Merit Badge Requirements and Workbooks



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

Notes:

  • 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 http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/33088.pdf
  • 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!

    He should use the workbooks to prepare notes to himself, and should not assume that filling in the workbook is sufficient to earn the badge.
  • Scouts STARTING a merit badge must use the CURRENT Boy Scout Requirements
  • Once a Scout has started a merit badge, he can continue to work on those requirements even if new requirements are published. The Scout must choose whether to complete the full set of new requirements or the full set of old requirements. A Scout cannot pick and choose from both sets. If he chooses to use the new requirements, he can, of course, use the work he has done on any of the old requirements, if the requirement is unchanged, or only had editorial changes which don't actually change the actual requirement.  For those Scouts who are using the older requirements because they've already started in the badge, the older requirements 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 Boy Scout Requirements are updated, all Scouts starting the merit badge must use the new requirements.
  • If a BLANK appears in the lists below, it indicates that revisions to the workbook are pending, due to revised requirements.
  • You can also download ZIP files containing all of the current worksheets as either word processing and/or PDF formats Keep in mind these are BIG files.
  • The word processor versions of the workbooks have been prepared using the 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: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=3. By installing the Compatibility Pack you will be able to use Microsoft Office XP, 2000, or 2003 to open, edit, and save files using the file formats in newer versions of Word (DOCX), Excel (XLSX), and PowerPoint (PPTX) .
  • The PDF versions of the workbooks have been designed with form fields.  Scouts may download these files and then type their notes into the form fields, and save their work locally. They have been tested successfully on Windows based systems with the Adobe Acrobat Reader, the Foxit PDF Reader, and the Nuance PDF Reader.  Each of those programs are available as free downloads. Other PDF readers may also work, however, we do know that the PDF reader native to the Firefox web browser does NOT allow data input. If you use a "Mac" computer, we strongly suggest that you use the free Adobe Acrobat Reader for Mac in lieu of the PDF reader built-in to the system.  The built-in pdf reader may not properly display or print the data entered into the workbook form fields.
  • In response to requests we have gotten, we have added light lines in the form field boxes to provide for those Scouts that wish to hand write their responses.

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

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

Copies of all of these workbooks (in PDF format only) are also available on the Meritbadge.org website, and a few are also available on sites which are maintained by the BSA, including Scouting.org, BoysLife.org, or boyslifeorg.files.wordpress.com,. There are also links to authorized copies of the workbooks on Scoutbook.com and some other websites, 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. 

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

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

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