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Merit Badges

If you would like to be a merit badge counselor, click on the sash above and follow the Minsi Trails Councils procedure to become a counselor today!

If you would like to be a merit badge counselor, click on the sash above and follow the Minsi Trails Council’s procedure to become a counselor today!

You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 100 merit badges. Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time. You don’t need to have had rank advancement to be eligible.

Pick a Subject. Talk to your Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster about your interests. Read the requirements of the merit badges you think might interest you. Pick one to earn. Your Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster will give you a signed merit badge application, commonly called a Blue Card, and the name of a person from a list of counselors. These counselors have special knowledge in their merit badge subjects and are interested in helping you.

Scout Buddy System. You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor. This person can be another Scout, your parents or guardian, a brother or sister or other relative, or a friend.

Call the Counselor. Get in touch with the merit badge counselor and tell him or her that you want to earn the merit badge. The counselor may ask to meet you to explain what is expected of you and to start helping you meet the requirements. You should also discuss work that you have already started or possibly completed.

The complete list of counselors for the Troop is available from your Scoutmaster or Advancement Chairman.

Unless otherwise specified, work for a requirement can be started at any time. Ask your counselor to help you learn the things you need to know or do. You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject. Many troops and school or public libraries have them or they can viewed online at the links below.

Show Your Stuff. When you are ready, call the counselor again to make an appointment to meet the requirements. When you go take along the things you have made to meet the requirements. If they are too big to move, take pictures or have an adult tell in writing what you have done. The counselor will ask you to do each requirement to make sure that you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required.

Get your BLUE CARD Signed – this is your official record of completing the merit badge.  One Third of the Card you keep for your records, One Third of the Card you give to your Troops Advancement Coordinator on the Committee, and One Third of the card your counselor keeps – NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SIGNED BLUE CARD YOU HAVE NOT EARNED THE MERITBADGE.  WORKSHEETS SIGNED BY COUNSELORS IN PLACE OF A BLUE CARD DO NOT REPLACE THE BLUE CARD AND WILL NOT BE HONORED

Get the Badge.  When the counselor is satisfied that you have met each requirement, he or she will sign your blue card. Give the blue card to your Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster or Advancement Coordinator so that your merit badge emblem can be secured for you. Please send an email to the Scoutmaster and the Advancement Coordinator, letting them know who you gave the blue card to and to serve as a reminder.  Your merit badge will be award to the scout at the next Court of Honor.

Requirements. You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated—no more and no less. You are expected to do exactly what is stated in the requirements. If it says “show or demonstrate,” that is what you must do. Just telling about it isn’t enough. The same thing holds true for such words as “make,” “list,” “in the field,” and “collect,” “identify,” and “label.”

The requirements listed in this publication are the official requirements of the Boy Scouts of America. However, the requirements on the following pages might not match those in the Boy Scout Handbook and the merit badge pamphlets, because this publication is updated only on an annual basis.

If a Scout has already started working on a merit badge when a new edition of the pamphlet is introduced, he should continue to use the same merit badge pamphlet and fulfill the requirements therein to earn the badge. He need not start all over again with the new pamphlet and possibly revised requirements.

Click on name for a link to to see detailed requirements for that Merit Badge.

Worksheets for Merit Badges are also available from The link below will take you to the specific merit badge requirements and worksheets that are similar to the US Scouting Project links above.

  1. American Business
  2. American Cultures
  3. American Heritage
  4. American Labor
  5. Animal Science
  6. Archaeology
  7. Archery
  8. Architecture
  9. Art
  10. Astronomy
  11. Athletics
  12. Automotive Maintenance
  13. Aviation
  14. Backpacking
  15. Basketry
  16. Bird Study
  17. Bugling
  18. Camping
  19. Canoeing
  20. Chemistry
  21. Chess
  22. Cinematography
  23. Citizenship in the Community
  24. Citizenship in the Nation
  25. Citizenship in the World
  26. Climbing
  27. Coin Collecting
  28. Collections
  29. Communications
  30. Composite Materials
  31. Computers
  32. Cooking
  33. Crime Prevention
  34. Cycling
  35. Dentistry
  36. Disabilities Awareness
  37. Dog Care
  38. Drafting
  39. Electricity
  40. Electronics
  41. Emergency Preparedness
  42. Energy
  43. Engineering
  44. Entrepreneurship
  45. Environmental Science
  1. Family Life
  2. Farm Mechanics
  3. Fingerprinting
  4. Fire Safety
  5. First Aid
  6. Fish and Wildlife Management
  7. Fishing
  8. Fly Fishing
  9. Forestry
  10. Gardening
  11. Genealogy
  12. Geocaching
  13. Geology
  14. Golf
  15. Graphic Arts
  16. Hiking
  17. Home Repairs
  18. Horsemanship
  19. Indian Lore
  20. Insect Study
  21. Inventing
  22. Journalism
  23. Kayaking
  24. Landscape Architecture
  25. Law
  26. Leatherwork
  27. Lifesaving
  28. Mammal Study
  29. Medicine
  30. Metalwork
  31. Model Design and Building
  32. Motorboating
  33. Music
  34. Nature
  35. Nuclear Science
  36. Oceanography
  37. Orienteering
  38. Painting
  39. Personal Fitness
  40. Personal Management
  41. Pets
  42. Photography
  43. Pioneering
  44. Plant Science
  45. Plumbing
  1. Pottery
  2. Public Health
  3. Public Speaking
  4. Pulp and Paper
  5. Radio
  6. Railroading
  7. Reading
  8. Reptile and Amphibian Study
  9. Rifle Shooting
  10. Robotics
  11. Rowing
  12. Safety
  13. Salesmanship
  14. Scouting Heritage
  15. Scholarship
  16. Scuba Diving
  17. Sculpture
  18. Search & Rescue
  19. Shotgun Shooting
  20. Skating
  21. Small-Boat Sailing
  22. Snow Sports
  23. Soil and Water Conservation
  24. Space Exploration
  25. Sports
  26. Stamp Collecting
  27. Surveying
  28. Swimming
  29. Textile
  30. Theater
  31. Traffic Safety
  32. Truck Transportation
  33. Veterinary Medicine
  34. Water Sports
  35. Weather
  36. Welding
  37. Whitewater
  38. Wilderness Survival
  39. Wood Carving
  40. Woodwork
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