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.
Pick a Subject. Talk to your Scoutmaster about your interests. Read the requirements of the merit badges you think might interest you. Pick one to earn. Your Scoutmaster will give you the name of a person from a list of counselors. These counselors have special knowledge in their merit badge subjects and are interested in helping you.

Scout Buddy System. You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor. This person can be another Scout, your parents or guardian, a brother or sister, a relative, or a friend.

Call the Counselor. Get a signed merit badge application from your Scoutmaster. Get in touch with the merit badge counselor and tell him or her that you want to earn the merit badge. The counselor may ask to meet you to explain what is expected of you and to start helping you meet the requirements.

When you know what is expected, start to learn and do the things required. Ask your counselor to help you learn the things you need to know or do. You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject. Many troops and school or public libraries have them.

Show Your Stuff. When you are ready, call the counselor again to make an appointment to meet the requirements. When you go take along the things you have made to meet the requirements. If they are too big to move, take pictures or have an adult tell in writing what you have done. The counselor will ask you to do each requirement to make sure that you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required.

Get the Badge. When the counselor is satisfied that you have met each requirement, he or she will sign your application. Give the signed application to your Scout?master so that your merit badge emblem can be secured for you.

Requirements. You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated—no more and no less. You are expected to do exactly what is stated in the requirements. If it says “show or demonstrate,” that is what you must do. Just telling about it isn’t enough. The same thing holds true for such words as “make,” “list,” “in the field,” and “collect,” “identify,” and “label.”

The requirements below might not match those in the merit badge pamphlets because the pamphlets may not have been recently revised.

Resources

Merit Badge Requirements

Below is a list, (from the Scout.org website) in alphabetical order, of all of the current merit badge subjects. Click each subject to see the requirements for that merit badge.
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American Business

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Archaeology

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Athletics

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Bird Study

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Chess

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Climbing

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Computers

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Disabilities Awareness

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Emergency Preparedness

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Family Life

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Fish and Wildlife Management

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Genealogy

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Hiking

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Inventing

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Leatherwork

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Model Design and Building

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Oceanography

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Pets

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Pottery

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Railroading

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Rowing

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Scuba Diving

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Small-Boat Sailing

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Stamp Collecting

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Traffic Safety

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Welding

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American Cultures

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Archery

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Automotive Maintenance

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Bugling

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Cinematography

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Coin Collecting

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Cooking

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Dog Care

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Energy

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Farm Mechanics

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Fishing

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Geocaching

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Home Repairs

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Journalism

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Lifesaving

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Motorboating

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Orienteering

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Photography

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Public Health

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Reading

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Safety

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Sculpture

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Snow Sports

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Surveying

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Truck Transportation

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Whitewater

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American Heritage

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Architecture

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Aviation

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Camping

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Citizenship in the Community

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Collections

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Crime Prevention

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Drafting

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Engineering

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Fingerprinting

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Fly-Fishing

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Geology

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Horsemanship

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Kayaking

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Mammal Study

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Music

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Painting

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Pioneering

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Public Speaking

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Reptile and Amphibian Study

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Salesmanship

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Search and Rescue

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Soil and Water Conservation

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Swimming

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Veterinary Medicine

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Wilderness Survival

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American Labor

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Art

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Backpacking

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Canoeing

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Citizenship in the Nation

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Communication

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Cycling

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Electricity

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Entrepreneurship

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Fire Safety

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Forestry

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Golf

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Indian Lore

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Landscape Architecture

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Medicine

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Nature

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Personal Fitness

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Plant Science

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Pulp and Paper

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Rifle Shooting

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Scholarship

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Shotgun Shooting

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Space Exploration

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Textile

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Water Sports

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Wood Carving

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Animal Science

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Astronomy

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Basketry

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Chemistry

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Citizenship in the World

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Composite Materials

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Dentistry

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Electronics

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Environmental Science

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First Aid

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Gardening

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Graphic Arts

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Insect Study

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Law

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Metalwork

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Nuclear Science

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Personal Management

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Plumbing

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Radio

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Robotics

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Scouting Heritage

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Skating

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Sports

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Theater

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Weather

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Woodwork