Troop 373 Merit Badge List
and the Complete Merit Badge List below

Please read the Troop 373 Merit Badge Procedure page.

A)  Things to Know About Interactive Digital Merit Badge Pamphlets new for 2016

1) Some Merit Badges have more than one Troop 373 Counselor.

2) * Bold = Eagle Required MB  ( Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving * ) (Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling * )
  See What Badge Should I work on?

3) The Merit Badge Counselor Chair will work to find Merit Badges Counselor for any MB. See The Official BSA MB Web site).  For guidance you can talk to a Scoutmaster (or the Advancement Chair) about your interests or your current requirements for advancement.

4) Some Counselors and all camps will ask you to use a Worksheets for working on the requirements. These are found at the end of each MB at http://www.usscouts.org/usscouts/meritbadges.asp. Here you will find the sheets in both Word Doc and PDF format. Worksheets are also found at this link.  Arcadia Wilderness Park Camp Trask MBCabrillo Youth Camp MB ,(UCR when posted) and Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center also requires the worksheets.  See Merit Badge Day rules.

5) (**) = Is part of World Conservation Award. (panda badge)

6) Thank you Troop 373 Leaders!

7) Outside of a Merit Badge Class setting: The Counselor may or may not teach some of the requirements, it is up the Counselor. Counselors will answer any questions about the requirements, but are not required to teach the MB.

8) A Scout must have a Troop Leader Signed Blue Card before calling the Troop Merit Badge Counselor Chair or a Counselor, also before going to non-Troop 373 Class.  On a blue card a "Unit Leader" is a Troop 373 leader that knows the Eagle MBs, like your Scoutmaster or an Assistant Scoutmaster.

9) Contact the Troop Merit Badge Counselor Chair for the name and phone # of the Counselor.

Current Troop Merit Badge Counselor Chair is:      Da v e  S a   r g e n t

10) Link to the new Cooking and Sustainability Merit Badges Transition to Eagle Required List

11)  World Conservation Award: If you have earned these three MBs you have earned the World Conservation Award:

        1. Environmental Science OR Sustainability merit badge
        2. Soil and Water Conservation OR Fish and Wildlife Management merit badge
        3. Citizenship in the World merit badge

       Report to the Troop Awards Chair that you have earned the award.  Turn in the form at this link 

12)  Rollout of interactive digital merit badge pamphlets started. 

https://www.scoutstuff.org/bsa/literature-media/interactive-digital.html

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Scouts Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval from your Counselor, see this link.

Merit Badge FAQ

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The following is a list of all the BSA Merit Badges (list as of early 2014)

The official list from BSA with a picture of each patch

Link for current Merit Badges from http://www.usscouts.org with worksheets

Work sheets from meritbadge.org
Link for current MBs  from http://meritbadge.org  with work sheets

List of Merit Badges by Field of Study

Bold are Eagle Required MB  note:( Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving *) (Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling *) (Environmental Science OR Sustainability *)
21 MBs are needed for Eagle Rank
 
Merit badges from Boy Scouts of America
American Business

American Cultures
American Heritage
American Labor 

Animation  New

 Animal Science
Archaeology
Archery
Architecture
Art
Astronomy
Athletics
Automotive Maintenance
Aviation
Backpacking
Basketry
Bird Study
Bugling
Camping 
Canoeing
Chemistry
Cinematography -
             now called Moviemaking
Citizenship in the Community
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Climbing
Chess New
Coin Collecting
Collections
Communications
Composite Materials
Computers     till 2015
Cooking   (as of  1-1-2014) 
Crime Prevention
Cycling
Dentistry
Digital TechnologyNew
Disabilities Awareness
Dog Care
Drafting
Electricity
Electronics
Emergency Preparedness
Energy

Engineering
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Science *
Exploration   New
Family Life
Farm Mechanics
Fingerprinting
Fire Safety
First Aid
Fish and Wildlife Management  **
Fishing
Fly Fishing
Forestry
Game Design,New 
Gardening
Genealogy
Geocaching new 
Geology
Golf
Graphic Arts
Hiking
Home Repairs
Horsemanship
Indian Lore
Insect Study
INVENTING new 
Journalism
 Kayaking New 
Landscape Architecture
Law
Leatherwork
Lifesaving
Mammal Study
Medicine
Metalwork
Mining in Society New
Model Design and Building
Motorboating
Moviemaking 
Music
Nature
Nuclear Science
Oceanography
Orienteering
Painting
Personal Fitness
Personal Management
Pets
Photography

Pioneering
Plant Science
Plumbing
Pottery
Programming  New
Public Health
Public Speaking
Pulp and Paper
Radio
Railroading
Reading
Reptile and Amphibian Study
Rifle Shooting 

Robotics   new

Rowing
Safety
Salesmanship
Scholarship
 Scouting Heritage: new 
Sculpture
Search and Rescue   new 
Shotgun Shooting
Skating
Small-Boat Sailing 

Signs, Signals, and Codes new 

Snow Sports
Soil and Water Conservation **
Space Exploration
Sports
Stamp Collecting
Scuba:
 Sustainability new 
Surveying
Swimming
Textile
Theater
Traffic Safety
Truck Transportation
Veterinary Medicine
Water Sports
Weather
Welding  new 
Whitewater
Wilderness Survival
Wood Carving
Woodwork

For MB C.

NEW Merit Badges, since 1997

2018

TBA

Snow Sports  MB?

2017

Exploration merit badge   

Write up

2015

Animation  May 2015       Computer or traditional animation tasks that will test a Scout's creativity, artistic skills, and storytelling abilities.

Signs, Signals, and Codes    2015  MB Requirements
         American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most used language in the United States.
         The Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge will cover Morse code, ASL, Braille, signaling, trail markings,
         and other nonverbal communications.

2014

New Released April 16, 2014
Digital Technology (will replace Computers)  2014
Description: Technology has come a long way since Computers merit badge was first introduced in 1967. This badge, which replaces Computers, will teach Scouts about technology in the digital age.
Requirements

* New Mining in Society  MB Launch: February 2014 Description: Mining has been an important part of the United States since the 19th century. Today, the U.S. mining industry employs 3 million people, directly and indirectly, and is a major contributor to the global mining landscape. I expect this merit badge will cover the history of mining, explore the status of mining in the 21st century, and introduce Scouts to modern mining career

* Major Updates in Cooking MB in 2014 Changed and Now Eagle MB

2013

New  Game Design, NEW effective March 6, 2013. Description: Slated to include both traditional games and video games, this sure to be popular merit badge will test Scouts’ creativity, computer skills, and planning abilities.

New Programming   Effective July 15, 2013   (A tech focused merit badge for the 21st Century.)

New  Sustainability MB  NEW effective July 15, 2013.   Note: This merit badge is Eagle required. Scouts must earn either this or Environmental Science.  Description: A badge to teach Scouts to use resources responsibly.

* Cycling Cycling now has Mountain Biking option. Effective July 15, 2013. Changed

2012

* Welding Merit Badge.  Link1 link 2 Link 3 started in March, 2012

*  Kayaking  started New  June 12, 2012.

* Search and Rescue  8-2012 New.

2011

* Robotics merit badge approved new as of April 2011.

Chess Merit Badge : Started Sept. 10, 2011
 

2010

* Geocaching Merit Badge his here, started Feb. 24, 2010

* Scouting Heritage: his here, started April , 2010

* INVENTING Merit Badge his here, started June 2010. INVENTING

 * Scuba: Merit Badge became effective January 1, 2010

2008
Automotive Maintenance    - Change from  Auto Mechanics.
2006
Composite Materials   from the SGVC
2005
Nuclear Science    was in past Atomic Energy,
2002
Fly Fishing
1999
Snow Sports
1997
Entrepreneurship

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To be released in the Future

These merit badge(s) have been approved and are in development with the following tentative launch dates.

See http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/merit-badge-calendar/

http://www.michiganscouting.org/News/MeritbadgeUpdate
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Computer-Aided Design  MB Estimated release: 2016 CAD Description: Teaching boys to use computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.  (to replace Drafting)

Advanced Computing MB Estimated release: 2016  Description:  The next generation of computing.  

Multimedia  Estimated release: 2015 


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Patch Samples

Sample Merit Badges, Note Non- Eagle are Gold Trim

 

Camping Merit Badge. Eagle with Sliver Trim

 

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Cooking and Sustainability Merit Badges
New Eagle Required List

Cooking Merit Badge Required for Eagle Scout Rank
Cooking MB

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the Cooking merit badge will be required in order to obtain the Eagle Scout rank.
Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, he must earn the
Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout. Using the New Cooking MB in 2014 is optional. 

In 2015 the new book must be used.

Cooking Merit Badge Targeted for Revision
During 2013 the Cooking merit badge  under went a major revision. The process for implementing
changes to merit badges is covered in the Guide to Advancement, topic 7.0.4.2, “What to Do When
Requirements Change.” The changes to Cooking will first appear in a revised merit badge pamphlet
that will be released during 2013. The new requirements then become effective Jan. 1, 2014, with the
release of Boy Scout Requirements, No. 34765. The Guide then allows the following options for the
period of time between the release of the revised pamphlet and the Jan. 1, 2014, effective date:

 If Scouts have already started on the merit badge, they may switch to the new requirements or
continue with the old ones until the badge is completed.
 If Scouts have not already started on the merit badge, they may opt to use the new requirements
and the new pamphlet.
 If work on the merit badge begins before Jan. 1, 2014, they may use the old requirements and old
pamphlet until the badge is completed.

The Guide to Advancement, under the same topic, goes on to say, “There is no time limit between
starting and completing a badge, although a counselor may determine so much time has passed since
any effort took place that the new requirements must be used.” This will apply to Cooking as well.

Regardless of the Requirements Used, Cooking Will Count
Scouts completing the requirements for the Eagle Scout rank after Jan. 1, 2014, must earn the Cooking
merit badge under either the existing requirements or under the requirements as revised during 2013.
Scouts are not required to earn the badge under the new Cooking requirement in order to qualify for Eagle.

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About New Sustainability Merit Badge
Environmental Science or Sustainability for Eagle
Sustainability

The Sustainability merit badge, in essence, takes conservation and environmental science to another
level. The protection, preservation, and management of wildlife and natural resources involved in
conservation provide a foundation for what we call environmental science. The latter integrates
physical and biological sciences such as ecology, biology, soil science, atmospheric science, and others
in order to generate solutions to environmental issues. Sustainability takes off from there by taking
responsibility for balancing long-term environmental, social, health, and economic needs with progress
and development. It further suggests that development, while meeting the needs of the present,
cannot compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

In summary the Environmental Science merit badge studies the following:
• Ecology
• Air pollution
• Water pollution
• Land pollution
• Endangered species
• Pollution prevention, resource recovery, and conservation
• Ecosystem—living and nonliving
• Environmental impact

The requirements for Sustainability have not yet been finalized, but initial discussions include the
following topics:

  What is sustainability?
 Examining our current needs and our choices in meeting them, with attention to extraction,
production, distribution, consumption, and disposal  Impact on our natural resources  Problems we must address, including plastic, electronic, and medical waste; species extinction, and climate change.  New habits to adopt, including green chemistry, recycling, zero waste, and sustainability-conscious citizens.  Careers related to sustainability

Q and A

What’s the Procedure?

COOKING MERIT BADGE REQUIRED FOR EAGLE
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, the Cooking merit badge will be required to obtain the Eagle Scout rank. Here are some details.

WHAT ABOUT SCOUTS WHO STARTED WORKING TOWARD EAGLE BEFORE 2014?
Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working towards Eagle, unless he fullls all the requirements
before Jan. 1, 2014 – with the exception of his board of review – he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout.

WILL THE COOKING MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS CHANGE?
Yes. During 2013 the Cooking merit badge will undergo a major revision. The process for implementing
changes to merit badge requirements is covered in the Guide to Advancement, topic 7.0.4.2,
“What to Do When Requirements Change.” The changes to Cooking will ?
First appear in a revised merit badge pamphlet to be released sometime in 2013.

ONCE THE REVISED REQUIREMENTS ARE RELEASED, WHICH VERSION WILL COUNT?
The new requirements become effective Jan. 1, 2014, with the release of the 2014 Boy Scout Requirements,
No. 34765. The Guide to Advancement then allows the following options for the period of time between the
release of the revised pamphlet and the Jan. 1, 2014, effective date:

• If Scouts have already started on the merit badge, they may switch to the new requirements (using the
new merit badge pamphlet) or continue with the existing ones (and using the existing pamphlet) until the
badge is completed. • Scouts who have not already started on the merit badge may opt to use the new requirements and the new pamphlet.

• Scouts who begin work on the merit badge before Jan.1, 2014,  may use the existing requirements and pamphlet until the badge is completed.

• Under the same topic, the Guide to Advancement goes on to say, “There is no time limit between starting
and completing a badge, although a counselor may determine so much time has passed since any effort
took place that the new requirements must be used.” This will apply to Scouts working on the Cooking merit badge as well.

LET’S SAY A SCOUT HAS ALREADY EARNED COOKING.  WILL HE HAVE TO RE-EARN IT
WITH THE REVISED REQUIREMENTS TO  OBTAIN THE EAGLE RANK?
No. Scouts who complete the requirements for the Eagle Scout rank after Jan. 1, 2014, must earn the Cooking
merit badge under either the existing requirements or the requirements as revised during 2013. Scouts are
not required to earn the badge under the new requirements in order to qualify for Eagle.
 

New Sustainability Merit Badge a Required-for-Eagle Option
Upon its release set for summer 2013, the Sustainability merit badge becomes an Eagle-required merit badge as an option to Environmental Science.
This means once the Sustainability merit badge and pamphlet become available in 2013,
Scouts may choose to earn the Sustainability merit badge in place of the currently required Environmental Science merit badge.

Here are some additional facts.

If A SCOUT EARNS BOTH THE SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MERIT BADGES,
DO BOTH COUNT TOWARD EAGLE?
Scouts who have already earned Environmental Science may also earn Sustainability,but only one of the
two merit badges would count as “Eagle-required.”

The second badge may be counted among his electives to reach the total of 21 required merit badges.

CAN YOU GIVE ME A GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF WHAT THE SUSTAINABILITY  MERIT BADGE WILL COVER?
The Sustainability merit badge, in essence, takes conservation and environmental science to another level.
The protection, preservation, and management of wildlife and natural resources involved in conservation
provide a foundation for what we call environmental science. It integrates physical and biological sciences
such as ecology, biology, soil science, atmospheric science, and others in order to generate solutions to environmental
issues. Sustainability takes it a step further by emphasizing responsibility for balancing long-term
environmental, social, health, and economic needs with progress and development. It further suggests that development,
while meeting the needs of the present, cannot compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

WHAT SUBJECT AREAS WILL SCOUTS STUDY IN THE SUSTAINABILITY  MERIT BADGE?
• Ecology
• Air, water, and land pollution
• Endangered species
• Pollution prevention, resource recovery, and conservation
• Ecosystem—living and nonliving
• Environmental impact

WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR SUSTAINABILITY?
The requirements for Sustainability have not yet been finalized, but initial discussions include the following
topics:
• What is sustainability?
• Examining our current needs and our choices in meeting them, with attention to extraction, production, distribution, consumption, and disposal
• Impact on our natural resources
• Problems we must address, including plastic, electronic, and medical waste; species extinction; and climate change
• New habits to adopt, including green chemistry, recycling, zero waste, and sustainability conscious citizenship
• Careers related to sustainability
 
 

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Historical Merit Badge Program Past.

Just for 2010 (sorry this program is over):
A merit badge called Computers would sound just a crazy to a 1910 Boy Scout as a merit badge called Tracking sounds to Scouts today. That's because the BSA’s list of available merit badges has evolved through the years as the interests of boys have changed. In honor of the BSA’s 100th Anniversary, though, today's generation of Scouts will get the unique opportunity to experience some of the activities their predecessors enjoyed. That's possible thanks to the BSA’s new Historical Merit Badge Program, a set of four discontinued merit badges that today's Scouts can earn.
Signaling   -  Tracking   -   Pathfinding    -   Carpentry