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Merit Badges

Any Boy Scout may earn a merit badge at any time--there is no rank advancement required to be eligible.  With more than 100 merit badges available, there is sure to be a topic to interest every scout.  When working on merit badges, Boy Scouts can learn about business, crafts, science, sports, trades and possible future careers.

For Scouting's centennial year, four historic merit badges have been reintroduced. Only during 2010, Boy Scouts can work on the Carpentry, Pathfinding, Signaling and Tracking merit badges.  To view the latest requirements for all available merit badges, visit the National Council's  Introduction to Merit Badges page.

Help is available year round and across the council at Merit Badge Skill Centers.  Please be aware that council policy states:  Attendance at a merit badge skills center does not guarantee that you will pass the requirements for the merit badge.  In accordance with the merit badge policy, a Scout must meet with a counselor to complete the merit badge requirements.

Additional Merit Badge Resources:

While not an official Boy Scout resource, US Scouting Service Project has a web page that provides some help to Scouts.  Check out US Scouting Service Project.  It may not always have the latest requirements, so compare what you have with the latest Boy Scout requirements book.

Would you like to learn more about Electronics, Computers and the Electricity merit badges?  The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) have more information at

Curious about which merit badges are most popular?  Check the Merit Badge History to find out.

The Eagle Scout Association hosts the Merit Badge Make-Up Day each August at Beaumont Scout Reservation.