There are 121 merit badges in the merit badge program. Each one has
a corresponding merit badge pamphlet, and the series is written with
the 12-year-old Boy Scout in mind. In addition, the pamphlets are
designed for a very broad audience of Scouts. The pamphlets are
available from Scouting retailers, or may be ordered online at www.scoutstuff.org.
To provide the Scouting experience to as many boys as possible, we
consider the diversity of the Scouts we serve regarding region,
economics, ethnicity, and social and religious background.
While the pamphlet is not required for the Scout to earn the merit
badge, it helps the counselor to know what the Scout may be studying
and the level of learning expected of the Scout. Many of the merit
badge pamphlets contain suggested projects and other activities or
demonstrations to help the Scout fulfill the requirements or to
stimulate other ideas from the Scout and his merit badge counselor.
Each book also contains a helpful resources section.
For official requirements, the current-year Boy Scout Requirements
book takes precedence. However, once a Scout has started working on a
merit badge, he may stay with the requirements in effect when he
started. He will not be required to meet newly introduced changes
unless the BSA's National Council places a specific timeline on the
implementation of new requirements.
Use the links below to visit the Merit Badge Library.
Introduction to 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.
Text List of Badges
A Text-only list of Boy Scout Merit Badges.