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BSA Advancement ID

015

Created

1967

Popularity

113

Difficulty

4

American Business Requirements

American Business Workbook

 

American Business

Best if done AFTER or ALONG WITH the Entrepreneurship Merit Badge as it does require running a business for 3 months and the Entrepreneurship Merit Badge requires a component of determining how to start and run a business.

1a: Free Enterprise, the Economy, and Monetary Policy From the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
1b: The Industrial Revolution

2e: Types of Business Insurances

4a: AFL-CIO Organizational Chart

4c: US Government Agencies: Labor Union Organizing

6a: E-Commerce Times An online news site specifically for the e-commerce community.

6b: Packaging Information for the Institute for Lifecycle Environmental Assessment

The Unofficial American Business Merit Badge Website

Insurance Information Institute


BSA Advancement ID

017

Created

1979

Popularity

112

Difficulty

3 - 4

American Cultures Requirements

American Cultures Workbook

 

American Cultures

The African American Registry The story of the first Negro Boy Scout Troop

American Memory - Historic maps, photos, documents, audio and video from the Library of Congress

Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity

The Center for Equal Opportunity

Center for the Study of White American Culture

LDS Scouting

National Catholic Committee on Scouting

National Jewish Committee on Scouting

Project Race

Famous Black Inventors

Inventor of the Week An excellent resource for worthy contributions to mankind

Notable Hispanic Americans


BSA Advancement ID

016

Created

1975

Popularity

94

Difficulty

4

American Heritage Requirements

American Heritage Workbook

 

American Heritage

Nice merit badge to do in conjunction with an American History class in school or consider coupling the American Heritage Merit Badge ALONG WITH or BEFORE the Indian Lore Merit Badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 2b, 2c, 2d, 5a, & 5b

National Register of Historic Places

Historical Atlas of the 20th Century

The flag of the United States of America

Purchase a U.S.Flag that has flown over the Capitol

Our Flag - Frequently Asked Questions from the American Legion

The Pledge of Allegiance - A Short History

Fort McHenry - "Home of The Star-Spangled Banner"

 


BSA Advancement ID

121

Created

1987

Popularity

118

Difficulty

3

American Labor Requirements

American Labor Workbook

  American Labor

Best if done AFTER or ALONG WITH the American Business merit badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements:  2, 5c, and 5d

U.S. Department of Labor

AFL-CIO

Labor History Timeline (AFL-CIO)

WWW Virtual Library Labor History

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

018

Created

1975

Popularity

115

Difficulty

1 - 2

Animal Science Requirements

Animal Science Workbook

  Animal Science

Most of the Animal Science Merit Badge can be done through books and research on the internet, however some planning and visits are required.

Consider working on the Animal Science Merit Badge BEFORE working on the Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge and/or the Mammal Study Merit Badge.

Virtual Livestock Library

WWW Virtual Library: Animal health, well-being, and rights

Avian Option information from the National Chicken Council

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

132

Created

1997

Popularity

101

Difficulty

5

Archaeology Requirements

Archaeology Workbook

  Archaeology

A VERY involved merit badge and is recommended mostly for older Scouts.

8a: Archaeological Digs A list of digs and tours currently in progress or planning.

11: Careers in Archaeology in the U.S. From the Illinois State Museum.

ArchNet - WWW Virtual Library of Archaeology

WWW Virtual Library of Archaeology and Prehistory

Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology

Archaeological Resource Guide for Europe

The Museum of Underwater Archaeology

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

019

Created

1911

Popularity

29

Difficulty

3

Archery Requirements

Archery Workbook

  Archery

Great merit badge to be done at a Scout Camp.

1: Archery Safety Rules

2a: Parts of an Arrow From South Carolina Hunter Education; also has wonderful illustrations and extensive information on primitive hunting

National Archery Association

National Field Archery Association

Archery Images

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

020

Created

1911

Popularity

80

Difficulty

3

Architecture Requirements

Architecture Workbook

  Architecture

Best if done ALONG WITH Landscape Architecture as Scouts earn two merit badges at the same time and many requirements are shared amongst merit badges. Might also want to consider looking into BEFORE or ALONG WITH the Drafting Merit Badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 3

2a: Careers in architecture

3: Building Materials

American Institute of Architects

Feng Shui Society

Buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright


BSA Advancement ID

021

Created

1911

Popularity

33

Difficulty

1

Art Requirements

Art Workbook

  Art

The Art Merit Badge is one of the merit badges that would be a great starter merit badge for new Scouts.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 2a, 2b, and 4

Careers in Art History (UC Santa Cruz)

ArtCyclopedia

A Timeline of Art History

WWW Virtual Library: History of Art

Arts of China Consortium

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

022

Created

1911

Popularity

51

Difficulty

4

Astronomy Requirements

Astronomy Workbook

  Astronomy

A more difficult merit badge as there are a lot of fairly involved requirements. Great Scout camp merit badge or Patrol/Troop activity.

Consider working on the Astronomy Merit Badge ALONG WITH the Space Exploration Merit Badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 9

5:The planets and when they will be visible

Amateur Telescope Maker's - Stelfane home page

Astronomy and Space - Interactive Web Resources

Astronomy and Space : Fact files : Learning : National Maritime Museum

The Astronomy Cafe

AstroWeb - Astronomy/Astrophysics on the Internet

The Constellations and Their Stars

Current Night Sky - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Earth & Sky

Infrared Astronomy

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA Eagle Scout Recognition Information

The Nine Planets Solar System Tour

Plans for Building a Dobsonian Telescope

Tonight's Sky - New things to discover every night

Views of the Solar System

Windows to the Universe

Guide to the Planets

Details on Each Planet

Find Satellites, Constellations, Planets and more

Mr R's Astronomy Merit Badge Web Site


BSA Advancement ID

023

Created

1911

Popularity

37

Difficulty

3

Athletics Requirements

Athletics Workbook

  Athletics

The Athletics Merit Badge is pretty easy for most Scouts but gains is given a 3 for difficulty due to the need for planning and scheduled events as a part of the requirements.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 6b

USA Track & Field

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

127

Created

1992

Popularity

99

Difficulty

5

Automotive Maintenance Requirements

Automotive Maintenance Workbook

  Automotive Maintenance

Better merit badge for older Scouts, especially as they get closer to driving age.

2: Check other fluids, Check Oil, Change Oil, Lights, Inspect Belts, Air Filter, Transmission Fluid,

4b: Tire Pressure , Tread Wear

11: True cost of ownership calculator

11b: Detailing, Wiper Blades, Car maintenance,

Bob Hewitt's (Misterfixit's) Auto Repair Page

Animated Engines

WWW Virtual Library: Autos

Other Online Videos: Car Inspection Videos, Car Maintenance


BSA Advancement ID

025

Created

1911

Popularity

58

Difficulty

3 - 4

Aviation Requirements

Aviation Workbook

  Aviation

This merit badge can be a lot of fun for any Scout interested in flying but requires some planning and project work.

FPG-9 Foam Plate Glider

Online Learning to Fly - Video Lessons - First Lesson

Aviation Merit Badge Detailed Notebook

Another FPG-9 Resource

 


BSA Advancement ID

026

Created

1982

Popularity

82

Difficulty

2 - 3

Backpacking Requirements

Backpacking Workbook

  Backpacking

Nice merit badge to get started on at Scout Camp. Best if done in conjunction with the Camping Merit Badge as some requirements can apply to both merit badges.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 11b

8a. Wings' The Home-made Stove Archives

8a. PCTHiker.com: Scott's Pepsi-G Stove — Wow! Information on building your own hi-efficiency stove out of pepsi cans.

How to Pack your Backpack

Backpacking Gear Reviews

Backpacking Lightweight

Backpacker Magazine

Chuck's Backpacking Bonanza

Onestep's Ultralight Backpacking Resource

Ultralightweight Backpacking — How To Do It

Backpacking and Hiking TrailHead

Peak to Peak Trail and Wilderness Links


BSA Advancement ID

027

Created

1927

Popularity

12

Difficulty

1

Basketry Requirements

Basketry Workbook

  Basketry

Some cost involved in this one and can easily be done with the materials at camp or as a Patrol/Troop activity.

Allow 10-20 hours to complete the three baskets
Basketry kits for each project are available at your local Scout Shop or online at ScoutStuff.org and other sites.

  • 3a: Square Basket   Save the more difficult square basket for last. Buy a larger kit like the BSA Square Basket so you have more room to work.

  • 3b: Round Basket   The Round basket is easier for many than the square basket. Still consider the larger BSA Round Basket kit.

  • 3c: Campstool Seat    Leave a gap between the reeds the thickness of two reeds so that you will have room for the cross-pieces.   Consider the BSA Campstool Seat kit.

Free patterns are at: http://www.countryseat.com.

The 301 Rush kit can be used for the campstool requirement but costs about twice as much as the BSA Campstool Seat.

Basketry Information & Supplies

Free Basket Patterns

Basketry Information

Basketry Questions and Basketry Answers!

Native Basketry: Survival, Beauty

Basketweaving 101


BSA Advancement ID

029

Created

1914

Popularity

52

Difficulty

3

Bird Study Requirements

Bird Study Workbook

  Bird Study

Fun Merit badge to do but a lot of study material. This Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T. Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts

This is a great badge to do in February, in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count.

2: Bird Identification Parts of a bird diagrams

3: How to Care for Binoculars

3b: How to Adjust Binoculars

4: How to Use a Field Guide This is from Young Birders, an excellent overall site for the budding birdwatcher.

6: Learn Bird Songs

6: North American Bird Sounds

7a: Surfbirds Find your local birdwatchers and bird watching clubs.

7b: Christmas Bird Count From the National Audubon Society

8: How to Build a Birdbath, Birdhouse, Garden Bench, or Rockwall for Your Garden Illustrated and easy to follow instructions.

Online Bird Study Merit Badge site for Boy Scouts

Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Birding on the Web

Sample Bird Study MB Flyer

Bird Study Merit Badge - earn it on the web


BSA Advancement ID

032

Created

1911

Popularity

84

Difficulty

4

Bugling Requirements

Bugling Workbook

  Bugling

An easy merit badge for anyone as the bugle is one of the easiest instruments to learn next to the kazoo. Scouts already with musical instrument experience, especially a brass player, will find this badge easy to complete.

Consider working on the Bugling Merit Badge ALONG WITH the Music Merit Badge as some requirements may be able to be shared across each merit badge's requirements.

Bugle Calls sheet music

Bugle Calls and Marches audio files

Bugle Calls audio files

Bugling Merit Badge Assistance

Bugle Calls by the United States Marine Corps Band - audio files

Bugle Calls by the United States Army Band - audio files

Words for Bugle Calls - audio files

The G Bugle Web Page - history of the bugle

History of Bugling Merit Badge


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

001

Created

1911

Popularity

3

Difficulty

3

Camping Requirements

Camping Workbook

  Camping

While most requirements are rather easy, this merit badge will take time for the Scout to earn due to the number of camping events required to finish the requirements.  This merit badge is a great Patrol or Troop Badge that should be started sooner than later.

The Difference between Internal- and External-frame backpacks

How to Choose the Right Campsite

Leave No Trace

Outdoor Code

Camping Essentials

Types of Tents

Water Treatment Basics

Internal Frame vs. External Frame

Sleeping Bags

Very Basic Camp Stove Safety

Basic Outdoor Food Safety

USDA Food Safety While Camping

Ideas for Outdoor Meals

Backpacker Magazine


BSA Advancement ID

033

Created

1927

Popularity

9

Difficulty

3

Canoeing Requirements

Canoeing Workbook

  Canoeing

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Canoeing Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their Swimming Merit Badge, First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the requirements for canoeing are done in these areas and will make the Canoeing Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp Merit Badge

Consider working on the Canoeing Merit Badge BEFORE, AFTER, or ALONG WITH the Rowing Merit Badge, Small-Boat Sailing Merit Badge or BEFORE the Whitewater Merit Badge..

Requires successful completion of the BSA Swimmer Test

Lifting and Carrying Canoes

American Canoe Association

NOC (Nantahala Outdoor Center), NC and NOC's Boy Scout program page


BSA Advancement ID

034

Created

1911

Popularity

71

Difficulty

3 - 4

Chemistry Requirements

Chemistry Workbook

  Chemistry

The Chemistry Merit Badge is best done by older Scouts in conjunction with a High School Chemistry or Science class.

5: Definition of Analytical Chemistry

5: Definition of Inorganic Chemistry

5: Definition of Organic Chemistry

5: Definition of Physical Chemistry

5: University of Connecticut Chemistry Divisions

6a: U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

6a: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

6b: What is Pollution and How Does it Affect us?

6b: Chemical of the Week: Ozone

6b: The Myth of Global Warming

6b: Myths and Facts about the Environment: Acid Rain From the National Center for Public Policy Research

6c2: Coal and the Environment: Land and Air

6d: Phosphate Facts

7b: A Day in the Life of a Chemical Engineer

7b: A Day in the Life of a Chemist

ChemCenter - The American Chemical Society

Basic pH Tutorial

WWW Virtual Library: Chemistry

WWW Virtual Library: Chemical Engineering

WWW Virtual Library: Microscopy


BSA Advancement ID

026

Created

1990

Popularity

109

Difficulty

4

Cinematography Requirements

Cinematography Workbook

  Cinematography

This merit badge is most difficult due to the time, resources, and possibly costs required to complete.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 3a

1:180 Degree Axis Rule and Coverage

Motion picture terminology

Cinematography lenses, framing, etc.

2c: Cinematic Techniques

3b: Zoom Lens (how it works, diagram, etc. - Animated

*How Does a Zoom Lens Work?

4: Film or video production jobs

Film Crew Jobs and Responsibilities

Cinematography Mailing List - includes discussion archives on many techniques

American Society of Cinematographers

The Internet Movie Database

Filmmaking


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

002

Created

1952

Popularity

5

Difficulty

3 - 4

Citizenship in the Community Requirements

Citizenship in the Community Workbook

  Citizenship in the Community

 

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 4b, 5, and 7c

Living in an American Community

US Community Page Index - more about your city and lots of links, too

 

 

 

 

 

 


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

003

Created

1951

Popularity

8

Difficulty

3 - 4

Citizenship in the Nation Requirements

Citizenship in the Nation Workbook

  Citizenship in the Nation

 

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 6

1: Citizenship

Rights

Duties

Jury Duty

Obligations (Responsibilities)

2a: National Historic Landmarks

National Register of Historic Places

2c: Post Office Finder - Your local post office is a federal facility.

2d: National Monuments

3: Major daily newspaper websites

4a: Declaration of Independence

Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents

4b: Preamble to the Constitution

Constitutional Topic: The Preamble online

4c: The Constitution

The Constitution Online or The Constitution

4d: Bill of Rights

4e: Amendments to the Constitution

5: Six functions of government from the first six articles

6: Famous speeches

Gettysburg Address I have a dream

Presidential Speeches

The History Place: Great Speeches Collection

7: Branches of Government

Checks and Balances From US Constitution Online

Checks and Balances

8: Citizenship in the Nation MB Pamphlet, page 41: "You can write a letter online or send a letter by mail."

Write a letter online to your Senator or Congressman

U.S. House of Representatives U.S. Senate

Another site for Contacting the Congress

The American Government - "A Grand Experiment"

National Center for Constitutional Studies Includes an online Constitution quiz and game

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government

US History A comprehensive site created by the Independence Hall Association

Justices of the Supreme Court

Understanding the Federal Courts

Kids in the House

World's Smallest Political Quiz

Town Hall

50 States and Capitals

LSU Libraries Federal Agencies Directory

The White House

Congress of the United States


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

004

Created

1972

Popularity

18

Difficulty

3

Citizenship in the World Requirements

Citizenship in the World Workbook

  Citizenship in the World

This Merit Badges is one of the merit badges required to earn the World Conservation Award for Boy Scouts

2: U.S. Citizenship How to become a U.S. citizen

4c1: United Nations Official page

4c1: United Nations: Get Us Out A Contrary View

4c2: International Court of Justice (World Court)

4c2: The Folly of the International Court A Contrary View

4c3: World Organization of the Scout Movement

4c5: Amnesty International

4c5: Amnesty International and Moral Idiocy A Contrary View

4c6: The International Committee of the Red Cross Official page

4c7: C.A.R.E. A privately-funded, international organization fighting global poverty

5: Republics and Democracies

5: Limited and Unlimited Governments

5: Forms of Government

7: US Department of State Official page

7: Future State - US Department of State for Youth

7d: World Scouting Jamboree

How to Become a Citizen of the United States of America — Written for middle schoolers

CIA World Factbook — Information on every country in the world

Presidential Speech Archive

The Global Environment and the National Interest

Background Notes on geographic entities and international organizations

The Interactive Currency Table

NATO

Foreign Consular Offices in the United States

The Electronic Embassy

Geneva International

WWW Virtual Library: Culture

WWW Virtual Library: Indigenous Studies

WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources


BSA Advancement ID

133

Created

1997

Popularity

73

Difficulty

3 - 4

Climbing Requirements

Climbing Workbook

  Climbing

Scouts will find earning the Climbing Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed the Pioneering Merit Badge, and their 1st Class Rank.  Great Scout Camp merit badge.

Climb On Safely - A Guide to Unit Climbing and Rappelling

Animated Knots by Grog

On Rope 1 Tech Tips

Learn Climbing

Climbing Glossary - terminology, definitions & slang

Climbing Merit Bagde counselors - Serving the NY area

Laurel Caverns

NorthStar Adventure, Bethlehem, PA


BSA Advancement ID

035

Created

1938

Popularity

60

Difficulty

2 - 3

Coin Collecting Requirements

Coin Collecting Workbook

  Coin Collecting

Easy merit badge to earn especially if Scout has a collection already  Best if done in conjunction with the Collections Merit Badge as some requirements can apply to both merit badges.

1. Us Mint Process of Making Coins

2. Dictionary of Coin Collecting Terminology

4. Storing your Coin Collection

5b. Legal Tender

5c. The Federal Reserve — Official site

7. 50 State Quarters Program: A Celebration of the States

10a. Tour the US Mint — An official U.S. Department of Treasury webpage

10b. The U.S. Mint for Kids

10d. The Coins of Colonial and Early America

Craig Murray's Scouting Coins

American Numismatic Association

American Numismatic Society

Have you ever wondered about a $1 bill?

The National Numismatic Collection

Coin Collecting Merit Badge Web Site


BSA Advancement ID

128

Created

1991

Popularity

96

Difficulty

2

Collections Requirements

Collections Workbook

  Collections

Great merit badge to do in conjunction with Coin Collecting Merit Badge or Stamp Collecting Merit Badge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

005

Created

1965

Popularity

20

Difficulty

2

Communications Requirements

Communications Workbook

  Communications

The Communications Merit Badge is best when done AFTER or ALONG WITH the Weather Merit Badge as requirement #3 of the Communications Merit Badge is similar to the Weather Merit Badge Requirement #9.

Also consider working on the Communications Merit Badge BEFORE, AFTER, or ALONG WITH the Public Speaking Merit Badge as some requirements may be shared between the two merit badges

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 6

Advice for personal and unit Web sites — Official BSA web site

Effective Presentations

Confidence in Public Speaking - First Speech

Cartographic Communication

 


BSA Advancement ID

137

Created

2006

Popularity

121

Difficulty

4

Composite Materials Requirements

Composite Materials Workbook

  Composite Materials

Scouting-related project ideas

.

walking sticks

troop kitchen

kayak

.

silverware

water bottle

canoe

..

plates

cups

.

..

pots/pans

fishing rod

.

.

Other project ideas

..

surfboard

skim board

snowboard

.

model airplane

model boat

sled

.

skateboard

storage tank

signs

.

furniture

.

.

MSDS List - Contains thousands of materials safety data sheets.

Wikipedia: Composite Materials - Category:Composite Materials; contains a multitude of useful information on composites.

Composite Material Key Concepts - Easy reading on composite materials. Suitable for low-level reading.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers - SME's area for composites.

ACMA's BSA Page - The American Composites Manufacturers Association's page for the Composite Materials merit badge. Great for merit badge research as it is directed towards Scouts


BSA Advancement ID

036

Created

1967

Popularity

61

Difficulty

3

Computers Requirements

Computers Workbook

  Computers

Almost a must have for any Scout, highly recommended and should be an Eagle Requirement merit badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 6e, 7c, and 7d

Many of the requirements can be satisfied using Free (often called "Freeware") and Open Source software programs. These programs are free to download and use under Free/Open Source software licenses. Such licenses remove many of the restrictions on sharing software imposed by proprietary software licenses.

1   How to Keep Children Safe Online From McAfee Protection

2

4a  Computer Hardware

4b  File Formats  and   Wotsit.org

5b  A Complete List of Programming Languages

5e  How Internet Infrastructure Works

6    OpenOffice.org is an open source suite that includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database programs. It is also capable of opening and saving documents in Microsoft format allowing users to work with and save to Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint files

6   Google Docs contains basic spreadsheet, word processor and presentation software. Imports Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint formatted files. Requires only a web browser and a (free) Google account.

6a  See the sample duty roster table in the Camping Worksheet Req. 4b

6b  See the sample food list & cost table in the Cooking Worksheet Req. 3c & 5b

6e  10 slide presentation is similar to: Art #1, Communications #3, Photography #4b

6g

  • Irfanview is free (no cost) to download and use (though not Open Source).

  • Paint.net is a free, open source image editing and photo manipulation software designed to be used on Windows PCs. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools.

  • Picasa is free photo organization and editing tool from Google that can help you make web pages, slide shows and share your photos. A similar application for the Macintosh is iPhoto.

  • For those looking for more advanced photo editing software (or those using Linux) there's The G.I.M.P.. It is a good choice for those who can't use or afford Adobe Photoshop.

7b

  • Sketchup is a "3D modeling software tool that’s easy to learn, simple to use, and lets you place your models in Google Earth".

  • QCad A free trial copy of QCad is available for downloading. The trial copy does have certain limitations (such as terminating after 10 minutes of use) but should suffice for this requirement and give a scout the chance to try a CAD program. (The Community edition of QCad is open source (with fewer limitations than the Professional trial), but only useful if you know how to compile source code.)

7d

  • NVU - an open source html editor with WYSIWYG capability for building web pages. Also, Linux users can use Quanta Plus (which is also open source, and similar to NVU.)

  • Notepad++ - A more stable free HTML editor also with WYSIWYG and a spacebar HTML tag entry

8   Glossary of Computer Terms  or  Online Dictionary of Computing

9b  DRM Information on music copyright protection

10  Computer Science Career Guide

Computer Merit Badge Resource for Scouts and Merit Badge Councilor

The Computer Merit Badge

Scouting Website & Software Information

Welcome to Triumph of the Nerds! - accidental dynasties in computing history

Calculating Machines

ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction

WWW Virtual Library: Logic Programming

WWW Virtual Library: Artificial Intelligence

WWW Virtual Library: Web Design


BSA Advancement ID

038

Created

1911

Popularity

4

Difficulty

2 - 3

Cooking Requirements

Cooking Workbook

  Cooking

A fun merit badge for most Scouts and a definite one you will want for your camping experiences. The Cooking Merit Badge is a great one to start new Scouts on after their first camping trip in preparation for their next camping outing.

4b/6b. Wings' The Home-made Stove Archives

4b/6b. PCTHiker.com: Scott's Pepsi-G Stove — Wow! Information on building your own hi-efficiency stove out of pepsi cans.

Scout Camp Cooking

Camping Food & Dutch Oven Recipes

WAGGGS-L Cyber-Cookbook

Cooking for Scouts and Scouters

Troop 237 Dutch Oven Recipes

The Trailside Cookbook

Buckskinner Cookbook

RecipeSource! — orginally SOAR: The Searchable Online Archive of Recipes

The Recipes Folder

CampRecipes.com

Camp Kitchen — recipes, cooking gear, etc.

U.S. Scouting Service Project Cooking page

Ol' Buffalo Outdoor Cooking Page

How to Build a Solar Cooker

The International Dutch Oven Society

My-Recipe.com

AsiaRecipe.com

Foodborne illness information from the Partnership for Food Safety Education


BSA Advancement ID

131

Created

1996

Popularity

102

Difficulty

3

Crime Prevention Requirements

Crime Prevention Workbook

  Crime Prevention

Best if done AFTER or ALONG WITH the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge, Safety Merit Badge and Traffic Safety Merit Badge as all of these merit badges share some of the same requirements. There are quite a few trips and visits to make to earn this merit badge so it may take quite a bit of time.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 7b

3b: Cops Office: Gangs From the Department of Justice

8: Social Programs that Work Compares, through scientific studies, prevention and rehabilitation programs that work with those that don't.

8f: The Three R's of Youth Protection

Crime Prevention Division - Metro Nashville Police

The BSA Crime Prevention Program

National Crime Prevention Council On-Line Resource Center


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

039

Created

1911

Popularity

54

Difficulty

3

Cycling Requirements

Cycling Workbook

  Cycling

Lots of bike riding involved in this one

Harris Cyclery Articles

USA Cycling

United States Cycling Federation

International Human Powered Vehicle Association

Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

The Youghiogheny River Trail

http://www.routeslip.com/

Bicycle Ride Across Georgia

 


BSA Advancement ID

040

Created

1975

Popularity

98

Difficulty

2

Dentistry Requirements

Dentistry Workbook

  Dentistry

 

1: How to Read Dental X-Rays Great examples, and language written for young folks.

2a: Causes of Gum Disease

4a: Dental Instrument Setups An in-depth look at dental instruments.

5a: How Fluoride Prevents Tooth Decay

5a: Fluoride Action Network A contrary view.

7: Career Opportunities in Dentistry From Dentistry.com.

American Dental Association Public Oral Health Information

So, You Want To Become A Dentist?

The Wisdom Tooth

Oral & Dental Health Basics

CDC's Oral Health Resources

Dental terms


BSA Advancement ID

060

Created

1993

Popularity

104

Difficulty

3

Disabilities Awareness Requirements

Disabilities Awareness Workbook

  Disabilities Awareness

 

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 5a

1: Language and Usage Guide for Editors How to properly refer to a person with a disability.

7: Rewarding Work Human Services for those with Disabilities

Easter Seals

Goodwill Industries

American Association of People with Disabilities

Learning Disabilities Association of America

Canine Companions for Independence

Special Olympics

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights

MOVE International (Mobility Opportunities Via Education and Mobility Opportunities Via Experience)

Very Special Arts

Family Empowerment Network - Down syndrome

National Sports Center for the Disabled

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association

Online Mainstream - News & Advocacy in Disability Rights

OASIS - Online Asperger's Syndrome Information & Support

AASCEND - Autism and Asperger Syndrome Coalition


BSA Advancement ID

041

Created

1938

Popularity

62

Difficulty

2

Dog Care Requirements

Dog Care Workbook

  Dog Care

Helps to have a dog but maybe you could borrow someone else's for a couple months to complete this badge.

Consider doing the Dog Care Merit Badge AFTER or ALONG WITH the Pets Merit Badge. Even consider working on the Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge AFTER earning the Dog Care Merit Badge

Dog Care - by the ASPCA

Helpful Dog Care Tips

The American Kennel Club

A simple first aid kit for dogs

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

042

Created

1965

Popularity

77

Difficulty

3

Drafting Requirements

Drafting Workbook

  Drafting

Best if done AFTER or ALONG WITH the Architecture Merit Badge..

American Design Drafting Association International

AutoDesk - makers of AutoCAD

The CADdepot - AutoCAD add-on

CADsoft - AutoCAD add-on

Professional AutoCAD Users Group of Denver

FBE online learning AutoCAD - 2D tutorials

Design Visions

Index Librorum Liberorum

 


BSA Advancement ID

043

Created

1911

Popularity

44

Difficulty

3

Electricity Requirements

Electricity Workbook

  Electricity

Best if done BEFORE or ALONG WITH the Electronics Merit Badge also good if done BEFORE Radio Merit Badge

2: The checklist to use from the pamphlet is in the last pages of the Electricity Worksheet.

2: Underwriter Laboratories Home Safety Inspection

eMeritBadges.org

WWW Virtual Library: Electrical Engineering

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

044

Created

1963

Popularity

85

Difficulty

3

Electronics Requirements

Electronics Workbook

  Electronics

Best if done AFTER or ALONG WITH the Electricity Merit Badge also good if done ALONG WITH the Radio Merit Badge as the Electronics Merit Badge and Radio Merit Badge share similar requirements.

3a: The Basic Soldering Guide

eMeritBadges.org

Electronics Plus

Electronics tutorials

Electronic References & Scholarly Citations of Internet Sources

 

 


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

006

Created

1972

Popularity

24

Difficulty

3

Emergency Preparedness Requirements

Emergency Preparedness Workbook

  Emergency Preparedness

It is STRONGLY recommended that you FIRST earn your First Aid Merit Badge as it is required in order to complete the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge. Best also if the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge is done AFTER or ALONG WITH the Pioneering Merit Badge.

Best if done AFTER or ALONG WITH the Crime Prevention Merit Badge, Safety Merit Badge and Traffic Safety Merit Badge as all of these merit badges share some of the same requirements

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 8b and 9a

8.c. Emergency Kits

FEMA Independent Study List — If you have an older Scout working on this badge, FEMA self-study units can be converted to college credits. The courses from FEMA are free; there is a small charge to convert them to college credits.

SARBC - Survival: Signalling for Help!

Be Lightning Wise!

Natural Disaster Program for Families

"After a Disaster" Series of Publications

American Red Cross - Disaster Safety

Surviving out in the Desert Southwest

NFPA Emergency Preparedness Kits (National Fire Protection Association)

NFPA Natural Disasters Link

Stop Disasters! A disaster simulation game from the UN/ISDR


BSA Advancement ID

045

Created

1976

Popularity

110

Difficulty

3

Energy Requirements

Energy Workbook

  Energy

The Energy Merit Badge is one of the required and/or elective merit badges to earn one of the William T. Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

046

Created

1967

Popularity

103

Difficulty

4 - 5

Engineering Requirements

Engineering Workbook

  Engineering

Rather intense Merit Badge requiring a lot of in depth field study

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement:1

1: How Things Work

2: Engineering Achievements or Greatest Engineering Achievements

3: Fields (Type) of Engineering

4: [http://www.creatingtechnology.org/sysapp.htm Systems Approach}

6b: Appliance Energy Usage

6f: Science Fair Projects - More

7: Best Engineering Programs

Recommended High School Courses for Engineering Colleges:

Berkley

Iowa State

MIT

Purdue

Stanford

University of Illinois

8: Professional Engineer - Overview

9: Engineer's Code of Ethics

Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland at College Park

Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The Code of Ethics of Engineers - Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society

Exhibits Collection -- Amusement Park Physics

Satellites - You Be the Engineer

WWW Virtual Library: Civil Engineering

WWW Virtual Library: Electrical and Electronics Engineering

WWW Virtual Library: Mechanical Engineering


BSA Advancement ID

134

Created

1997

Popularity

119

Difficulty

4

Entrepreneurship Requirements

Entrepreneurship Workbook

  Entrepreneurship

Great badge for a new troop or patrol when deciding on a fundraising project. Good companion or follow up badge with the American Business Merit Badge as the Entrepreneurship Merit Badge does require you to start a business..

Boy Scouts Entrepreneurship Merit Badge

Better Business Bureau Alerts and News

Young Entrepreneur

 

 

 


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

007

Created

1972

Popularity

14

Difficulty

3 - 4

Environmental Science Requirements

Environmental Science Workbook

  Environmental Science

The Environmental Science Merit Badge is one of the required merit badges to earn one of the William T. Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts.

The Environmental  Science Merit Badge is one of the merit badge required to earn the World Conservation Award for Boy Scouts.

Great Scout Camp merit badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement:3e3

EnviroLink

Fort Collins Science Center

Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change

Introduction to Terrarium & Vivarium Keeping

The Internet Consumer Recycling Guide

MAPS - Measurement of Air Pollution from Satellites

Earth Awareness Educational Resources

Earth911

Nonpoint Source Pointers (Factsheets)

GLOBE - Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment

Green Peace

Endangered Species Program

CRC Endangered Species Science - from the Smithsonian

EE-Link: Endangered Species

EnviroInfo

Find Endangered Species in Your State Clickable map, good for requirement 3e1.


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

129

Created

1991

Popularity

43

Difficulty

2

Family Life Requirements

Family Life Workbook

  Family Life

Rather easy Merit Badge but it does require some time (90 days) to complete requirement 3

Because I Love You

ERIC - Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Families Under Construction

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

048

Created

1928

Popularity

78

Difficulty

2 - 3

Farm Mechanics Requirements

Farm Mechanics Workbook

  Farm Mechanics

Being an urban based troop the biggest challenge on this merit badge is finding a resource in order to complete the requirements. Can be easily completed with the proper resource. Consider working on the Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge BEFORE, AFTER, or ALONG WITH the Farm Mechanics Merit Badge.

1, 2: How to Plan a Farm ShopFrom North Dakota State University; includes sections on tools and safety.

AgriNet

Agriculture Online

U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

049

Created

1938

Popularity

27

Difficulty

1

Fingerprinting Requirements

Fingerprinting Workbook

  Fingerprinting

A fun and easy merit badge, great activity to do if offered at Scout Camp or for a Patrol/Troop meeting with a few simple supplies.

1, 2, & 3. FBI Fingerprint Identification, History, etc.  or  Wikipedia Fingerprint Resources

1. Fingerprint History

1. Criminal versus Civil Fingerprint Identification

2. AFIS versus Biometrics (Fingerprint versus Finger-Scan)

3a. What is a Fingerprint?

3b. Is Fingerprint Indentification a "Science"?

3c. Latent Print Examination: Fingerprints, Palm Prints, and Footprints

4. FBI How to take Fingerprints and  FBI Fingerprinting Video Lesson ·

5. Taking Legible Fingerprints

Biometric Watch Includes a brief history, and identification of the three major types.

National Center For Missing And Exploited Children

Southern California Association of Fingerprint Officers

The Thin Blue Line: Fingerprinting A detailed history of fingerprinting.

Fingerprinting Merit Badge website


BSA Advancement ID

050

Created

1995

Popularity

10

Difficulty

2

Fire Safety Requirements

Fire Safety Workbook

  Fire Safety

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Fire Safety Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  First aid and Injury care requirements for fire safety are done in these areas and will make the Fire Safety Merit Badge much easier to complete

Not a difficult merit badge to do, but lots of requirements including a visit to a fire station. Consider working on the Firem 'n Chit Requirement for Boy Scouts at the same time..

6c: NFPA Fire Extinguishers' page

6e: NFPA: Sprinkler Systems

NFPA Safety in the Home (National Fire Protection Association)

The Fire Station

Fire Safety and Protection Tips

Fire Department News and Safety Tips

Operation Safe Home

Fire Fighters Creed

Sparky the Fire Dog

National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors

Federal Emergency Management Agency


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

008

Created

1911

Popularity

1

Difficulty

5

First Aid Requirements

First Aid Workbook

  First Aid

A difficult merit badge, but required for Eagle requirements. and benefits Scouts immediately with practical skills and knowledge they can use the rest of their life.

Scouts will find earning the First Aid Merit Badge easier if they already completed and know the First Aid requirements from the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. While not required to have completed these ranks in order to work on the First Aid Merit Badge, this is definitely a good merit badge to start with as several other merit badges require aspects found in completing this merit badge.

Good merit badge to do BEFORE the Canoeing Merit Badge. Great one to take advantage of if offered at Scout Camp.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 6c

Satisfy your counselor that you have current knowledge of all first aid requirements for Tenderfoot Rank, Second Class Rank, and First Class Rank.

Guide to Safe Scouting - Section VI - First Aid

Intro to First Aid A free basic training course available online

Learn CPR - You Can Do It!

Realistic First Aid How to use theatrical makeup to teach First Aid


BSA Advancement ID

051

Created

1972

Popularity

50

Difficulty

3

Fish and Wildlife Management Requirements

Fish and Wildlife Management Workbook

  Fish and Wildlife Management

Good Summer Scout Camp merit badge to work on.

This Merit Badge is one of the required and/or elective merit badges to earn one of the William T. Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts

This Merit Badges is one of the merit badges required to earn the World Conservation Award for Boy Scouts

FINS: The Fish Information Service

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

052

Created

1952

Popularity

19

Difficulty

2

Fishing Requirements

Fishing Workbook

  Fishing

The Fishing Merit Badge can be a very easy and fun merit badge to complete but can also be a long and frustrating merit badge as well. Hardest requirement is that in order to successfully complete the Fishing Merit Badge you must catch two fish.  If you really are into fishing consider doing the Fly Fishing Merit Badge ALONG WITH or AFTER the Fishing Merit Badge.

The Fishing Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts.

Take Me Fishing

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

136

Created

2002

Popularity

120

Difficulty

2 - 3

Fly Fishing Requirements

Fly Fishing Workbook

  Fly Fishing

One of the least earned merit badges but a good merit badge to do AFTER or ALONG WITH the Fishing Merit Badge.

Federation of Fly Fishers web site for Fly Fishing Merit Badge

animated knots

Trout Unlimited

Killroy's Fly Tying

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

054

Created

1911

Popularity

36

Difficulty

5

Forestry Requirements

Forestry Workbook

  Forestry

Rather intense Merit Badge requiring a lot of in depth field study Ideally done BEFORE, AFTER, or ALONG WITH the Nature Merit Badge as Requirement 1 is identical to Requirement 4g of the Nature Merit Badge.

The Forestry Merit Badge is one of the required and/or elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 5

Requirement 1 is identical to requirement 4g of the Nature merit badge

American Forest & Paper Association: Forest Products Resources

Plant-It 2020

Forest Puzzles

Key to Leaves of Virginia Trees

Environmental Effects of Whole-Tree Timber Harvesting

TAPPI Paper University

WWW Virtual Library: Forestry

3b: Locate Your Watershed Enter your zip code to find your watershed. From the EPA.

4: Forest Management USDA Forest Service site


BSA Advancement ID

055

Created

1911

Popularity

67

Difficulty

1 - 2

Gardening Requirements

Gardening Workbook

  Gardening

The Gardening Merit Badge is a pretty easy merit badge, ideal for a Patrol/Troop project.  Takes a little time as you need to observe and tend to your garden for a few months.

Consider doing the Landscape Architecture Merit Badge and/or the Plant Science Merit Badge BEFORE working on the Gardening Merit Badge.

The Gardening Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts.

2: The Food Coach: Food Value Database

5: Common Garden Pests A comprehensive guide on garden pests and how to get rid of them.

6a: How to Build a Compost Bin Several designs from the University of Missouri.

6c: Building a Floating Hydroponic Garden From the University of Florida.

6d: How to Build a Water Garden Illustrated.

American Horticultural Society

Aquaculture Information Network

Common Garden Pests

Home and Garden Television

Garden Web

Growing Herbs in the Home Garden

The Garden Gate

The Gardener's Guide to Finding Answers on the Internet

Master Gardeners

National Gardening Association

Old Farmer's Almanac

Trust for Public Land

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. National Arboretum

World Aquaculture Society

USDA National Organic Program

World’s Healthiest Foods


BSA Advancement ID

056

Created

1972

Popularity

81

Difficulty

2 - 3

Genealogy Requirements

Genealogy Workbook

  Genealogy

Great merit badge to work on and get a good start and introduction to genealogy. You might even discover relatives that are Scouts too.

6: Make My Family Tree A free site with step-by-step directions to make a family tree.

Julie's Genealogy - BSA Merit Badge

Kindred Trails A comprehensive genealogy site with free downloads, free forms, and free software.

Beginner's Guide to Family History Research

The Learning Center - National Genealogical Society

RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative

Ancestry HomeTown

Genealogy: Free Advice for Effective Searches

Family Tree Searcher

GenSite - ranks genealogy sites by popularity

Kindred Konnections Genealogy and Family History Home Page

Daughters of the American Revolution Library

The USGenWeb Project

The WorldGenWeb Project

Genealogy: Ultimate Family Tree - several free databases available

FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service

Family Tree Maker's Genealogy Site: Genealogy Help

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - hundreds of thousands of links


BSA Advancement ID

058

Created

1953

Popularity

57

Difficulty

3 - 4

Geology Requirements

Geology Workbook

  Geology

The Geology Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 4a and 5c

Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark website

Careers in Geology - Help with requirement 4b. Includes information on many careers concerning the geosciences.

Iron Refining - Help with requirement 2. Gives an easy-to-understand overview on how iron refining works.

Oil Refining - Help with requirement 2. Good overview on oil refining.

Minerals.Net - Great for the Mineral Resources Option concerning requirement 5.

WebMineral.Com - Another good site for the Mineral Resources Option in requirement 5. This one is more concerned on the properties, classification, and characteristics of minerals.

http://www.laurelcaverns.com

Rockhounding Arkansas

Earth Science Enterprise

Educational Resources

A Wonderful World of Minerals

The US Geological Society

The USGS and Science Education

USGS Water Resources Education Resources

USGS: Ask-A-Geologist


BSA Advancement ID

059

Created

1976

Popularity

92

Difficulty

1 - 2

Golf Requirements

Golf Workbook

  Golf

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Golf Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  First aid and Injury care requirements for golf are done in these areas and will make the Golf Merit Badge much easier to complete

Fun merit badge to do as a Patrol/Troop weekend outing

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 8

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

122

Created

1987

Popularity

117

Difficulty

3

Graphic Arts Requirements

Graphic Arts Workbook

  Graphic Arts

Great merit badge to earn and get a basic introductory to the Graphic Arts industry.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 4a

Wikipedia Printing Category

offset lithography, screen printing, electronic/digital, relief, gravure, continuous tone, line, and halftone, binding

 

 

 

 

 


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

061

Created

1921

Popularity

30

Difficulty

2 - 3

Hiking Requirements

Hiking Workbook

  Hiking

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Hiking Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  First aid and Injury care requirements for hiking are done in these areas and will make the Hiking Merit Badge much easier to complete

The hikes in requirements 5 and 6 can be used in fulfilling Second Class Rank (2a) and First Class Rank (3) rank requirements, but only if Hiking merit badge requirements 1, 2, 3, and 4 have been completed to the satisfaction of your counselor.   In other words, if you go ahead and knock out the first four requirements early, you'll be able use later hikes to kill two birds with one stone

Backpacker Magazine

Hiking First Aid Tips

Rails to Trails Converted railroad routes throughout the country.


BSA Advancement ID

062

Created

1943

Popularity

11

Difficulty

4

Home Repairs Requirements

Home Repairs Workbook

  Home Repairs

Best if done ALONG WITH the Painting Merit Badge. Consider doing the Home Repairs Merit Badge ALONG WITH the Plumbing Merit Badge or even the Woodworking Badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

063

Created

1911

Popularity

49

Difficulty

2

Horsemanship Requirements

Horsemanship Workbook

  Horsemanship

A rather easy to do merit badge but the tough part is having a horse or access to a horse in order to accomplish a couple of the requirements. Consider coupling the Horsemanship Merit Badge BEFORE, AFTER, or ALONG WITH either the Animal Science Merit Badge or (if you own a horse) the Pets Merit Badge.  Even consider working on the Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge AFTER completing the Horsemanship Merit Badge.

4. Western Saddle — including diagram of saddle parts.

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

064

Created

1931

Popularity

39

Difficulty

1

Indian Lore Requirements

Indian Lore Workbook

  Indian Lore

Easily done merit badge, consider coupling the Indian Lore Merit Badge ALONG WITH or AFTER the American Heritage Merit Badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 2b

1: History of the Makah

1: History of the Squaxin Island Indians

1: History of the Suquamish Tribe Chief Seattle's tribe

3a: Authentic Indian Games

4d: Indian Sign Languages: Hand-Signals to Communicate From the National Parks Service

4h: Indian Chiefs and Leaders by Tribe

4i: The Iroquois Confederacy and the US Constitution From Portland State University


BSA Advancement ID

065

Created

1985

Popularity

87

Difficulty

4

Insect Study Requirements

Insect Study Workbook

  Insect Study

The Insect Study Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts. Great merit badge to work on at Summer Scout Camp if offered.

1: Insect definition, species, parts, etc.

2: Structure of Insects Excellent graphics and explanation.

3: Insect Families or Insect Orders - Another site

4: A & M online scrapbook with photos, articles, scientific names, etc.

How to identify insects (with scrapbook pages)

University of Kentucky online scrapbook

Iowa State University Interactive Bug Guide

5a: Helpful Insects - More or Harmful Insects - More

6: Butterflies - Butterfly Website or Grasshoppers - Arizona Edu

8: colony webcams - USDA Beehive webcam or More


BSA Advancement ID

066

Created

1927

Popularity

100

Difficulty

3 - 4

Journalism Requirements

Journalism Workbook

  Journalism

Nice introductory merit badge to Journalism

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 3b and 3c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

067

Created

1967

Popularity

106

Difficulty

1 - 2

Landscape Architecture Requirements

Landscape Architecture Workbook

  Landscape Architecture

Best if done ALONG WITH the Architecture Merit Badge as Scouts earn two merit badges at the same time and many requirements are shared amongst merit badges. Might also want to consider looking into BEFORE or ALONG WITH the Gardening Merit Badge

Consider working on the Landscape Architecture Merit Badge ALONG WITH or AFTER the Plant Science Merit Badge or even the Surveying Merit Badge.

The Landscape Architecture Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts

2b. American Society of Landscape Architects' Web site

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

068

Created

1974

Popularity

89

Difficulty

2 - 3

Law Requirements

Law Workbook

  Law

The Law Merit Badge is not as difficult as one might think, it gives a great introduction to Scouts that might be interested in Law or just learning a little more about Law; much can be done online.

1: Definition, Overview, History, etc.   Definition of "Law"   Sources of Law

2a: The Code of Hammurabi   Another source
       Justinian Code   Another source
       Magna Carta      What is the Magna Carta?

2b: History of the Jury System

2c: Famous Trials

3: Civil Law & Criminal Law   Differences between civil law and criminal law

5: Consumer Protection laws & organizations

7: Job of an attorney

8: Legal Education topics: Bachelor's degree, Law School, Juris Doctorate Degree, and Bar Exam Federal Judge


BSA Advancement ID

069

Created

1951

Popularity

16

Difficulty

1 - 2

Leatherwork Requirements

Leatherwork Workbook

  Leatherwork

The Leatherwork Merit Badge is an ideal Scout Camp merit badge as most Scout camps have the materials required to complete this badge. The Leatherwork Merit Badge is also a good Patrol/Troop activity merit badge if resources are available.

Information about leather from Answers.com

 

 

 

 

 

 


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

009

Created

1911

Popularity

7

Difficulty

4

Lifesaving Requirements

Lifesaving Workbook

  Lifesaving

Having earned the BSA Lifeguard Award helps greatly with the earning of the Lifesaving Merit Badge.

In order to complete the Lifesaving Merit Badge it is required that the Scout has completed Second Class Requirements 7a through 7c and First Class Requirements 9a through 9c.

Consider working on the Lifesaving Merit Badge AFTER or ALONG WITH the First Aid Merit Badge. You may also consider working on the Lifesaving Merit Badge in conjunction with a CPR course outside of Scouting.

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

071

Created

1985

Popularity

40

Difficulty

3

Mammal Study Requirements

Mammal Study Workbook

  Mammal Study

The Mammal Study Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts.

Consider working on the Mammal Study Merit Badge AFTER completion of the Fish and Wildlife Management Merit Badge

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 5

1: Animal

Invertebrate

Vertebrate

Mammal definition and three characteristics

2: Animal kingdom classification    Examples: Dog - Cat - Fox

2c: Nongame mammal examples: Bat - Mole - Rat

4b: Game animals Game animals   Examples: Deer - Rabbit - Wild Boar

4g: Food Chains

5: Managing Mammals


BSA Advancement ID

130

Created

1991

Popularity

114

Difficulty

5

Medicine Requirements

Medicine Workbook

  Medicine

The Medicine Merit Badge is not for the beginning Scout. There are lots of requirements for this merit badge which take a lot of time, more geared towards older Scouts.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 10

2: Survivor M.D. Explains the Hippocratic Oath, both modern and historical.

9: Privatization and Its Discontents The Evolving Chinese Health Care System The New England Journal of Medicine looks at China's failing health care system.

9: Health and medical care policy and dental care The official Swedish government information page for the single-payer system.

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

074

Created

1927

Popularity

35

Difficulty

3 - 4

Metalwork Requirements

Metalwork Workbook

  Metalwork

The Metalwork Merit Badge is not highly difficult but does require access to the proper materials and tools in order to complete. Take advantage of any local or Scout Camp offering of this merit badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for the different options found in requirement: 5

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

075

Created

1963

Popularity

79

Difficulty

4

Model Design and Building Requirements

Model Design and Building Workbook

  Model Design and Building

The Model Design and Building Merit Badge is one that a Scout will have great fun with but it does require a bit of time and a number of projects and resources to complete

Consider working on the Model Design and Building Merit Badge ALONG WITH the Space Exploration Merit Badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 1, 2, 4a and 4c

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

076

Created

1961

Popularity

56

Difficulty

3 - 4

Motorboating Requirements

Motorboating Workbook

  Motorboating

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Motorboating Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their Swimming Merit Badge, First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the requirements for Motorboating are done in these areas and will make the Motorboating Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp Merit Badge. if offered. 

Consider working on your Motorboating Merit Badge AFTER or ALONG WITH your Canoeing Merit Badge, especially if you have already earned your Swimming Merit Badge, First Aid Merit Badge and First Class Rank.

The Motorboating Merit Badge is better for older Scouts and does require access and use of a motorboat.

Requires successful completion of BSA Swimmer Test prior working on the Motorboating Merit Badge

Scout Boating Code - for requirement 4.b.


BSA Advancement ID

077

Created

1911

Popularity

32

Difficulty

2

Music Requirements

Music Workbook

  Music

The Music Merit Badge is one of the easier merit badges to earn. The toughest part of this merit badge is being a part of a band or choir for 6 months.

Consider working on the Music Merit Badge ALONG WITH or BEFORE the Bugling Merit Badge as some requirements may be able to be shared across each merit badge's requirements.

2 Classifying Musical Instruments

Help for Composing music theory

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

078

Created

1952

Popularity

22

Difficulty

3

Nature Requirements

Nature Workbook

  Nature

Ideally done BEFORE, AFTER, or ALONG WITH the Forestry Merit Badge as Requirement 4g is identical to Requirement 1 of the Forestry Merit Badge.

The Nature Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts.

Good merit badge to do at a Scout Camp or even on a Patrol/Troop camp outing.

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

024

Created

2005

Popularity

90

Difficulty

3 - 4

Nuclear Science Requirements

Nuclear Science Workbook

  Nuclear Science

The Nuclear Science Merit Badge is better suited for older Scouts.  While requirements are not difficult, requirements are involved and time consuming requiring a lot of research and projects to complete.

The Nuclear Science Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts

1a: Deterministic and Stochastic Models

1a: Radiation and Risk From the University of Michigan's Health Physics Society.

1a: Radiation Protection Laws From the Environmental Protection Agency.

1b: The Trefoil (Tri-Foil)

2: Dictionary of Radiological Terms

3: The Atomic Heritage Foundation

4a: Uncovering the Mysteries of Nuclear Fission

5a: Build an Electroscope A simple design from a Mason jar and foil. Illustrated.

5e: Radon Outreach Program From the Washington State Department of Health.

5g: How to Build a Cloud Chamber

6b: Nuclear Power Plants and Utilities Lists both public and private nuclear sites, and includes links to their websites.

6b: Nuclear Power and its Role in Global Electricity and Energy Tables comparing nuclear energy in various countries, contrasting various fuel types, and showing energy consumption.

Nuclear Energy Institute: Science Club A full explanation and exploration of nuclear science, written on a middle-school level.


BSA Advancement ID

079

Created

1964

Popularity

76

Difficulty

4

Oceanography Requirements

Oceanography Workbook

  Oceanography

The Oceanography Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 8a and 8c

Composition of Seawater - Excellent site for requirements 2 and 5. It gives much detailed information about the oceans including the percentage of elements present in water, salinity/salts, density, dissolved gases, temperature, nutrients, and underwater photosynthesis.

Plankton and the Benthos: From Top to Bottom - Good resource for requirement 6. Provides detailed information on the Plankton and Benthos marine groups.

Marine Careers - The site says it all. Perfect for option C in requirement 8.

University of West Florida - One of the leading universities in marine science. Offers undergraduate degrees in Marine Biology, Maritime Studies, and Oceanography; graduate degrees in Biology including specializations in Marine Biology and Coastal Zones.

Texas A & M - One of the largest and most well-known universities that offers degrees and conducts research in the fields of marine science. Offers undergraduate degrees in Ocean Engineering and Biology and minors in Oceanography; graduate degrees in Water Management and Hydrological Science, Fisheries Science, Ocean Engineering, Oceanography, and Biology. It also has a special branch in Galveston, TX that is specifically devoted to the marine sciences.


BSA Advancement ID

080

Created

1974

Popularity

45

Difficulty

3 - 4

Orienteering Requirements

Orienteering Workbook

  Orienteering

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Orienteering Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  First aid and Injury care requirements for orienteering are done in these areas and will make the Orienteering Merit Badge much easier to complete

The Orienteering Merit Badge might be a merit badge to consider doing ALONG WITH the Hiking Merit Badge and/or Back Packing Merit Badge. Fun to include a Patrol/Troop geo-caching activity with.

Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark website

1 Common First Aid Treatments - Mayo Clinic

3a How a Compass Works

4c Online Declination Calculator

6a International Control Descriptions An online interactive quiz for learning or reviewing the IOF symbols

6ab 2004 Int'l Specification for Control Descriptions - 29 pages

6ab One Page Control Description Cheat Sheet

6c Better definitions than in the merit badge handbook

Geocaching.com The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site

Geocaching to Promote Scouting

Orienteering Games for the Computer

Schoolyard Compass Game

Scout Skills Orienteering Badge

US Orienteering Federation


BSA Advancement ID

081

Created

1911

Popularity

53

Difficulty

1

Painting Requirements

Painting Workbook

  Painting

The Painting Merit Badge is an easy merit badge to earn, especially if you make this a Patrol/Troop activity.

Consider doing the Painting Merit Badge ALONG WITH the Home Repairs Merit Badge as some requirements can be shared between the two merit badges.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 3

 

 

 

 

 

 


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

010

Created

1952

Popularity

15

Difficulty

3

Personal Fitness Requirements

Personal Fitness Workbook

  Personal Fitness

The Personal Fitness Merit Badge is one that will take some time to complete.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 7

1a. BSA Medical Exam Form (Class 1 and 2) official BSA link

1a. BSA Medical Exam Form (Class 3) official BSA link

1a4 Seven Warning Signs of Cancer Another site

1a5 Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease What are the Youth Risk Factors that Affect Cardiovascular Fitness in Adulthood?

2a. Mind, Body, Spirit

2c. What does it mean to be mentally healthy?

2e. Concept of Health

4a. The Seven Major Components of Physical Fitness An official BSA link

6. Notes and charts

9. Exercise Careers

Amateur-Sports.com

American Dietetic Association

American Hearty Association

Centers for Disease Control

Fitness for Kids

Intr. Food Information Council Foundation

KidsHealth

National Athletic Trainer's Association


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

011

Created

1972

Popularity

26

Difficulty

3 - 4

Personal Management Requirements

Personal Management Workbook

  Personal Management

The Personal Management Merit Badge will take a little time and planning to complete.

2a. How to Set Up a Personal Budget

3c. Buyers Remorse

4a. Savings vs. Investment

4b. Return on Investment   Risk   Simple & Compound Interest

5. Stocks: Most Actives   Yahoo Finance   MSN MoneyCentral

8a. Time Management   SMART Goals

Investing Opportunities for Scouts - example investment programs for youth

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Motley Fool

Consumer Protection FTC

Nat. Assn of Investors

Guide to Financial Aid

students.gov

studentaid.ed.gov

youngbiz.com

The Mint - Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Site with help on saving, investing, terminology, etc.


BSA Advancement ID

082

Created

1958

Popularity

46

Difficulty

1

Pets Requirements

Pets Workbook

  Pets

The Pets Merit Badge is a very easy merit badge to earn but does require 4 months of pet care in order to complete,

Consider doing the Pets Merit Badge BEFORE, AFTER or ALONG WITH the Dog Care Merit Badge (if you have a dog) and/or the Horsemanship Merit Badge (if you have a horse)

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 1

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

083

Created

1911

Popularity

64

Difficulty

3

Photography Requirements

Photography Workbook

  Photography

The Photography Merit Badge is a fun a rather easy merit badge to earn. Many Scout Camps offer this merit badge and can be a great way to earn a merit badge and capture a few memories for posterity at the same time.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 4a and 4b

Kodak's explanation of how lighting affects photos Also contains a wealth of information written for the non-professional

How Shutter Speed, Aperture, and Film Speed Affect Your Picture

Basic Photography: Rule of Thirds

Leading Lines Includes some great photographs for examples

Framing your Photos

Depth

Angle of View An in-depth discussion; slightly technical

Stop-Action Photography

How Digital Cameras Work

Film vs. Digital

Careers in Photography


BSA Advancement ID

084

Created

1911

Popularity

13

Difficulty

3 - 4

Pioneering Requirements

Pioneering Workbook

  Pioneering

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Pioneering Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  First aid and Injury care requirements for pioneering are done in these areas and will make the Pioneering Merit Badge much easier to complete.

In order to complete the Pioneering Merit Badge it is required that the Scout completes Tenderfoot Class Requirements 4a through 4b and First Class Requirements 7a through 7c.

The Pioneering Merit Badge is a great merit badge to work on BEFORE or ALONG WITH the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge.

The Pioneering Merit Badge is also a good merit badge to work on BEFORE or ALONG WITH the Climbing Merit Badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 10

How to tie a bowline

Information on types of rope

Step-by-step how-to instructions for lower rank knots and lashings requirements:


BSA Advancement ID

085

Created

1974

Popularity

116

Difficulty

5

Plant Science Requirements

Plant Science Workbook

  Plant Science

The Plant Science Merit Badge is a difficult merit badge to earn and requires a lot of involvement for each requirement.

The Plant Science Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts.

Consider working on the Plant Science Merit Badge BEFORE or ALONG WITH the Gardening Merit Badge or even the Landscape Architecture Merit Badge

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

086

Created

1911

Popularity

68

Difficulty

3

Plumbing Requirements

Plumbing Workbook

  Plumbing

Consider doing the Plumbing Merit Badge ALONG WITH the Home Repairs Merit Badge as some requirements can be shared between the two merit badges.

2. Diagrams of House Hot & Cold and Drain systems

http://www.inspectionassociates.com/residential/plumbing/Plumbing_intro.gif

http://www.hometips.com/images/content/plumbing_cat.jpg

http://cache.eb.com/eb/image?id=102384&rendTypeId=36

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

087

Created

1927

Popularity

70

Difficulty

2 - 3

Pottery Requirements

Pottery Workbook

  Pottery

The Pottery Merit Badge can be a fun Scout Camp activity if offered or even a good Patrol/Troop outing.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 7

Pottery -- An easy approach to the basics of pottery, including several links that may help you find additional information.

How to make Pottery.com -- an online guide to making pottery.

Ceramics.Org -- The American Ceramic Society's home page.

Potters Council -- The Potters Council of the American Ceramic Society's home page

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

089

Created

1911

Popularity

23

Difficulty

3

Public Health Requirements

Public Health Workbook

  Public Health

The Public Health Merit Badge requires a few visits to complete. Good Patrol/Troop activity merit badge.

The Public Health Merit Badge is one of the required and/or elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts..

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 5 and 7

1: What is Public Health?

Vaccinations for Children, Why and When

National Vaccine Information Center Promoting Informed Consent about Vaccination

What is a Vector?

 


BSA Advancement ID

090

Created

1932

Popularity

47

Difficulty

3 - 4

Public Speaking Requirements

Public Speaking Workbook

  Public Speaking

Consider working on the Public Speaking Merit Badge ALONG WITH the Communications Merit Badge as some requirements may be shared between the two merit badges.

Using Parliamentary Procedure A lesson plan from Mississippi State University's extension program.

Parliamentary Procedure Online Includes a tutorial and quizzes.

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

091

Created

1972

Popularity

105

Difficulty

3

Pulp and Paper Requirements

Pulp and Paper Workbook

  Pulp and Paper

The Pulp and Paper Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 7

TAPPI Paper University

International Paper's Learning Center

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

093

Created

1923

Popularity

91

Difficulty

3

Radio Requirements

Radio Workbook

  Radio

Best if done AFTER the Electricity Merit Badge also good if done ALONG WITH the Electronics Merit Badge as the Radio Merit Badge and Electronics Merit Badge share similar requirements.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 7

1: Radio (in General)

1a: Amateur radio   Amateur Radio Service   Broadcasting

1b: Broadcasting (commercial)   Broadcasting (public)

1c: Call Signs   Amateur Radio call signs   FCC (Federal Communications Commission)   Amateur Radio call sign map (radioing.com)

1d: Phonetic Alphabet   International Phonetic Alphabet (US Navy)   International Phonetic Alphabet (NASA)

2a: Radio Waves in the Atmosphere   WWV   WWVH

2b: DXing   DX (distance) communications   FCC (Federal Communications Commission)   ITU Overview   ITU Website

3: Radio Frequency Spectrum   United States Frequency Allocation Chart   Radio Communications Sector

4: Modulation to carry information-animated graphics   Radio Propagation   Transceiver   Transmitter   Amplifier   Antenna

5ab: Block Diagram   Circuit diagrams   Electronic symbols

5b: Microphone   Feed Line (also see 4 and 5a above)

5c: Open Circuit   Open vs. Closed Circuit   Short Circuit

5d: Electrical components

6: Electrical Safety – Including Lightning, Antennas, etc. Direct Current   Grounding

7: Broadcasting   Amateur Radio Station

9a:Short-wave Listening   International Broadcasting (Short-wave Listening)

JOTA (Jamboree On The Air, third weekend of each October)

Radio Website with old requirements

ARRL (Amateur Radio Relay League)

How to get an amateur radio license (above and beyond the merit badge)


BSA Advancement ID

094

Created

1952

Popularity

83

Difficulty

2 - 3

Railroading Requirements

Railroading Workbook

  Railroading

The Railroading Merit Badge is a fun and rather easy merit badge, great Patrol/Troop activity merit badge to work on.

2: Amtrak

3c: Support Activities for Transportation From the US Census Dept

4: Operation Lifesaver

5: Safety for Railfans

6: Know Your Railroad Signs Part of Operation Lifesaver

7d: APR Cabooses Scroll to the bottom of the page.

8b: Railfan.net

8b4: Amtrak Schools on Trains: Cascades

8b4: Amtrak Schools on Trains: Hiawatha

SMRHS -- Sacramento Model Railroad Historical Society, highly supportive of the merit badge.


BSA Advancement ID

095

Created

1925

Popularity

25

Difficulty

2

Reading Requirements

Reading Workbook

  Reading

The Reading Merit Badge is a good merit badge for younger Boy Scouts to get signed up for at the beginning of the school year and work on in conjunctions with reading assignments in school. Good individual service project attached with this merit badge to complete the requirements.

Library of Congress -- The USA's Library of Congress's home page.

LoC Online Catalog -- The USA's Library of Congress's Online catalog.

DMOZ directory of Boy Scouts of America sites -- A good resource for requirement 3b. Lists over 2,600 web sites beneficial to Scouting.

ALSC's Newberry Page -- List of Newberry Medal and Honors books.

Teen Reads Home Page -- A website entirely devoted to books for teenagers. Great source if you're looking for a certain book, author, or just browsing.

ALSC's Home Page -- The Association for Library Service to Children's home page.

ALA's Home Page -- The American Library Association's home page.


BSA Advancement ID

096

Created

1993

Popularity

48

Difficulty

3

Reptile and Amphibian Study Requirements

Reptile and Amphibian Study Workbook

  Reptile and Amphibian Study

The toughest part of the Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge is that you must keep, and care for, a reptile or amphibian as a pet for a month. Consider doing the Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge ALONG WITH the Pets Merit Badge.

The Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts

NOTE: Scouts must not use venomous reptiles in fulfilling requirement 8a. Species listed by federal or state law as endangered, protected, or threatened must not be used as live specimens in completing requirement 8a unless official permission has been given. In most cases all specimens should be returned to the wild at the location of capture after the requirement has been met. Check with your merit badge counselor for those instances where the return of these specimens would not be appropriate.

Under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, some plants and animals are, or may be, protected by federal law. The same ones and/or others may be protected by state law. Be sure that you do not collect protected species.

Your state may require that you purchase and carry a license to collect certain species. Check with the wildlife and fish and game officials in your state regarding species regulations before you begin to collect.

Kentucky Snake Identification

Species information, maps, GIS


BSA Advancement ID

123

Created

1988

Popularity

41

Difficulty

2 - 3

Rifle Shooting Requirements

Rifle Shooting Workbook

  Rifle Shooting

The Rifle Shooting Merit Badge is a great Scout Camp Merit Badge to complete. Consider working on the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge ALONG WITH the Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge.

National Rifle Association

Alco Target Company

National Target Company

U.S. Target Company

Troop 509's step-by-step guide to completing the Rifle Badge

Video Lessons:  Loading & Cleaning  and  All About Target Shooting

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

098

Created

1933

Popularity

21

Difficulty

2 - 3

Rowing Requirements

Rowing Workbook

  Rowing

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Rowing Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their Swimming Merit Badge, First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the requirements for canoeing are done in these areas and will make the Canoeing Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp Merit Badge

Consider working on the Rowing Merit Badge BEFORE, AFTER, or ALONG WITH the Canoeing Merit Badge, Small-Boat Sailing Merit Badge or BEFORE the Whitewater Merit Badge..

Requires successful completion of the BSA Swimmer Test

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

012

Created

1927

Popularity

6

Difficulty

2

Safety Requirements

Safety Workbook

  Safety

The Safety Merit Badge is a fairly easy merit badge to complete. Best if done BEFORE, AFTER or ALONG WITH the Crime Prevention, Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge, and/or the  Traffic Safety Merit Badge as all of these merit badges share some of the same requirements.

You may also consider working on the Safety Merit Badge ALONG WITH the Family Life Merit Badge, Fire Safety Merit Badge and/or  First Aid Merit Badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 2a

6: U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Advisory System

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

099

Created

1927

Popularity

72

Difficulty

2

Salesmanship Requirements

Salesmanship Workbook

  Salesmanship

The Salesmanship Merit Badge should be fairly simple for since almost every Scout sells wreaths or Popcorn at some point.

Consider working on the Salesmanship Merit Badge AFTER or ALONG WITH the Public Speaking Merit Badge.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 3

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

100

Created

1911

Popularity

31

Difficulty

2 - 3

Scholarship Requirements

Scholarship Workbook

  Scholarship

The Scholarship Merit Badge is a good merit badge to start in the fall and challenge Scouts on through their school year.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 4b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

101

Created

1911

Popularity

74

Difficulty

2

Sculpture Requirements

Sculpture Workbook

  Sculpture

The Sculpture Merit Badge is a good merit badge to take advantage of if offered at a Scout Camp

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 2c

1: Safety Procedures for Sculpture University of Virginia's studio rules.

2b: It's So Easy to Cast Plaster! How to make a plaster cast of almost anything.

3: Careers for Sculptors From Sculpture.org.

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

124

Created

1988

Popularity

69

Difficulty

4 - 5

Shotgun Shooting Requirements

Shotgun Shooting Workbook

  Shotgun Shooting

The Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge is a great Scout Camp Merit Badge to complete. Consider doing the Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge ALONG WITH the Rifle Shooting Merit Badge.

http://www.nra.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

103

Created

1973

Popularity

86

Difficulty

3

Skating Requirements

Skating Workbook

  Skating

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Skating Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Injury care requirements for skating are done in these areas and will make the Skating Merit Badge much easier to complete. Choose from one of the following; ice skating, roller skating, or in-line skating, to complete this merit badge.

Inline Skating Glossary

Inline Skating Safety

How to Do a Mohawk Turn

How to Take Care of Your Inline Skates This site also has a wealth of other information for Inline Skating

Parts of an Inline Skate Includes photos and Diagrams

Tutorials, Techniques, and FAQs for Skating

Video: A Proper Mohawk

Video: Linked Swizzles


BSA Advancement ID

105

Created

1964

Popularity

55

Difficulty

3

Small-Boat Sailing Requirements

Small-Boat Sailing Workbook

  Small-Boat Sailing

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Small-Boat Sailing Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their Swimming Merit Badge, First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the requirements for this badge are done in these areas and will make the Small-Boat Sailing Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp merit badge if offered.

Consider working on the Small-Boat Sailing Merit Badge AFTER or ALONG WITH the Canoeing Merit Badge, Rowing Merit Badge or BEFORE the Whitewater Merit Badge.

Requires successful completion of the BSA Swimmer Test

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 6c

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

135

Created

1999

Popularity

66

Difficulty

3

Snow Sports Requirements

Snow Sports Workbook

  Snow Sports

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Snow Sports Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the first aid requirements for this badge are done in these areas and will make the Snow Sports Merit Badge much easier to complete

The Smart Style Program From the National Ski Area Association

Your Responsibility Code From the National Safety Council

Your Responsibility Code From the National Ski Area Association

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

106

Created

1952

Popularity

38

Difficulty

3

Soil and Water Conservation Requirements

Soil and Water Conservation Workbook

  Soil and Water Conservation

The Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge is one of the required and/or elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts

The Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge is one of the merit badges required to earn the World Conservation Award for Boy Scouts.

Consider working on the Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge BEFORE or ALONG WITH the Gardening Merit Badge or even ALONG WITH the Plant Science Merit  Badge.  Good Scout Camp merit badge if offered.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 7f

1a: What's the Difference Between Soil and Dirt?

2: The Soil Erosion Site

3: National Conservation Practice Standards

4: What is a Watershed? From the Watershed Atlas.

5a: The Hydrologic/Water Cycle From the University of North Dakota's Earthscape Project.

5b: Capillary Action

5b: Soil Percolation

6: Water Pollution FAQs

6c: Water Quality Monitor: Biochemical Oxygen Demand

6c/d: Wastewater Treatment Principles and Regulations

7d: How to Use a Soil Survey From the USDA's Natural Resources Conversation Service.

PlantTalk Colorado™ – from Colorado State University; provides reliable, timely information on more than 400 horticultural topics.


BSA Advancement ID

107

Created

1965

Popularity

63

Difficulty

3

Space Exploration Requirements

Space Exploration Workbook

  Space Exploration

Consider working on the Space Exploration Merit Badge AFTER or ALONG WITH the Astronomy Merit Badge and/or the Model Design and Building Merit Badge

2 Gallery of historic figures in space exploration

National Association of Rocketry

NASA Homepage

Space Exploration Home Page

Free technical publications from Estes Industries

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

013

Created

1965

Popularity

34

Difficulty

3

Sports Requirements

Sports Workbook

  Sports

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Sports Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed the First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many first aid requirements for this badge are done in these areas and will make the Sports Merit Badge much easier to complete.

It should be noted that, the activities use to fulfill the requirements for the Sports Merit Badge may NOT be used to help fulfill requirements for other merit badges.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 5

Restricted sports include those on the Unauthorized and Restricted Activities list:  Boxing, Karate, "Related Martial Arts" (excepting judo, aikido, and tai chi), Parachuting, Flying, Motorized speed events (motorbikes, drag racing, speedboats), Paintball, Hunting, or Parasailing

3a: The Importance of Warm-up and Cool Down


BSA Advancement ID

108

Created

1932

Popularity

65

Difficulty

2 - 3

Stamp Collecting Requirements

Stamp Collecting Workbook

  Stamp Collecting

Easy merit badge to earn especially if Scout has a collection already  Best if done in conjunction with the Collections Merit Badge as some requirements can apply to both merit badges

1b: The History of Stamp Collecting in America

2: Topical Stamp Collecting From the Collectors' Club of Chicago

3: Philatelic Terms

7a: Design a Postage Stamp Intended as a lesson plan for Black History Month, but the information is useful for all designs. Includes criteria for USPS selection.

Scouts on Stamps Society International

Stamp Collecting From the United States Postal Service

Stamp Collecting Merit Badge website

 


BSA Advancement ID

109

Created

1911

Popularity

88

Difficulty

3 - 4

Surveying Requirements

Surveying Workbook

  Surveying

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Surveying Merit Badge easier having already completed their  First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the first aid requirements for surveying are done in these areas and will make the Surveying Merit Badge much easier to complete.

Consider working on the Surveying Merit Badge BEFORE or ALONG WITH the Landscape Architecture Merit Badge

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 2

 

 

 

 


EAGLE REQUIREMENT

BSA Advancement ID

014

Created

1911

Popularity

2

Difficulty

3

Swimming Requirements

Swimming Workbook

  Swimming

In order to complete the Swimming Merit Badge it is required that the Scout has completed Second Class Requirements 7a through 7c and First Class Requirements 9a through 9c. Scouts must also successfully complete their BSA Swimmer Test.

Having earned the BSA Lifeguard Award helps greatly with the earning of the Swimming Merit Badge but is not required. Consider working on the BSA Lifeguard Award and/or the Lifesaving Merit Badge AFTER completing the Swimming Merit Badge.

Consider working on the Canoeing Merit Badge, Lifesaving Merit Badge, Motorboating Merit Badge, Rowing Merit Badge,  and/or Small-Boat Sailing Merit Badge AFTER earning your Swimming Merit Badge.

American Red Cross

YMCA

International Swimming Hall of Fame

United States Diving

USA Swimming


BSA Advancement ID

110

Created

1973

Popularity

93

Difficulty

1 - 2

Textile Requirements

Textile Workbook

  Textile

The Textile Merit Badge is a rather fun and easy merit badge for Scouts of all ages

3b: How to Make a Cardboard Box Loom

3c: Can be done while taking the field trip required in 3a.

3d: Use Old Wool Sweaters and Blankets to Make Felt

3e: Making Natural Dyes from Plants Works great with white cotton t-shirts. Rubber band clumps of the shirt in various places to make it tie-dye.

4: Resil's Textile Dictionary

5: Ecological Sustainability

6: Careers in the Textile Industry A nice listing from Buffalo State University.

The American History Textile Museum — offers this merit badge in one afternoon. See how they do it.


BSA Advancement ID

111

Created

1967

Popularity

107

Difficulty

2 - 3

Theater Requirements

Theater Workbook

  Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

112

Created

1975

Popularity

97

Difficulty

3

Traffic Safety Requirements

Traffic Safety Workbook

  Traffic Safety

Best if done AFTER or ALONG WITH the Crime Prevention Merit Badge, Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge, and/or Safety Merit Badge as all of these merit badges share some of the same requirements.

1a: Top Ten Driving Mistakes Teenagers Make

1b: Driving and Alcohol

1c: Highway Design A CalTrans education course.

1c: Museum of Dumb Highway Design What happens when design factors are not considered.

1d: Distracted and Fatigued Driving from NHTSA

2b: Nine Car Safety Features to Look For When Buying a Car

3b: How to Check Tire Pressure In video format.

3c: Tires & Wheels: Checking Tire Tread

3d: How to Tell if Your Wiper Blades Need to be Replaced

4a: Stopping Distances

4c: Manual of Traffic Signs All about traffic signs, including sections on shapes and colors.

5b: Young Driver's Guide to Freeway Driving

5b: TeenDriving.com


BSA Advancement ID

113

Created

1973

Popularity

95

Difficulty

3

Truck Transportation Requirements

Truck Transportation Workbook

  Truck Transportation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

114

Created

1995

Popularity

111

Difficulty

3 - 4

Veterinary Medicine Requirements

Veterinary Medicine Workbook

  Veterinary Medicine

Consider working on the Veterinary Medicine Merit Badge AFTER the Animal Science Merit Badge or even AFTER the Pets Merit Merit Badge, Dog Care Merit Badge, and/or the Horsemanship Merit Badge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


BSA Advancement ID

115

Created

1969

Popularity

75

Difficulty

4

Water Sports Requirements

Water Sports Workbook

  Water Sports

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Water Sports Merit Badge a lot easier to earn if they already have completed their Swimming Merit Badge, First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the requirements for this badge are done in these areas and will make the Water Sports Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp merit badge if offered.

Access to and use of watercraft equipment is necessary to complete this merit badge.

Consider working on the Water Sports Merit Badge AFTER or ALONG WITH the Motorboating Merit Badge and/or Swimming Merit Badge.

Requires successful completion of the BSA Swimmer Test

 


BSA Advancement ID

116

Created

1927

Popularity

59

Difficulty

2 - 3

Weather Requirements

Weather Workbook

  Weather

The Weather Merit Badge is best when done AFTER or ALONG WITH the Communications Merit Badge as requirement #3 of the Communications Merit Badge is similar to the Weather Merit Badge Requirement #9.

The Weather Merit Badge is one of the elective merit badges to earn one of the William T Hornaday Awards for Boy Scouts

Requires prior counselor approval for requirements: 9a and 9b

1:: American Meteorological Society - Define Meteorology

2: Discover the Outdoors  Especially good for those camping outdoors

2: NBC5 i.com Weather Safety  How weather works (excellent interactive tutorials)

2: Weather Research Center

3: USA Today Weather- Understanding systems and symbols (excellent interactive animations). 

3: Weather Fronts

4: BrainPop.com - A fun movie about how wind is created (good).

4: National Geographic - Why does the wind blow?  A simple explanation.

4: University of Illinois - Precipitation (rain, hail, sleet, snow...)

4: NASA: A Lightning Primer - Text, photos, and charts about lightning.

4: USA Today: Weather Basics - High Pressure and Low Pressure systems

5: University of Illinois Cloud types and classifications

6: Tom Snyder: Science Court - Water Cycle

6: Droplet and the Water Cycle  Play the game!

6: Washington Education Association - The Water Cycle

6: The KidZone - The Water Cycle

6: USGS - The Hydrologic Cycle

7: USGS Water Science for Schools - Explains the effects on water, forests, fish, and much of our environment.

7: The Green Lane (Environment Canada) - The facts, water, forests, air quality and your health.  What's being done?

7: Acid Rain - Scroll down to photos of worn statues

8a: The Franklin Institute - Make your own weather station using things from around the house.

8a: Science Learning Network - Plans for some weather instruments using simple materials

8a: AccuWeather - You will need to input your city and state

9a: National Weather Service: Lightning Outdoors

9b: Myths and Facts about the Environment: Acid Rain From the National Center for Public Policy Research

9b: Environmental Stewardship News

Weather.com


BSA Advancement ID

125

Created

1987

Popularity

108

Difficulty

5

Whitewater Requirements

Whitewater Workbook

  Whitewater

Although not required, it is STRONGLY recommended that BEFORE working on the Whitewater Merit Badge that Scouts have completed their Swimming Merit Badge, First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the first aid requirements for whitewater are done in these areas and will make the Whitewater Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp merit badge if offered

Requires earning either the Canoeing Merit Badge the Kayaking BSA Award prior to accomplishing most requirements

River Signals

Merit Badge-specific Programs

 


BSA Advancement ID

117

Created

1974

Popularity

28

Difficulty

2 - 3

Wilderness Survival Requirements

Wilderness Survival Workbook

  Wilderness Survival

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge easier having already completed their  First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the first aid requirements for wilderness survival are done in these areas and will make the Wilderness Survival Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp merit badge if offered or a fun Patrol/Troop merit badge activity

6: Eight non-match methods for fire starting

7b: How to Use a Signal Mirror

US Geological Survey Free Topographical Maps - Download the pdf or buy 22”x27” maps

First Aid Videos Make a First Aid Kit, Basics, Basics2, CPR Basics, Venomous Snake Bite

Survival Videos Survival Kit, Build a Fire, Build a Shelter, Signaling, Desert, Leave No Trace

Camping Videos Packing, Water Purification, Layering, Wet Weather, Sleeping Bags, Pads , Tents

Hiking Videos Planning, Footwear, Avoid Blisters, Gear, Cold Weather, Warm Weather , Layering

Backpacking Videos Gear, Internal vs. External Frame, Campsite, Clothing, Food, Hydration, Socks

Fire Starting Videos Site, Kindling, Wood, Flint & Steel, BlastMatch, Steel Wool, Fire Piston Magnifying Glass, Log Cabin, Tee Pee, Dangers, Safety

Knot Videos Basics, Basics2, Animated Knots


BSA Advancement ID

118

Created

1923

Popularity

17

Difficulty

2 - 3

Wood Carving Requirements

Wood Carving Workbook

  Wood Carving

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Wood Carving Merit Badge easier having already completed their  First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the first aid requirements for wood carving are done in these areas and will make the Wood Carving Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp merit badge if offered.

The Wood Carving Merit Badge requires Scouts to earn their Totin' Chip Boy Scout Award as a part of this merit badge requirements.

2b: A Guide to Safe Woodcarving

Bill Sharp's Nuts and Bolts of Wood Carving — A short course in carving basics

Northwest Wood Carvers — Has a great beginner's section

Wood Carving Tips and Techniques


BSA Advancement ID

119

Created

1923

Popularity

42

Difficulty

3

Woodwork Requirements

Woodwork Workbook

  Woodwork

Although not required, Scouts will find earning the Woodwork Merit Badge easier having already completed their  First Aid Merit Badge and their 1st Class Rank.  Many of the first aid requirements for woodwork are done in these areas and will make the Woodwork Merit Badge much easier to complete. Great Summer Scout Camp merit badge if offered.

The Woodwork Merit Badge requires Scouts to earn their Totin' Chip Boy Scout Award as a part of this merit badge requirements.

Requires prior counselor approval for requirement: 5d

Woodworking With Scouts

The Oak Factory

Woodworker's Journal

The Woodworking Catalog

rec.woodworking FAQ's

WoodWeb

Steve Shook's Directory of Forest Products, Wood Science, and Marketing

Woodworking Tips and Techniques

American Scrollsawing