Merit Badge Requirements

Below is a list, in alphabetical order, of all of the current merit badge subjects. Click each subject to see the requirements for that merit badge.

Attention! The requirements you see posted here are the most current and official. This will always be the best place to find the most up-to-date requirements.


American Business
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American Cultures
Current

American Heritage
Current

American Labor
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Animal Science
Current

Animation
Current

Archaeology
Current

Archery
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Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Current

Art
Current

Astronomy
Current

Athletics
Current

Automotive Maintenance
Current

Aviation
Current

Backpacking
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Basketry
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Bird Study
Current

Bugling
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Camping
Current

Canoeing
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Chemistry
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Chess
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Citizenship in the Community
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Citizenship in the Nation
Current

Citizenship in the World
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Climbing
Current

Coin Collecting
Current

Collections
Current

Communication
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Composite Materials
Current

Cooking
Current
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Prior to 2014

Crime Prevention
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Cycling
Current

Dentistry
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Digital Technology
Current

Disabilities Awareness
Current

Dog Care
Current

Drafting
Current

Electricity
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Electronics
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Emergency Preparedness
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Energy
Current

Engineering
Current

Entrepreneurship
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Environmental Science
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Family Life
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Farm Mechanics
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Fingerprinting
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Fire Safety
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First Aid
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Fish and Wildlife Management
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Fishing
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Fly-Fishing
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Forestry
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Game Design
Current

Gardening
Current

Genealogy
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Geocaching
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Geology
Current

Golf
Current

Graphic Arts
Current

Hiking
Current

Home Repairs
Current

Horsemanship
Current

Indian Lore
Current

Insect Study
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Inventing
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Journalism
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Kayaking
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Landscape Architecture
Current

Law
Current

Leatherwork
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Lifesaving
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Mammal Study
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Medicine
Current

Metalwork
Current

Mining in Society
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Model Design and Building
Current

Motorboating
Current

Moviemaking
Current

Music
Current

Nature
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Nuclear Science
Current

Oceanography
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Orienteering
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Painting
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Personal Fitness
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Personal Management
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Pets
Current

Photography
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Pioneering
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Plant Science
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Plumbing
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Pottery
Current

Programming
Current

Public Health
Current

Public Speaking
Current

Pulp and Paper
Current

Radio
Current

Railroading
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Reading
Current

Reptile and Amphibian Study
Current

Rifle Shooting
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Robotics
Current

Rowing
Current

Safety
Current

Salesmanship
Current

Scholarship
Current

Scouting Heritage
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Scuba Diving
Current

Sculpture
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Search and Rescue
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Shotgun Shooting
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Signs, Signals, and Codes
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Skating
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Small-Boat Sailing
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Snow Sports
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Soil and Water Conservation
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Space Exploration
Current

Sports
Current

Stamp Collecting
Current

Surveying
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Sustainability
Current

Swimming
Current

Textile
Current

Theater
Current

Traffic Safety
Current

Truck Transportation
Current

Veterinary Medicine
Current

Water Sports
Current

Weather
Current

Welding
Current

Whitewater
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Wilderness Survival
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Wood Carving
Current

Woodwork
Current