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

 

The BSA merit badge program includes over 120 different areas of knowledge and skills. As soon as a scout joins a troop, he can start earning merit badges. The only limitations are his ambition and availability of adult merit badge counselors.

Merit Badge Pamphlets: Each BSA merit badge has an official pamphlet which contains requirements, introductory information and supplemental references. Scouts can purchase pamphlets from a scout shop or find them in their troop library. Pamphlets are updated every few years, so be sure to get the most recent copy.
Merit Badge Counselors: Volunteers are selected, trained, and approved by council or district committees to teach scouts about specific merit badges. They are knowledgeable in the topic and understand the goals of scouting and the merit badge program.
Process: When a scout decides to earn a merit badge, he first obtains approval to begin from his Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster provides the scout with names of appropriate BSA merit badge counselors. The scout finds a scout buddy to be his partner for meetings with the merit badge counselor to follow safe scouting guidelines. He then contacts the counselor to start working on the badge. The counselor reviews the requirements with the scouts and they decide on projects and a schedule. Expertise, advice, and guidance as needed is offered by the counselor to the scouts. The counselor certifies their completion and the merit badge is presented at a troop meeting.
Required Merit Badges: A scout can start earning merit badges as soon as he joins a troop, but merit badges are not required for advancement until Star rank. Star, Life, and Eagle ranks are reached by performing leadership, service, and merit badges. Eagle rank requires completion of at least 21 BSA merit badges.

Troop Merit Badge Counselors
American Business Doran Grohs
American Heritage Joe Roberts, Angelica Braden
Animal Science Angelica Braden
Astronomy Jim Douglas
Athletics Doran Grohs
Automotive Maintenence Ben Palmer
Bugling Monique Roberts
Camping Dominic Espetia, Joe Roberts
Chemistry Joe Roberts
Citizenship in the Community Joe Roberts, Cindy Norris
Citizenship in the Nation Gary Chee, Cindy Norris
Citizenship in the World Gary Chee, Cindy Norris
Climbing Vic Rankins
Coin Collecting/Collections Cathy Sangis
Communications Brad Norris
Cooking Elizabeth Santos, Stephen Roach, Cathy Sangis
Crime Prevention Brad Norris
Cycling Gary Chee
Electricity Gary Chee
Electronics Gary Chee
Emergency Preparedness Stephen Roach
Engineering Gary Chee, Joe Roberts
Entrepreneurship Doran Grohs
Environmental Science Brian Holcombe
Family Life Cathy Sangis
Farm Mechanics Angelica Braden
First Aid Vic Rankins, Stephen Roach
Fishing Brian Holcombe
Gardening Jim Douglas, Angelica Braden
Genealogy Angelica Braden
Golf Brian Holcombe, Joe Roberts
 Hiking  Brian Holcombe, Dominic Espetia
 Home Repairs  Vic Rankins
 Nature  Cathy Sangis
 Personal Fitness  Brad Norris
 Personal Management  Joe Roberts, Angelica Braden,
 Pets  Brian Holcombe, Cathy Sangis
 Public Speaking  Doran Grohs
 Reading  Brian Holcombe
 Salesmanship  Doran Grohs
 Scouting Heritage  Angelica Braden
 Scholarship  Brian Holcombe
 Small Boat Sailing  Vic Rankins
 Sports  Doran Grohs
 Stamp Collecting  Gary Chee
 Textile  Angelica Braden
 Traffic Safety  Brad Norris
 Truck Transportation  Doran Grohs
 Weather  Jim Douglas
Wilderness Survival Brad Norris
Wood Carving Vic Rankins
Woodwork Vic Rankins

 

Purpose of Merit Badges

When a scout completes all the merit badge requirements he not only earns a badge but has a basic working knowledge of the area of study. By taking many different badges the boys are learning skills and information and being exposed to various fields of study. It is a hope that this information rounds the scouts knowledge and provides them information to help guide their career paths and future.

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