The following is a list of all of the 136 current Merit Badges, arranged into 14 logical fields of activity (categories) as they appear in the BSA Pamphlet “Worksheet for Building a Merit Badge Counselor List”



Animal Science, Farm Mechanics, Plant Science

Arts And Crafts

Art, Basketry, Bugling, Leatherwork, Metalwork, Music, Pottery, Sculpture, Theater, Wood Carving

Business And Industry

American Business, Entrepreneurship, Pulp And Paper, Salesmanship, Textile


Environmental Science®, Fish And Wildlife Management, Forestry, Soil And Water Conservation, Sustainability®


Backpacking, Camping®, Chess, Coin Collecting, Collections, Cooking®, Dog Care, Gardening, Hiking®, Home Repairs, Indian Lore, Model Design And Building, Pets, Pioneering, Radio, Rowing, Scouting Heritage, Stamp Collecting.

Natural Science

Archaeology, Astronomy, Bird Study, Geology, Insect Study, Mammal Study, Nature, Oceanography, Reptile And Amphibian Study, Weather


Moviemaking, Journalism, Photography, Signs, Signals, And Codes

Personal Development

American Cultures, American Heritage, Citizenship In The Community®, Citizenship In The Nation®, Citizenship In The World®, Communication®, Disabilities Awareness, Family Life®, Genealogy, Personal Fitness®, Personal Management®, Public Speaking, Reading, Scholarship, Search And Rescue, Traffic Safety, Wilderness Survival

Physical Science

Chemistry, Digital Technology, Electricity, Electronics, Energy, Nuclear Science, Space Exploration


Animation, Architecture, Dentistry, Engineering, Game Design, Inventing, Landscape Architecture, Law, Medicine, Mining In Society, Programming, Robotics, Surveying, Veterinary Medicine

Public Service

Crime Prevention, Emergency Preparedness®, Fingerprinting, Fire Safety, First Aid®, Lifesaving®, Public Health, Safety


Archery, Athletics, Canoeing, Climbing, Cycling®, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Golf, Geocaching, Horsemanship, Kayaking, Motorboating, Orienteering, Rifle Shooting, Scuba Diving, Shotgun Shooting, Skating, Small-boat Sailing, Snow Sports, Sports, Swimming®, Water Sports, Whitewater


American Labor, Automotive Maintenance, Composite Materials, Drafting, Graphic Arts, Painting, Plumbing, Welding, Woodwork


Aviation, Railroading, Truck Transportation