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Merit Badges

Merit Badges are the second main area of the Boy Scout advancement program. Unlike ranks, there is a degree of choice in the merit badge program. A sub-group of merit badges are known as Eagle required merit badges.

To earn Eagle Scout, most of these badges must be earned although some are “either/or” badges. The remainder of the badges helps with earning ranks as well as Eagle Palms after the Eagle Scout award has been earned.

The Eagle Require Merit Badges are:

  • Camping
  • Cooking
  • Swimming, Hiking, or Cycling
  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communications
  • Lifesaving or Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Science or Sustainability
  • Family Life
  • First Aid
  • Personal Fitness
  • Personal Management

 

Boy Scouts may work on merit badges from they time they join a Scout troop until they turn 18 years old. There is no time limit for completion of merit badges other than age 18.

Merit Badge Process

Blue Card

Once a scout decides they want to work on a merit badge, he/she will need to discuss it with their Scoutmaster or Troop Advancement Coordinator.  The Scout Master or Advancement Coordinator will provide the scout with a blue card and information on a counselor for the merit badge if the scout does not already have one.

The merit badge blue card serves many purposes:

  • Certifying the unit leader has helped the Scout locate an approved counselor.
  • Tracking requirements completed
  • Checking that the badge was recorded and presented
  • Serving as a record for the Scout, counselor, and unit that the badge has been earned

Clarke Green has published and excellent infographic on “How to use a Blue Card to earn a merit badge” on his website scoutmastercg.com.

See the “Guide to Advancement” for more details on the advancement process.

Counselor

Scout group events like summer camp, merit badge days, or other events may already have a counselor for the merit badges being taught.  If the scout is working on the merit badge individually they will need to find a counselor who can teach the merit badge.  The council makes a list of registered merit badge counselors available on their website at http://www.wfbsa.org/Volunteers/Advancement .

Merit Badge Requirements

The requirements and material for the merit badge are available as p[hysical booklet that can be purchased from the local scout stores. ordered online from scouting.org, or borrowed from your local or troop libraries.

The merit badge books are available online in PDF format on scouting.org. Requirements and requirements worksheets are available from MeritBadge.org.

Local Resources for Specific Merit Badges

Find a list of upcoming merit badge opportunities here. If you know of any other, please let us know so we can include them on the list.

American Culture

American Heritage

American Labor

Archaeology

Architecture

Astronomy

Bird Study

Camping

Chemistry

Citizenship in the Nation

Climbing

Collections

Composite Materials

Digital Technologies

Dog Care

Electricity

Electronics

Engineering

Environmental Science

Fly Fishing

Forestry

Game Design

Genealogy

Geocaching

Geology

Indian Lore

Insect Study

Inventing

Mining in Society

Music

Nuclear Science

Oceanography

Orienteering

  • Bushy Run Battlefield Course
  • Murrysville Community Park Course

Personal Management

Photography

Pottery

Programming

Railroading

Robotics

Scouting Hereitage

Signs, Signals, and Code

Soil and Water Conservation

Space Exploration

Weather

Whitewater

Wilderness Survival

 

Other Resources with Scouting Programs

Merit Badge Days

  • Carnegie Mellon Merit Badge Univerity
  • St. Vincent’s STEM Day
  • Troop 205 (Level Green)

Other Patches and Awards

Fort Necessity – Historic Patch Program

  • GEORGE WASHINGTON LEARNING TO BE A LEADER
  • THE FRENCH AND INDIAN WAR IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA: 1754-1763

Fort Necessity – Park Scout Ranger

  • National Park Service Scout Ranger certificate
  • Scout Ranger patch
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