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.

Notes:

  • Each workbook contains an attachment with important excerpts from the Guide To Advancement, No. 33088, which should be reviewed by the Scout, his parents, and the Merit Badge Counselor.  Some of them also include notes directed to the Counselor, and/or worksheets and sample forms which may be used to complete various requirements.
  • A Scout is expected to meet the requirements exactly as stated – no more and no less.
  • Scouts STARTING a merit badge must use the CURRENT Boy Scout Requirements
  • Once a Scout has started a merit badge, he 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. A Scout cannot pick and choose from both sets. If he chooses to use the new requirements, he can, of course, use the work he has 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 are accessible by links on the current 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 the Boy Scout Requirements are 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 Microsoft Office 365 Suite (Word 2013) 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: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3. 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 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.
  • 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 meritbadge.org. 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 Meritbadge.org website, and a few are also available on sites which are maintained by the BSA, including Scouting.org, BoysLife.org, or boyslifeorg.files.wordpress.com,. 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.

Note: During 2014, a Scout may continue—or begin work—using the old Cooking or Computers merit badge requirements and the old pamphlets. Otherwise, he may switch to—or begin work—using the new requirements as stated in the 2014 Boy Scout Requirements book for Cooking or Digital Technology (which replaces Computers) and the new merit badge pamphlets. If a Scout chooses to use the old merit badge requirements and pamphlets, he may continue using them until he has completed the badges. See Guide to Advancement topic 7.0.4.3. In the table below, for each of these merit badges, we have provided links to both sets of requirements and workbooks .

Merit Badge Requirements
(Click on a merit badge name below)
Workbooks
Last updated
Word Processor Format
(DOCX)
Portable Document Format
(PDF)
ZIP File of ALL available current worksheets (VERY Large Files!) All files All Files
Eagle Required Merit Badges
1 Camping January, 2014 Camping Camping
2 Citizenship in the Community November, 2013 Cit-Comm Cit-Comm
3 Citizenship in the Nation November, 2013 Cit-Nation Cit-Nation
4 Citizenship in the World November, 2013 Cit-World Cit-World
5 Communication November, 2013 Communication Communication
38 Cooking 2014 requirements April, 2014 Cooking (2014) Cooking (2014)
2013 requirements November, 2013 Cooking (2013) Cooking (2013)
39 Cycling April, 2014 Cycling Cycling
6 Emergency Preparedness July, 2014 Emerg-Prep Emerg-Prep
7 Environmental Science November, 2013 Env-Science Env-Science
129 Family Life November, 2013 Family-Life Family-Life
8 First Aid November, 2013 First-Aid First-Aid
61 Hiking November, 2013 Hiking Hiking
9 Lifesaving November, 2013 Lifesaving Lifesaving
10 Personal Fitness October, 2013 Pers-Fitness Pers-Fitness
11 Personal Management November, 2013 Pers-Manage Pers-Manage
152 Sustainability October, 2013 Sustainability Sustainability
14 Swimming May, 2014 Swimming Swimming
All Current Merit Badges in Alphabetical Order
15 AMERICAN BUSINESS December, 2013 Am-Business Am-Business
17 AMERICAN CULTURES December, 2013 Am-Culture Am-Culture
16 AMERICAN HERITAGE January, 2014 Am-Heritage Am-Heritage
121 AMERICAN LABOR December, 2013 Am-Labor Am-Labor
28 ANIMAL SCIENCE December, 2013 Animal-Science Animal-Science
158 ANIMATION Coming Soon
132 ARCHAEOLOGY January, 2014 Archaeology Archaeology
19 ARCHERY April, 2014 Archery Archery
20 ARCHITECTURE December, 2013 Architecture Architecture
21 ART October, 2013 Art Art
22 ASTRONOMY October, 2013 Astronomy Astronomy
23 ATHLETICS December, 2013 Athletics Athletics
127 AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE December, 2013 Auto-Maint Auto-Maint
25 AVIATION February, 2014 Aviation Aviation
26 BACKPACKING December, 2013 Backpacking Backpacking
27 BASKETRY December, 2013 Basketry Basketry
29 BIRD STUDY December, 2013 Bird-Study Bird-Study
32 BUGLING December, 2013 Bugling Bugling
1 CAMPING January, 2014 Camping Camping
33 CANOEING June, 2014 Canoeing Canoeing
34 CHEMISTRY December, 2013 Chemistry Chemistry
147 CHESS December, 2013 Chess Chess
126 Cinematography (replaced by MOVIEMAKING) October, 2013 Moviemaking Moviemaking
2 CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY November, 2013 Cit-Comm Cit-Comm
3 CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION November, 2013 Cit-Nation Cit-Nation
4 CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD November, 2013 Cit-World Cit-World
133 CLIMBING December, 2013 Climbing Climbing
35 COIN COLLECTING February, 2014 Coin-Collect Coin-Collect
128 COLLECTIONS December, 2013 Collections Collections
5 COMMUNICATION January, 2014 Communication Communication
137 COMPOSITE MATERIALS January, 2014 Composite-Mat Composite-Mat
36 COMPUTERS (To be replaced by Digital Technology) (2013 requirements) January, 2014 Computers Computers
38 COOKING 2014 requirements
April, 2014 Cooking
Cooking
2013 requirements November, 2013 Cooking Cooking
131 CRIME PREVENTION January, 2014 Crime-Prev Crime-Prev
39 CYCLING April, 2014 Cycling Cycling
40 DENTISTRY January, 2014 Dentistry Dentistry
154 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY (Replacing Computers) June, 2014 Digital-Tech Digital-Tech
60 DISABILITIES AWARENESS January, 2014 Disability-Aware Disability-Aware
41 DOG CARE January, 2014 Dog-Care Dog-Care
42 DRAFTING July, 2014 Drafting Drafting
43 ELECTRICITY January, 2014 Electricity Electricity
44 ELECTRONICS January, 2014 Electronics Electronics
6 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS July, 2014 Emerg-Prep Emerg-Prep
45 ENERGY October, 2013 Energy Energy
46 ENGINEERING January, 2014 Engineering Engineering
134 ENTREPRENEURSHIP January, 2014 Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
7 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE November, 2013 Env-Science Env-Science
129 FAMILY LIFE November, 2013 Family-Life Family-Life
48 FARM MECHANICS January, 2014 Farm-Mech Farm-Mech
49 FINGERPRINTING January, 2014 Fingerprinting Fingerprinting
50 FIRE SAFETY October, 2013 Fire-Safety Fire-Safety
8 FIRST AID November, 2013 First-Aid First-Aid
51 FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT January, 2014 Fish-and-Wildlife Fish-and-Wildlife
52 FISHING January, 2014 Fishing Fishing
136 FLY FISHING January, 2014 Fly-Fishing Fly-Fishing
54 FORESTRY January, 2014 Forestry Forestry
151 GAME DESIGN December, 2013 Game-Design Game-Design
55 GARDENING June, 2014 Gardening Gardening
56 GENEALOGY January, 2014 Genealogy Genealogy
58 GEOLOGY January, 2014 Geology Geology
145 GEOCACHING December, 2013 Geocaching Geocaching
59 GOLF January, 2014 Golf Golf
122 GRAPHIC ARTS January, 2014 Graphic-Arts Graphic-Arts
61 HIKING November, 2013 Hiking Hiking
62 HOME REPAIRS January, 2014 Home-Repair Home-Repair
63 HORSEMANSHIP October, 2013 Horsemanship Horsemanship
64 INDIAN LORE January, 2014 Indian-Lore Indian-Lore
65 INSECT STUDY January, 2014 Insect-Study Insect-Study
144 INVENTING December, 2013 Inventing Inventing
66 JOURNALISM January, 2014 Journalism Journalism
149 KAYAKING December, 2013 Kayaking Kayaking
67 LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE January, 2014 Landscape-Arch Landscape-Arch
68 LAW January, 2014 Law Law
69 LEATHERWORK October, 2013 Leatherwork Leatherwork
9 LIFESAVING November, 2013 Lifesaving Lifesaving
71 MAMMAL STUDY January, 2014 Mammal-Study Mammal-Study
130 MEDICINE January, 2014 Medicine Medicine
74 METALWORK January, 2014 Metalwork Metalwork
75 MODEL DESIGN AND BUILDING January, 2014 Model-Design Model-Design
155 MINING IN SOCIETY February, 2014 Mining-in-Society Mining-in-Society
76 MOTORBOATING January, 2014 Motorboating Motorboating
156 MOVIEMAKING (replaced Cinematography) October, 2013 Moviemaking Moviemaking
77 MUSIC January, 2014 Music Music
78 NATURE January, 2014 Nature Nature
24 NUCLEAR SCIENCE January, 2014 Nuclear-Science Nuclear-Science
79 OCEANOGRAPHY January, 2014 Oceanography Oceanography
80 ORIENTEERING January, 2014 Orienteering Orienteering
81 PAINTING January, 2014 Painting Painting
10 PERSONAL FITNESS October, 2013 Pers-Fitness Pers-Fitness
11 PERSONAL MANAGEMENT November, 2013 Pers-Manage Pers-Manage
82 PETS October, 2013 Pets Pets
83 PHOTOGRAPHY January, 2014 Photography Photography
84 PIONEERING October, 2013 Pioneering Pioneering
85 PLANT SCIENCE January, 2014 Plant-Science Plant-Science
86 PLUMBING January, 2014 Plumbing Plumbing
87 POTTERY January, 2014 Pottery Pottery
153 PROGRAMMING June, 2014 Programming Programming
89 PUBLIC HEALTH January, 2014 Public-Health Public-Health
90 PUBLIC SPEAKING January, 2014 Public-Speaking Public-Speaking
91 PULP AND PAPER October, 2013 Pulp-and-Paper Pulp-and-Paper
93 RADIO January, 2014 Radio Radio
94 RAILROADING January, 2014 Railroading Railroading
95 READING January, 2014 Reading Reading
96 REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN STUDY January, 2014 Reptile-Amphibian Reptile-Amphibian
123 RIFLE SHOOTING October, 2013 Rifle-Shooting Rifle-Shooting
146 ROBOTICS
December, 2013 Robotics
Robotics
98 ROWING January, 2014 Rowing Rowing
12 SAFETY October, 2013 Safety Safety
99 SALESMANSHIP January, 2014 Salesmanship Salesmanship
100 SCHOLARSHIP January, 2014 Scholarship Scholarship
143 SCOUTING HERITAGE October, 2013 Scouting-Heritage Scouting-Heritage
138 SCUBA DIVING December, 2013 Scuba Scuba
101 SCULPTURE January, 2014 Sculpture Sculpture
150 SEARCH AND RESCUE January, 2014 Search-Rescue Search-Rescue
124 SHOTGUN SHOOTING October, 2013 Shotgun-Shooting Shotgun-Shooting
157 SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND CODES Coming Soon
103 SKATING January, 2014 Skating Skating
105 SMALL-BOAT SAILING January, 2014 Small-Boat-Sailing Small-Boat-Sailing
135 SNOW SPORTS January, 2014 Snow-Sports Snow-Sports
106 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION January, 2014 Soil-Water Soil-Water
107 SPACE EXPLORATION January, 2014 Space-Explore Space-Explore
13 SPORTS January, 2014 Sports Sports
108 STAMP COLLECTING January, 2014 Stamp-Collecting Stamp-Collecting
109 SURVEYING January, 2014 Surveying Surveying
152 SUSTAINABILITY October, 2013 Sustainability Sustainability
14 SWIMMING May, 2014 Swimming Swimming
110 TEXTILE January, 2014 Textile Textile
111 THEATER January, 2014 Theater Theater
112 TRAFFIC SAFETY January, 2014 Traffic-Safety Traffic-Safety
113 TRUCK TRANSPORTATION January, 2014 Truck-Transport Truck-Transport
114 VETERINARY MEDICINE January, 2014 Vet-Medicine Vet-Medicine
115 WATER SPORTS January, 2014 Water Sports Water Sports
116 WEATHER October, 2013 Weather Weather
148 WELDING December, 2013 Welding Welding
125 WHITEWATER January, 2014 Whitewater Whitewater
117 WILDERNESS SURVIVAL January, 2014 Wild-Surv Wild-Surv
118 WOOD CARVING January, 2014 Wood-Carving Wood-Carving
119 WOODWORK January, 2014 Woodwork Woodwork

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