 2008) 8,275 1,260,055  
Home Repairs Merit Badge     Horsemanship Merit Badge     Indian Lore Merit Badge     Insect Study Merit Badge     Inventing Merit Badge
Home Repairs [62] (1943 / 2003) 4,536 2,375,764  
Horsemanship [63] (1911 original / 2004) 11,650 529,518  
Indian Lore [64] (1931 / 2009) 28,581 945,632  
Insect Study [65] (1987 / 2009)
       formerly named "Insect Life" (1923 - 1986)
1,611 139,637  
Inventing [] (2010 / 2010) n/a n/a  
Journalism Merit Badge     Landscape Architecture Merit Badge     Law Merit Badge     Leatherwork Merit Badge     Lifesaving Merit Badge
Journalism [66] (1927 / 2007) 1,428 95,984  
Landscape Architecture [67] (1967 / 2003)
       formerly named "Landscaping" (1959 - 1966)
1,927 67,684  
Law [68] (1974 / 2003) 5,666 126,244  
Leatherwork [69] (1951 / 2003)
       formerly named "Leather Work" (1928 - 1951)
56,128 1,999,215  
Lifesaving [9] (Alternate Eagle Required) (1911 original / 2009) 28,552 2,787,846  
Mammal Study Merit Badge     Medicine Merit Badge     Metalwork Merit Badge     Model Design & Building Merit Badge     Motorboating Merit Badge
Mammal Study [71] (1987 / 2004)
       formerly named "Mammals" (1972 - 1986)
29,935 939,644  
Medicine [130] (1991 / 2005) 3,396 35,956  
Metalwork [74] (1927 / 2008) 9,362 1,027,720  
Model Design & Building [75] (1963 / 2004) 2,699 195,966  
Motorboating [76] (1961 / 2009) 13,724 474,510  
Music Merit Badge     Nature Merit Badge     Nuclear Science Merit Badge     Oceanography Merit Badge     Orienteering Merit Badge
Music [77] (1911 original / 2004) 14,640 1,181,147  
Nature [78] (1952 / 2004) 15,292 1,513,229  
Nuclear Science [24] (2005 / 2005)
       formerly named "Atomic Energy" (1964 - 2004)
3,585 121,257  
Oceanography [79] (1964 / 2004) 9,472 196,045  
Orienteering [80] (1973 / 2004) 21,395 644,995  
Painting Merit Badge     Personal Fitness Merit Badge     Personal Management Merit Badge     Pets Merit Badge     Photography Merit Badge
Painting [81] (1911 original / 2009) 4,212 519,849  
Personal Fitness [10] (Eagle Required) (1952 / 2007) 54,348 1,999,108  
Personal Management [11] (Eagle Required) (1972 / 2004)
       formerly named "Personal Finances" (1962 - 1971)
51,197 1,337,868  
Pets [82] (1958 / 1995) 6,919 604,077  
Photography [83] (1911 original / 2006) 9,302 360,638  
Pioneering Merit Badge     Plant Science Merit Badge     Plumbing Merit Badge     Pottery Merit Badge     Public Health Merit Badge
Pioneering [84] (1911 original / 2006) 24,204 2,221,225  
Plant Science [85] (1974 / 2006) 900 27,794  
Plumbing [86] (1911 original / 2005) 5,949 339,034  
Pottery [87] (1927 / 2009) 9,218 298,326  
Public Health [89] (1911 original / 2006) 2,028 1,502,097  
Public Speaking Merit Badge     Pulp & Paper Merit Badge     Radio Merit Badge     Railroading Merit Badge     Reading Merit Badge
Public Speaking [90] (1932 / 2003) 4,640 584,014  
Pulp & Paper [91] (1972 / 2006) 2,878 66,357  
Radio [93] (1923 / 2009)
       formerly named "Wireless" (1919 - 1923)
4,963 114,558  
Railroading [94] (1952 / 2005) 6,922 169,984  
Reading [95] (1929 / 2004) 7,155 1,429,082  
Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge     Rifle Shooting Merit Badge     Rowing Merit Badge     Safety Merit Badge     Salesmanship Merit Badge
Reptile and Amphibian Study [96] (1993 / 2006)
       formerly named "Reptile Study" (1927 - 1993)
11,093 561,330  
Rifle Shooting [123] (1987 / 2002) 50,337 887,621  
Rowing [98] (1933 / 2007) 17,889 1,585,994  
Safety [12] (1927 / 2007)
       formerly named "Safety First" (1916 - 1926)
4,040 2,899,154  
Salesmanship [99] (1927 / 2004) 4,880 271,312  
Scholarship Merit Badge     Scouting Heritage Merit Badge     Scuba Diving Merit Badge     Sculpture Merit Badge     Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge
Scholarship [100] (1911 original / 2005) 6,496 1,218,348  
Scouting Heritage [143] (2010 / 2010) n/a n/a  
Scuba Diving [138] (2010 / 2010) n/a n/a  
Sculpture [101] (1911 original / 2008) 8,760 205,734  
Shotgun Shooting [124] (1987 / 2007) 23,562 297,987  
Skating Merit Badge     Small Boat Sailing Merit Badge     Snow Sports Merit Badge     Soil & Water Conservation Merit Badge     Space Exploration Merit Badge
Skating [103] (1973 / 2006) 3,841 147,442  
Small Boat Sailing [105] (1964 / 2005)
       formerly named "Seamanship" (1911 original - 1964)
17,224 488,909  
Snow Sports [135] (1999 / 2007) 11,734 82,547  
Soil & Water Conservation [106] (1952 / 2005) 14,426 996,068  
Space Exploration [107] (1965 / 2005) 23,155 360,255  
Sports Merit Badge     Stamp Collecting Merit Badge     Surveying Merit Badge     Swimming Merit Badge     Textile Merit Badge
Sports [13] (1972 / 2007) 12,315 1,057,236  
Stamp Collecting [108] (1931 / 2007) 1,451 379,600  
Surveying [109] (1911 original / 2005) 1,567 140,216  
Swimming [14] (Alternate Eagle Required) (1911 original / 2009) 75,796 5,626,004  
Textile [110] (1973 / 2004)
       formerly named "Textiles" (1927 - 1972)
4,173 111,360  
Theater Merit Badge     Traffic Safety Merit Badge     Truck Transportation Merit Badge     Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge     Water Skiing Merit Badge    
Theater [111] (1967 / 2005)
       formerly named "Dramatics" (1932 - 1966)
2,032 63,185  
Traffic Safety [112] (1975 / 2007)
       formerly named "Automotive Safety" (1962 - 1974)
5,576 94,588  
Truck Transportation [113] (1973 / 2006) 3,295 111,056  
Veterinary Medicine [114] (1995 / 2006)
       formerly named "First Aid to Animals" (1911 original - 1972) then
       Veterinary Science (1973 - 1995)
2,400 48,638  
Water Sports [115] (2008 / 2008)
       formerly named "Water Skiing" (1969-2007)
3,560 211,415  
Weather Merit Badge     Whitewater Merit Badge     Wilderness Survival Merit Badge     Wood Carving Merit Badge     Woodwork Merit Badge
Weather [116] (1927 / 2007) 17,223 427,010  
Whitewater [125] (1987 / 2006) 4,157 54,250  
Wilderness Survival [117] (1973 / 2008) 38,512 1,242,843  
Wood Carving [118] (1927 / 2002) 49,168 1,885,698  
Woodwork [119] (1927 / 2004) 4,990 930,452 11,631



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