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Merit Badge information you can use!

Did you know that you can work on a merit badge until your 18th birthday no matter how long it takes to finish it?  That’s right; there is no expiration date except your 18th birthday.  And you continue with the same set of merit badge requirements that you started with even if they update the requirements.

There is a merit badge counselor list attached below but is in need of updating.  I am working on updating it now.  Until I can get it together, just ask your patrol adviser about counselors.

Here is a link to some basic merit badge information: Introduction to Merit Badges

Here is some great information for new merit badge counselors:  A Guide for Merit Badge Counseling.  

Take this link to US Scouting Service Project for a complete list of Merit Badges with links to the Merit Badge Worksheets that a lot of people use. 

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Merit Badge Counselor for WORD District 5.2011.xls updated version coming soon!  

Current Eagle Required Merit Badges

List of Eagle-required merit badges, effective Jan. 1, 2014

Earn a total of 21 merit badges, including the following:

First Aid

Citizenship in the Community

Citizenship in the Nation

Citizenship in the World


Personal Fitness

Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving

Environmental Science OR Sustainability

Personal Management

Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling


Family Life



There are more than 150 awards you can earn as a Boy Scout. Whether it’s a rank advancement, merit badge, or one of the many other individual awards, there is plenty for you to set your sights on.

Six ranks (Tenderfoot through Eagle), Eagle Palms (after you have made Eagle),129 merit badges, Hornaday Awards (seven different types), Conservation Good Turn Awards, 50 Miler (hiking,biking, or paddling), World Conservation Award, Leave No Trace Award, Religious Emblems, Historic Trails Award, Emergency Preparedness award, Lifesaving and Meritorious Actions Awards (5 levels of awards), Good Turn For America Award, National Outdoor Achievement Award, Hometown USA Award, Life Guard Award, Mile Swim Award, Board sailing USA, Den Chief Award, Paul Bunyan Award,  and any others that I have missed...