Boy Scout Merit Badges

Boy Scout Merit BadgesYou 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. Use the links directly below to find help for a specific badge.

Boy Scout Merit Badges Check Off Sheet

Helps and Requirements for Boy Scout Merit Badges

  • American Business Merit Badge
  • American Cultures Merit Badge
  • American Heritage Merit Badge
  • American Labor Merit Badge
  • Animal Science Merit Badge
  • Animation Merit Badge
  • Archaeology Merit Badge
  • Archery Merit Badge
  • Architecture Merit Badge
  • Art Merit Badge
  • Astronomy Merit Badge
  • Athletics Merit Badge
  • Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge
  • Aviation Merit Badge
  • Backpacking Merit Badge
  • Basketry Merit Badge
  • Bird Study Merit Badge
  • Bugling Merit Badge
  • Camping Merit Badge
  • Canoeing Merit Badge
  • Chemistry Merit Badge
  • Chess Merit Badge
  • Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge
  • Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge
  • Citizenship in the World Merit Badge
  • Climbing Merit Badge
  • Coin Collecting Merit Badge
  • Collections Merit Badge
  • Communications Merit Badge
  • Composite Materials Merit Badge
  • Cooking Merit Badge
  • Crime Prevention Merit Badge
  • Cycling Merit Badge
  • Dentistry Merit Badge
  • Digital Technology Merit Badge
  • Disabilities Awareness Merit Badge
  • Dog Care Merit Badge
  • Drafting Merit Badge
  • Electricity Merit Badge
  • Electronics Merit Badge
  • Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge
  • Energy Merit Badge
  • Engineering Merit Badge
  • Entrepreneurship Merit Badge
  • Environmental Science Merit Badge
  • Exploration Merit Badge
  • Family Life Merit Badge
  • Farm Mechanics Merit Badge
  • Fingerprinting Merit Badge
  • Fire Safety Merit Badge
  • First Aid Merit Badge
  • Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge
  • Fishing Merit Badge
  • Fly Fishing Merit Badge
  • Forestry Merit Badge
  • Game Design Merit Badge
  • Gardening Merit Badge
  • Genealogy Merit Badge
  • Geocaching Merit Badge
  • Geology Merit Badge
  • Golf Merit Badge
  • Graphic Arts Merit Badge
  • Hiking Merit Badge
  • Home Repairs Merit Badge
  • Horsemanship Merit Badge
  • Indian Lore Merit Badge
  • Insect Study Merit Badge
  • Inventing Merit Badge
  • Journalism Merit Badge
  • Kayaking Merit Badge
  • Landscape Architecture Merit Badge
  • Law Merit Badge
  • Leatherwork Merit Badge
  • Lifesaving Merit Badge
  • Mammal Study Merit Badge
  • Medicine Merit Badge
  • Metalwork Merit Badge
  • Mining in Society Merit Badge
  • Model Design and Building Merit Badge
  • Motorboating Merit Badge
  • Moviemaking Merit Badge
  • Music Merit Badge
  • Nature Merit Badge
  • Nuclear Science Merit Badge
  • Oceanography Merit Badge
  • Orienteering Merit Badge
  • Painting Merit Badge
  • Personal Fitness Merit Badge
  • Personal Management Merit Badge
  • Pets Merit Badge
  • Photography Merit Badge
  • Pioneering Merit Badge
  • Plant Science Merit Badge
  • Plumbing Merit Badge
  • Pottery Merit Badge
  • Programming Merit Badge
  • Public Health Merit Badge
  • Public Speaking Merit Badge
  • Pulp and Paper Merit Badge
  • Radio Merit Badge
  • Railroading Merit Badge
  • Reading Merit Badge
  • Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge
  • Rifle Shooting Merit Badge
  • Robotics Merit Badge
  • Rowing Merit Badge
  • Safety Merit Badge
  • Salesmanship Merit Badge
  • Scholarship Merit Badge
  • Scouting Heritage Merit Badge
  • Scuba Diving Merit Badge
  • Sculpture Merit Badge
  • Search and Rescue Merit Badge
  • Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge
  • Signs, Signals, and Codes Merit Badge
  • Skating Merit Badge
  • Small-Boat Sailing Merit Badge
  • Snow Sports Merit Badge
  • Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge
  • Space Exploration Merit Badge
  • Sports Merit Badge
  • Stamp Collecting Merit Badge
  • Surveying Merit Badge
  • Sustainability Merit Badge
  • Swimming Merit Badge
  • Textile Merit Badge
  • Theater Merit Badge
  • Traffic Safety Merit Badge
  • Truck Transportation Merit Badge
  • Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge
  • Water Sports Merit Badge
  • Weather Merit Badge
  • Welding Merit Badge
  • Whitewater Merit Badge
  • Wilderness Survival Merit Badge
  • Wood Carving Merit Badge
  • Woodwork Merit Badge
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