Merit Badge Requirements and Workbooks

Click a merit badge name below for the current requirements. Right click on a workbook name to save or print the optional workbooks. Workbooks can help Scouts organize notes, listen actively, and document their work. These workbooks can help you but you still need to read the merit badge pamphlet. The work space provided for each requirement should be used by the Scout to make notes for discussing the item with his counselor, not for providing the full and complete answers. Each Scout must do each requirement.


  • When working on merit badges, Scouts and Scouters should be aware of some vital information in the current edition of the Guide to Advancement (BSA publication 33088).
    Workbooks prepared before the 2017 edition of the Guide to Advancement was issued contain an attachment with excerpts from either the 2013 or 2015 edition, which should be replaced with an updated document, which includes information from the current edition of the Guide To Advancement . Rather than include that document in each workbook, newer Workbooks just contain a link to it. Click here to download the current version. You can download a complete copy of the Guide to Advancement from
  • Some workbooks also include notes directed to the Counselor, and/or worksheets, checklists, and sample forms which may be used to complete various requirements.
  • Keep in mind that these workbooks are OPTIONAL aids. A Scout is expected to meet the requirements exactly as stated - no more and no less.
    If a requirement uses words like "show," "demonstrate," or "discuss," then every Scout must do that. Just filling out the workbook is NOT sufficient!

    Scouts should use the workbooks to prepare notes to themselves, and should not assume that filling in the workbook is sufficient to earn the badge.
  • Scouts STARTING a merit badge must use the CURRENT requirements, which are found in Scouts BSA Requirements (BSA Publication 33216)
  • Once Scouts have started a merit badge, they can continue to work on those requirements even if new requirements are published. The Scout must choose whether to complete the full set of new requirements or the full set of old requirements. Scouts cannot pick and choose from both sets. If  the new requirements are selected, they can, of course, use the work they have done on any of the old requirements, if the requirement is unchanged, or only had editorial changes which don't actually change the actual requirement.  For those Scouts who are using the older requirements because they've already started in the badge, the older requirements and workbooks are accessible by following links from the current requirements pages
  • If a merit badge pamphlet is updated during the year, a Scout can choose to use either full set of old requirements or new requirements in the pamphlet. Those will show an effective date of the following year (i.e. a pamphlet issued in June of 2008 will say "2009 requirements").   Once Scouts BSA Requirements is updated, all Scouts starting the merit badge must use the new requirements.
  • If a BLANK appears in the lists below, it indicates that revisions to the workbook are pending, due to revised requirements.
  • You can also download ZIP files containing all of the current worksheets as either word processing and/or PDF formats Keep in mind these are BIG files.
  • The word processor versions of the workbooks have been prepared using the version of Microsoft Word in the Microsoft Office 365 Suite and are in the DOCX file format, which was introduced in 2007.  Consequently, they are NOT compatible with earlier versions on Microsoft Office or other word processors which do not support that file format, unless the user has downloaded and installed a Compatibility Pack. Users of Microsoft Office XP, 2000 and 2003 can download the Compatibility Pack, by clicking here: By installing the Compatibility Pack you will be able to use Microsoft Office XP, 2000, or 2003 to open, edit, and save files using the file formats in newer versions of Word (DOCX), Excel (XLSX), and PowerPoint (PPTX) .
  • The PDF versions of the workbooks have been designed with form fields.  Scouts may download these files and then type their notes into the form fields, and save their work locally. They have been tested successfully on Windows based systems with the Adobe Acrobat Reader, the Foxit PDF Reader, and the Nuance PDF Reader.  Each of those programs are available as free downloads. Other PDF readers may also work, however, we do know that the PDF reader native to the Firefox web browser does NOT allow data input. If you use a "Mac" computer, we strongly suggest that you use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for Mac in lieu of the PDF reader built-in to the system.  The built-in pdf reader may not properly display or print the data entered into the workbook form fields.
  • In response to requests we have gotten, we have added light lines in the form field boxes to provide for those Scouts that wish to hand write their responses.

Since 2010, all new and revised workbooks have been prepared by Paul Wolf, with some input from RW Smith, a volunteer affiliated with To our knowledge, they now reflect the current requirements in all cases. 

Please submit comments about errors, omissions, or suggestions about the format of any of the WORKBOOKS to: Workbooks@USScouts.Org
Comments or suggestions for changes to the wording of the requirements for any MERIT BADGE should be sent to the BSA at: Advancement.Team@Scouting.Org

Copies of all of these workbooks (in PDF format only) are also available on the website, and a few are also available on sites which are maintained by the BSA, including,, or,. We encourage Scouting websites to provide links to either this page or to the copies identified below.  However, if you find copies on any other site, they have been placed there without our permission, and we would be grateful to be notified of those cases. Please write us at Workbooks@USScouts.Org with the website address.

The workbooks are all Copyright - U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc. - All Rights Reserved.
The requirements are all Copyright - Boy Scouts of America – and are used with permission.
The name American Heritage™ is a trademark owned by American Heritage Publishing Company, Inc. and is used by permission.

Please note that the dates listed below represent the months the workbooks were last revised and uploaded. 
The PDF files will indicate that date in the first page header. 
The WORD processor files, however, will always indicate the CURRENT month, whenever the file is opened for editing. 

Workbooks which were last updated prior to March 2019, contain the following statement:
"No one may add or subtract from the official requirements found in Boy Scout Requirements (Pub. 33216 – SKU 637685).
Since that publication has been renamed and revised, that statement should be considered to read as follows:
"No one may add or subtract from the official requirements found in Scouts BSA Requirements (Pub. 33216)."
The SKU for the 2019 edition of Scouts BSA Requirements is 648914.

The workbooks listed below reflect the CURRENT requirements (including any changes made since the last edition of Scouts BSA Requirements was issued.)

If a Scout is working on a merit badge using a previous version of the requirements, and wishes to use a workbook that reflects those requirements, the workbook can still be downloaded from this site.  To do so, follow this procedure:
  1. Click on the merit badge name in the listing below, to bring up the web page with the current requirements.
  2. On that page, click on the link below the title, that reads "For the previous requirements, Click here.
    If the Scout is using earlier requirements, repeat this step until the correct version of the requirements is visible. 
  3. The workbook that matches the requirements on that page can be downloaded by clicking on one of the links in the box near the bottom of that page.
Merit Badge Requirements
(Click on a merit badge name below)
Last updated
Word Processor Format
Portable Document Format
ZIP File of ALL available current worksheets (VERY Large Files!) All files All Files
Eagle Required Merit Badges
1 Camping August, 2019 Camping Camping
2 Citizenship in the Community May, 2017 Cit-Comm Cit-Comm
3 Citizenship in the Nation May, 2017 Cit-Nation Cit-Nation
4 Citizenship in the World May, 2017 Cit-World Cit-World
5 Communication June, 2019 Communication Communication
38 Cooking January, 2020 Cooking Cooking
39 Cycling May, 2017 Cycling Cycling
6 Emergency Preparedness April, 2019 Emerg-Prep Emerg-Prep
7 Environmental Science January, 2020 Env-Science Env-Science
129 Family Life March, 2019 Family-Life Family-Life
8 First Aid March, 2019 First-Aid First-Aid
61 Hiking June, 2017 Hiking Hiking
9 Lifesaving April, 2019 Lifesaving Lifesaving
10 Personal Fitness May, 2020 Pers-Fitness Pers-Fitness
11 Personal Management April, 2020 Pers-Manage Pers-Manage
152 Sustainability January, 2020 Sustainability Sustainability
14 Swimming June, 2017 Swimming Swimming
All Current Merit Badges in Alphabetical Order
15 AMERICAN BUSINESS April, 2020 Am-Business Am-Business
17 AMERICAN CULTURES May, 2017 Am-Culture Am-Culture
16 AMERICAN HERITAGE January, 2020 Am-Heritage Am-Heritage
121 AMERICAN LABOR March, 2019 Am-Labor Am-Labor
28 ANIMAL SCIENCE January, 2020 Animal-Science Animal-Science
158 ANIMATION May, 2017 Animation Animation
132 ARCHAEOLOGY January, 2018 Archaeology Archaeology
19 ARCHERY March, 2019 Archery Archery
20 ARCHITECTURE May, 2017 Architecture Architecture
21 ART May, 2017 Art Art
22 ASTRONOMY March, 2018 Astronomy Astronomy
23 ATHLETICS January, 2018 Athletics Athletics
127 AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE August, 2018 Auto-Maint Auto-Maint
25 AVIATION April, 2019 Aviation Aviation
26 BACKPACKING May, 2017 Backpacking Backpacking
27 BASKETRY May, 2017 Basketry Basketry
29 BIRD STUDY March, 2019 Bird-Study Bird-Study
32 BUGLING January, 2020 Bugling Bugling
1 CAMPING August, 2019 Camping Camping
33 CANOEING January, 2018 Canoeing Canoeing
34 CHEMISTRY January, 2020 Chemistry Chemistry
147 CHESS May, 2017 Chess Chess
3 CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION May, 2017 Cit-Nation Cit-Nation
4 CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD May, 2017 Cit-World Cit-World
133 CLIMBING May, 2017 Climbing Climbing
35 COIN COLLECTING January, 2018 Coin-Collect Coin-Collect
128 COLLECTIONS May, 2017 Collections Collections
5 COMMUNICATION June, 2019 Communication Communication
137 COMPOSITE MATERIALS May, 2017 Composite-Mat Composite-Mat
38 COOKING January, 2020 Cooking
131 CRIME PREVENTION January, 2020 Crime-Prev Crime-Prev
39 CYCLING May, 2017 Cycling Cycling
40 DENTISTRY May, 2017 Dentistry Dentistry
Scouts BSA Cyber Chip
February, 2020 Digital-Tech Digital-Tech
60 DISABILITIES AWARENESS March, 2019 Disability-Aware Disability-Aware
41 DOG CARE May, 2017 Dog-Care Dog-Care
42 DRAFTING July, 2017 Drafting Drafting
43 ELECTRICITY May, 2017 Electricity Electricity
44 ELECTRONICS January, 2018 Electronics Electronics
6 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS April, 2019 Emerg-Prep Emerg-Prep
45 ENERGY January, 2018 Energy Energy
46 ENGINEERING May, 2017 Engineering Engineering
134 ENTREPRENEURSHIP June, 2017 Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
7 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE January, 2020 Env-Science Env-Science
159 EXPLORATION June, 2017 Exploration Exploration
129 FAMILY LIFE March, 2019 Family-Life Family-Life
48 FARM MECHANICS June, 2017 Farm-Mech Farm-Mech
PDF: December, 2018
Fingerprinting Fingerprinting
50 FIRE SAFETY November, 2017 Fire-Safety Fire-Safety
8 FIRST AID March, 2019 First-Aid First-Aid
51 FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT June, 2017 Fish-and-Wildlife Fish-and-Wildlife
52 FISHING June, 2017 Fishing Fishing
136 FLY FISHING March, 2019 Fly-Fishing Fly-Fishing
54 FORESTRY March, 2019 Forestry Forestry
151 GAME DESIGN June, 2017 Game-Design Game-Design
55 GARDENING February, 2018 Gardening Gardening
56 GENEALOGY June, 2017 Genealogy Genealogy
145 GEOCACHING May, 2019 Geocaching Geocaching
58 GEOLOGY January, 2020 Geology Geology
59 GOLF March, 2019 Golf Golf
122 GRAPHIC ARTS April 2017 Graphic-Arts Graphic-Arts
61 HIKING June, 2017 Hiking Hiking
62 HOME REPAIRS June, 2017 Home-Repair Home-Repair
63 HORSEMANSHIP June, 2017 Horsemanship Horsemanship
64 INDIAN LORE June, 2017 Indian-Lore Indian-Lore
65 INSECT STUDY January, 2018 Insect-Study Insect-Study
144 INVENTING June, 2017 Inventing Inventing
66 JOURNALISM May, 2019 Journalism Journalism
149 KAYAKING January, 2020 Kayaking Kayaking
67 LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE June, 2017 Landscape-Arch Landscape-Arch
68 LAW March, 2019 Law Law
69 LEATHERWORK June, 2017 Leatherwork Leatherwork
9 LIFESAVING April, 2019 Lifesaving Lifesaving
71 MAMMAL STUDY June, 2017 Mammal-Study Mammal-Study
130 MEDICINE January, 2018 Medicine Medicine
74 METALWORK June, 2017 Metalwork Metalwork
155 MINING IN SOCIETY June, 2017 Mining-in-Society Mining-in-Society
75 MODEL DESIGN AND BUILDING January, 2020 Model-Design Model-Design
76 MOTORBOATING April, 2019 Motorboating Motorboating
156 MOVIEMAKING June, 2017 Moviemaking Moviemaking
77 MUSIC June, 2017 Music Music
78 NATURE August, 2018 Nature Nature
24 NUCLEAR SCIENCE May, 2020 Nuclear-Science Nuclear-Science
79 OCEANOGRAPHY June, 2017 Oceanography Oceanography
80 ORIENTEERING June, 2017 Orienteering Orienteering
81 PAINTING January, 2020 Painting Painting
10 PERSONAL FITNESS May, 2020 Pers-Fitness Pers-Fitness
11 PERSONAL MANAGEMENT April, 2020 Pers-Manage Pers-Manage
82 PETS June, 2017 Pets Pets
Scouts BSA Cyber Chip
February, 2020 Photography Photography
84 PIONEERING June, 2017 Pioneering Pioneering
85 PLANT SCIENCE January, 2018 Plant-Science Plant-Science
86 PLUMBING June, 2017 Plumbing Plumbing
87 POTTERY June, 2017 Pottery Pottery
Scouts BSA Cyber Chip
February, 2020 Programming Programming
89 PUBLIC HEALTH April, 2020 Public-Health Public-Health
90 PUBLIC SPEAKING June, 2017 Public-Speaking Public-Speaking
91 PULP AND PAPER July, 2017 Pulp-and-Paper Pulp-and-Paper
93 RADIO January, 2018 Radio Radio
94 RAILROADING April, 2019 Railroading Railroading
95 READING January, 2020 Reading Reading
96 REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN STUDY April, 2019 Reptile-Amphibian Reptile-Amphibian
123 RIFLE SHOOTING April, 2019 Rifle-Shooting Rifle-Shooting
June, 2017 Robotics
98 ROWING March, 2019 Rowing Rowing
12 SAFETY January, 2020 Safety Safety
99 SALESMANSHIP June, 2017 Salesmanship Salesmanship
100 SCHOLARSHIP June, 2017 Scholarship Scholarship
143 SCOUTING HERITAGE March, 2019 Scouting-Heritage Scouting-Heritage
138 SCUBA DIVING June, 2017 Scuba Scuba
101 SCULPTURE January, 2018 Sculpture Sculpture
150 SEARCH AND RESCUE March, 2019 Search-Rescue Search-Rescue
124 SHOTGUN SHOOTING June, 2017 Shotgun-Shooting Shotgun-Shooting
157 SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND CODES June, 2017 Signs-Signals-and-Codes Signs-Signals-and-Codes
103 SKATING January 2019 Skating Skating
105 SMALL-BOAT SAILING June, 2017 Small-Boat-Sailing Small-Boat-Sailing
135 SNOW SPORTS June, 2017 Snow-Sports Snow-Sports
106 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION April, 2019 Soil-Water Soil-Water
107 SPACE EXPLORATION January, 2020 Space-Explore Space-Explore
13 SPORTS July, 2017 Sports Sports
108 STAMP COLLECTING June, 2017 Stamp-Collecting Stamp-Collecting
109 SURVEYING June, 2017 Surveying Surveying
152 SUSTAINABILITY January, 2020 Sustainability Sustainability
14 SWIMMING June, 2017 Swimming Swimming
110 TEXTILE June, 2017 Textile Textile
111 THEATER March, 2019 Theater Theater
112 TRAFFIC SAFETY January, 2020 Traffic-Safety Traffic-Safety
113 TRUCK TRANSPORTATION June, 2017 Truck-Transport Truck-Transport
114 VETERINARY MEDICINE June, 2017 Vet-Medicine Vet-Medicine
115 WATER SPORTS June, 2017 Water Sports Water Sports
116 WEATHER January, 2018 Weather Weather
148 WELDING March, 2019 Welding Welding
125 WHITEWATER January, 2020 Whitewater Whitewater
117 WILDERNESS SURVIVAL February, 2018 Wilderness-Survival Wilderness-Survival
118 WOOD CARVING June, 2017 Wood-Carving Wood-Carving
119 WOODWORK March, 2019 Woodwork Woodwork

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