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Merit Badge And Rank Advancement

 

Updated: Thursday, March 02, 2017

   

Want to start working on a merit badge?
Check out Steps to a Merit Badge

Blue CardApplication for Merit Badge
Better known as the "blue card," this blue wallet-sized card shows that the Scout has permission to start working on a particular merit badge, records his progress, and, when completed, provides a separate record for the Scout, the counselor, and the unit.

Working on a merit badge?

Introduction to Merit BadgesMerit Badge Review
There are 138 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 .

While the pamphlet is not required for the Scout to earn the merit badge, many of the merit badge pamphlets contain suggested projects and other activities or demonstrations to help the Scout fulfill the requirements.

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Merit Badge Requirements
Below is a list, in alphabetical order, of all of the current merit badges. Those in bold font are required for the rank of Eagle. Click each merit badge to see the corresponding requirements.

American Business

American Cultures

American Heritage

American Labor

Animal Science

Animation

Archaeology

Archery

Architecture

Art

Astronomy

Athletics

Automotive Maintenance

Aviation

Backpacking

Basketry

Bird Study

Bugling

Camping

Canoeing

Chemistry

Chess

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

Digital Technology

Disabilities Awareness

Dog Care

Drafting

Electricity

Electronics

Emergency Preparedness

Energy

Engineering

Entrepreneurship

Environmental Science

Exploration

Family Life

Farm Mechanics

Fingerprinting

Fire Safety

First Aid

Fish and Wildlife

Fishing

Fly-Fishing

Forestry

Game Design

Gardening

Genealogy

Geocaching

Geology

Golf

Graphic Arts

Hiking

Home Repairs

Horsemanship

Indian Lore

Insect Study

Inventing

Journalism

Kayaking

Landscape Architecture

Law

Leatherwork

Lifesaving

Mammal Study

Medicine

Metalwork

Mining in Society

Model Design and Building

Motorboating

Moviemaking

Music

Nature

Nuclear Science

Oceanography

Orienteering

Painting

Personal Fitness

Personal Management

Pets

Photography

Pioneering

Plant Science

Plumbing

Pottery

Programming

Public Health

Public Speaking

Pulp and Paper

Radio

Railroading

Reading

Reptile and Amphibian

Rifle Shooting

Robotics

Rowing

Safety

Salesmanship

Scholarship

Scouting Heritage

Scuba Diving

Sculpture

Search and Rescue

Shotgun Shooting

Signs, Signals and Codes

Skating

Small-Boat Sailing

Snow Sports

Soil and Water Conservation

Space Exploration

Sports

Stamp Collecting

Surveying

Sustainability

Swimming

Textile

Theater

Traffic Safety

Truck Transportation

Veterinary Medicine

Water Sports

Weather

Welding

Whitewater

Wilderness Survival

Wood Carving

Woodwork
Just how hard is that merit badge? What are the prerequisites? How long will it take? Check out Mr. D's Merit Badge Review
Want to be a Merit Badge Counselor?    Learn more...   Guide...   Application...

(***NOTE: Completed applications should be given to Kelly Reuter ***)

Eagle Scout Resources

Rank Application
Eagle Scout patch
Eagle Rank Requirements
  • Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 6 months as a Life Scout.
  • Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  • Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the 13 Eagle required badges.
  • While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of 6 months in a leadership position of responsibility.
  • While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community.
  • Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  • Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.

Eagle Scout Information

Service projects are required for Second Class, Star, Life, and Eagle rank advancement.

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