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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 help with earning ranks as well as Eagle Palms after the Eagle Scout award has been earned. The online Merit Badge Application is a Word doc file.

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. See the Merit Badge FAQ. Some Merit Badges Require Prior Approval before starting certain requirements. Most do not.

This is a list of the the Merit badges, including eagle required.

AEdit

  • American Business
  • American Cultures
  • American Heritage
  • American Labor
  • Animal Science
  • Archaeology
  • Archery
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Astronomy
  • Athletics
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Aviation

BEdit

  • Backpacking
  • Basketry
  • Bird Study
  • Bugling

CEdit

  • Camping - Eagle required
  • Canoeing
  • Chemistry
  • Cinematography
  • Citizenship in the Community - Eagle required
  • Citizenship in the Nation - Eagle required
  • Citizenship in the World - Eagle required
  • Climbing
  • Coin Collecting
  • Collections
  • Communications - eagle required
  • Composite Materials
  • Computers
  • Cooking
  • Crime Prevention
  • Cycling - Eagle required

DEdit

  • Dentistry
  • Disabilities Awareness
  • Dog Care
  • Drafting

EEdit

  • Electricity
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Preparedness - Eagle required
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Science - Eagle required

FEdit

  • Family Life - Eagle required
  • Farm Mechanics
  • Fingerprinting
  • Fire Safety
  • First Aid - Eagle required
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Forestry

GEdit

  • Gardening
  • Genealogy
  • Geology
  • Golf
  • Graphic Arts

HEdit

  • Hiking - Eagle required
  • Home Repairs
  • Horsemanship

IEdit

  • Indian Lore
  • Insect Study

JEdit

  • Journalism

LEdit

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law
  • Leatherwork
  • Lifesaving - Eagle required

MEdit

  • Mammal Study
  • Medicine
  • Metalwork
  • Model Design and Building
  • Motorboating
  • Music

NEdit

  • Nature
  • Nuclear Science

OEdit

  • Oceanography
  • Orienteering

PEdit

  • Painting
  • Personal Fitness - Eagle required
  • Personal Management - Eagle required
  • Pets
  • Photography
  • Pioneering
  • Plant Science
  • Plumbing
  • Pottery
  • Public Health
  • Public Speaking
  • Pulp and Paper

REdit

  • Radio
  • Railroading
  • Reading
  • Reptile and Amphibian Study
  • Rifle Shooting
  • Rowing

SEdit

  • Safety
  • Salesmanship
  • Scholarship
  • Sculpture
  • Shotgun Shooting
  • Skating
  • Small-Boat Sailing
  • Snow Sports
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Space Exploration
  • Sports
  • Stamp
  • Surveying
  • Swimming - Eagle required

TEdit

  • Textile
  • Theater
  • Traffic Safety
  • Truck Transportation

VEdit

Veterinarymedicine

Veterniary Medicine

  • Veterinary Medicine

WEdit

Water SportsEdit

Watersports

watersports

Not Eagle required. See requirements here.

WeatherEdit

Not Eagle required. See requirements here.

WhitewaterEdit

Not Eagle required. See requirments here

Wilderness SurvivalEdit

Not Eagle required.

WoodworkEdit

Not Eagle required.

WoodworkingEdit

Not Eagle required.

EagleEdit

Of the merit badges labeled "Eagle required" only 12 need to achieved in order to achieve the Rank of Eagle.

TotalEdit

As of 2009 there are 122 merit badges including the eagle required ones. Bold text

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