Merit Badges and Requirements
Merit Badge Requirements
With 135 different merit badges offered encompassing 12 different categories of interest (Agribusiness, Arts, Building, Business, Citizenship, Communications, Conservation, Outdoor Sports, Personal Development, Safety, Science, & Transportation) there are definately lots of choices and opportunity for stimulated intrest.
The bigger question is frequently which badge should I choose? There are two questions we encourage all scouts to ask themselves before they attempt to complete any merit badges:
- What merit badge sounds like fun and do I feel comfident I can commit myself to completing?
- Am I attempting to fulfill rank requirements with a badge? And, if so which badge meets the rank requirements? ie. Eagle required?
All merit badges are not equally difficult or time consuming. And, each scout may see a merit badge differently based on his maturity, level of interest, and experiences.
Below is a list of merit badges that we have sorted categorizing them into four levels of difficulty. (Difficulty being largely based on amount of work; so Farm Mechanics is a Moderately difficult, but if you don't live on a farm perhaps it is Difficult) Eagle Required badges are emphasized with a red outline. It is IMPORTANT TO NOTE that this list is simply an opinion and the suggestions of ages/ranks for completing these badges is meant as a guide for informational purposes only. If you disagree with the assigned difficulty level we've chosen you've missed the point.
We want our scouts to be successful working on merit badges and offer this as a tool to provide perspective.
I will note that the troop Advancement Chair or Scoutmaster may question a scouts decision to undertake a merit badge but the decision rests with the scout.
And...for those of you who don't like this new view into merit badges (you know who you are...) I am providing on the right the old alphabetical list. :-)
Eagle Required Merit BadgesEagle required merit badges are easily recognized amidst all of the others. The border color on Eagle required badges is outlined in silver thread.
Frequently we are asked, "Which Eagle Merit Badge should I do first?". This is a great question since Eagle required merit badges range in difficulty and
complexity level. While there is no correct sequence or age requirement for a badge a scouts maturity, ability to grasp complicated concepts, and available
time is frequently the deciding factor.
And, oh yeah, how close a scout is to turning 18 is a hugh factor!
Alphabetical List of Merit BadgesAmerican Business
Architecture and Landscape Architecture
Citizenship in the Community
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Fish and Wildlife Management
Mining in Society
Model Design and Building
Pulp and Paper
Reptile and Amphibian Study
Search and Rescue
Signs, Signals, and Codes
Soil and Water Conservation