Merit Badge Requirements and Workbooks

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


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

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

Since 2010, all new and revised workbooks have been prepared by Paul Wolf,  To our knowledge, they now reflect the current requirements in all cases. 

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

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

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

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

Workbooks which were last updated prior to March 2021, contain one of the following statements:
"No one may add or subtract from the official requirements found in Boy Scout Requirements (Pub. 33216 – SKU 637685)

"No one may add or subtract from the official requirements found in Scouts BSA Requirements (Pub. 33216)."
Since BSA has discontinued publication of that book and now states that the official requirements are those posted on,
 that statement should be considered to read as follows:
"No one may add or subtract from the official requirements found on"

The workbooks listed below reflect the CURRENT requirements.

If a Scout is working on a merit badge using a previous version of the requirements, and wishes to use a workbook that reflects those requirements, the workbook can still be downloaded from this site.  To do so, follow this procedure:
  1. Click on the merit badge name in the listing below, to bring up the web page with the current requirements.
  2. On that page, click on the link below the title, that reads "For the previous requirements, Click here.
    If the Scout is using earlier requirements, repeat this step until the correct version of the requirements is visible. 
  3. The workbook that matches the requirements on that page can be downloaded by clicking on one of the links in the box near the bottom of that page.
Merit Badge Requirements
(Click on a merit badge name below)
Last updated
Word Processor Format
Portable Document Format
ZIP File of ALL available current worksheets (VERY Large Files!) All files All Files
Eagle Required Merit Badges
1 Camping October 2021 Camping Camping
2 Citizenship in the Community June 2020 (DOCX) / July 2020 (PDF) Cit-Comm Cit-Comm
3 Citizenship in the Nation June 2020 Cit-Nation Cit-Nation
4 Citizenship in the World June 2020 Cit-World Cit-World
5 Communication June 2020 Communication Communication
38 Cooking September 2021 Cooking Cooking
39 Cycling June 2020 Cycling Cycling
6 Emergency Preparedness June 2020 (DOCX) / August 2020 (PDF) Emerg-Prep Emerg-Prep
7 Environmental Science June 2020 (DOCX) / November 2020 (PDF) Env-Science Env-Science
129 Family Life June 2020 Family-Life Family-Life
8 First Aid October 2021 First-Aid First-Aid
61 Hiking June 2020 Hiking Hiking
9 Lifesaving January 2021 Lifesaving Lifesaving
10 Personal Fitness October 2021 Pers-Fitness Pers-Fitness
11 Personal Management September 2020 Pers-Manage Pers-Manage
152 Sustainability June 2020 Sustainability Sustainability
14 Swimming June 2020 Swimming Swimming
All Current Merit Badges in Alphabetical Order
15 AMERICAN BUSINESS June 2020 Am-Business Am-Business
17 AMERICAN CULTURES June 2020 Am-Culture Am-Culture
16 AMERICAN HERITAGE October 2021 Am-Heritage Am-Heritage
121 AMERICAN LABOR June 2020 Am-Labor Am-Labor
28 ANIMAL SCIENCE June 2020 Animal-Science Animal-Science
158 ANIMATION June 2020 Animation Animation
132 ARCHAEOLOGY January 2021 Archaeology Archaeology
19 ARCHERY June 2020 Archery Archery
20 ARCHITECTURE June 2020 Architecture Architecture
21 ART June 2020 Art Art
22 ASTRONOMY June 2020 Astronomy Astronomy
23 ATHLETICS June 2020 Athletics Athletics
127 AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE June 2020 Auto-Maint Auto-Maint
25 AVIATION June 2020 Aviation Aviation
26 BACKPACKING June 2020 Backpacking Backpacking
27 BASKETRY June 2020 Basketry Basketry
29 BIRD STUDY June 2020 Bird-Study Bird-Study
32 BUGLING June 2020 Bugling Bugling
1 CAMPING October 2021 Camping Camping
33 CANOEING June 2020 Canoeing Canoeing
34 CHEMISTRY June 2020 Chemistry Chemistry
147 CHESS June 2020 Chess Chess
2 CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY June 2020 (DOCX) / July 2020 (PDF) Cit-Comm Cit-Comm
3 CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION June 2020 Cit-Nation Cit-Nation
4 CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD June 2020 Cit-World Cit-World
133 CLIMBING June 2020 Climbing Climbing
35 COIN COLLECTING June 2020 Coin-Collect Coin-Collect
128 COLLECTIONS January 2021 Collections Collections
5 COMMUNICATION June 2020 Communication Communication
137 COMPOSITE MATERIALS June 2020 Composite-Mat Composite-Mat
38 COOKING September 2021 Cooking
131 CRIME PREVENTION June 2020 Crime-Prev Crime-Prev
39 CYCLING June 2020 Cycling Cycling
40 DENTISTRY June 2020 Dentistry Dentistry
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August 2021 Digital-Tech Digital-Tech
60 DISABILITIES AWARENESS August 2021 Disability-Aware Disability-Aware
41 DOG CARE June 2020 Dog-Care Dog-Care
42 DRAFTING June 2020 Drafting Drafting
43 ELECTRICITY January 2021 Electricity Electricity
44 ELECTRONICS January 2021 Electronics Electronics
6 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS June 2020 (DOCX) / August 2020 (PDF) Emerg-Prep Emerg-Prep
45 ENERGY June 2020 Energy Energy
46 ENGINEERING June 2020 Engineering Engineering
134 ENTREPRENEURSHIP June 2020 Entrepreneur Entrepreneur
7 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE June 2020 (DOCX) / November 2020 (PDF) Env-Science Env-Science
159 EXPLORATION June 2020 Exploration Exploration
129 FAMILY LIFE June 2020 Family-Life Family-Life
48 FARM MECHANICS June 2020 Farm-Mech Farm-Mech
49 FINGERPRINTING June 2020 Fingerprinting Fingerprinting
50 FIRE SAFETY October 2021 Fire-Safety Fire-Safety
8 FIRST AID October 2021 First-Aid First-Aid
51 FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT October 2021 Fish-and-Wildlife Fish-and-Wildlife
52 FISHING January 2021 Fishing Fishing
136 FLY FISHING January 2021 Fly-Fishing Fly-Fishing
54 FORESTRY June 2020 Forestry Forestry
151 GAME DESIGN June 2020 Game-Design Game-Design
55 GARDENING June 2020 Gardening Gardening
56 GENEALOGY June 2020 Genealogy Genealogy
145 GEOCACHING June 2020 Geocaching Geocaching
58 GEOLOGY June 2020 Geology Geology
59 GOLF June 2020 Golf Golf
122 GRAPHIC ARTS June 2020 Graphic-Arts Graphic-Arts
61 HIKING June 2020 Hiking Hiking
62 HOME REPAIRS June 2020 Home-Repair Home-Repair
63 HORSEMANSHIP June 2020 Horsemanship Horsemanship
64 INDIAN LORE June 2020 Indian-Lore Indian-Lore
65 INSECT STUDY June 2020 Insect-Study Insect-Study
144 INVENTING October 2021 Inventing Inventing
66 JOURNALISM June 2020 Journalism Journalism
149 KAYAKING and Kayaking BSA June 2020 Kayaking Kayaking
67 LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE June 2020 Landscape-Arch Landscape-Arch
68 LAW June 2020 Law Law
69 LEATHERWORK June 2020 Leatherwork Leatherwork
9 LIFESAVING January 2021 Lifesaving Lifesaving
71 MAMMAL STUDY June 2020 Mammal-Study Mammal-Study
130 MEDICINE March 2021 Medicine Medicine
74 METALWORK June 2020 Metalwork Metalwork
155 MINING IN SOCIETY June 2020 Mining-in-Society Mining-in-Society
75 MODEL DESIGN AND BUILDING June 2020 Model-Design Model-Design
76 MOTORBOATING April 2021 Motorboating Motorboating
156 MOVIEMAKING June 2020 Moviemaking Moviemaking
77 MUSIC June 2020 Music Music
78 NATURE 2018-present Requirements January 2021 Nature Nature
2020-Present Requirements January 2021 Nature Nature
24 NUCLEAR SCIENCE June 2020 Nuclear-Science Nuclear-Science
79 OCEANOGRAPHY June 2020 Oceanography Oceanography
80 ORIENTEERING November 2020 Orienteering Orienteering
81 PAINTING June 2020 Painting Painting
10 PERSONAL FITNESS October 2021 Pers-Fitness Pers-Fitness
11 PERSONAL MANAGEMENT September 2020 Pers-Manage Pers-Manage
82 PETS June 2020 Pets Pets
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January 2021 Photography Photography
84 PIONEERING June 2020 Pioneering Pioneering
85 PLANT SCIENCE June 2020 Plant-Science Plant-Science
86 PLUMBING June 2020 Plumbing Plumbing
87 POTTERY June 2020 Pottery Pottery
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June 2020 Programming Programming
89 PUBLIC HEALTH January 2021 Public-Health Public-Health
90 PUBLIC SPEAKING June 2020 Public-Speaking Public-Speaking
91 PULP AND PAPER June 2020 Pulp-and-Paper Pulp-and-Paper
93 RADIO June 2020 Radio Radio
94 RAILROADING June 2020 Railroading Railroading
95 READING June 2020 Reading Reading
96 REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN STUDY DOCX - June 2020 / PDF - October 2020 Reptile-Amphibian Reptile-Amphibian
123 RIFLE SHOOTING June 2020 Rifle-Shooting Rifle-Shooting
June 2020 Robotics
98 ROWING August 2021 Rowing Rowing
12 SAFETY March 2021 Safety Safety
99 SALESMANSHIP June 2020 Salesmanship Salesmanship
100 SCHOLARSHIP June 2020 Scholarship Scholarship
143 SCOUTING HERITAGE June 2020 Scouting-Heritage Scouting-Heritage
138 SCUBA DIVING June 2020 Scuba Scuba
101 SCULPTURE June 2020 Sculpture Sculpture
150 SEARCH AND RESCUE June 2020 Search-Rescue Search-Rescue
124 SHOTGUN SHOOTING June 2020 Shotgun-Shooting Shotgun-Shooting
157 SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND CODES June 2020 Signs-Signals-and-Codes Signs-Signals-and-Codes
103 SKATING June 2020 Skating Skating
105 SMALL-BOAT SAILING October 2021 Small-Boat-Sailing Small-Boat-Sailing
135 SNOW SPORTS June, 2017 Snow-Sports Snow-Sports
106 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION October 2021 Soil-Water Soil-Water
107 SPACE EXPLORATION June 2020 Space-Explore Space-Explore
13 SPORTS January 2021 Sports Sports
108 STAMP COLLECTING June 2020 Stamp-Collecting Stamp-Collecting
109 SURVEYING June 2020 Surveying Surveying
152 SUSTAINABILITY June 2020 Sustainability Sustainability
14 SWIMMING June 2020 Swimming Swimming
110 TEXTILE June 2020 Textile Textile
111 THEATER January 2021 Theater Theater
112 TRAFFIC SAFETY October 2021 Traffic-Safety Traffic-Safety
113 TRUCK TRANSPORTATION Jul y 2020 Truck-Transport Truck-Transport
114 VETERINARY MEDICINE June 2020 Vet-Medicine Vet-Medicine
115 WATER SPORTS June 2020 Water Sports Water Sports
116 WEATHER June 2020 Weather Weather
148 WELDING June 2020 Welding Welding
125 WHITEWATER June 2020 Whitewater Whitewater
117 WILDERNESS SURVIVAL February, 2018 Wilderness-Survival Wilderness-Survival
118 WOOD CARVING June, 2017 Wood-Carving Wood-Carving
119 WOODWORK January 2021 Woodwork Woodwork

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