For a list of Merit Badge Counselors in Brazos District, sign in to Troop Track, go to the Manage button, Members and Merit Badge Counselors.

You can search by typing in the name of the Merit Badge in the search box and hitting enter.


How to Earn a Merit Badge

Pick the Badge. Do you know what badges you can earn? Many badges correspond with what you are already doing, whether it is for school, at home or in your community. Look over the requirements for the different badges and select the one(s) that interest you. Keep in mind you MUST earn certain badges for advancement.

Get the Card. You must get a SIGNED blue card from a Troop leader (Scoutmaster, Troop Advancement Chair, Asst. Scoutmaster) for each merit badge you work on BEFORE you begin.  Go the Manage button, members, Merit Badge Counselors for a list of MBCs.  Let the Troop leader know which MBC you are going to use for your merit badge.  There is also a district list under the Share button.

Contact the Counselor. Once you have your blue card get in touch with the merit badge counselor and tell him or her that you want to earn the merit badge. The counselor may arrange a meeting to explain what is expected and start helping you meet the requirements.  Always check you are using requirements with the most current revision date.

Use the Scout Buddy System. You must have another person with you at each meeting with the merit badge counselor. This person can be another Scout, your parents or guardian, a brother or sister, a relative, or a friend. Try to meet in a public place, maybe before a regular Troop meeting or during a campout.

GO! When you understand what is expected, start to learn and do the things required for the badge. Remember your merit badge counselor is just one of the many resources you have available to you as you work toward completion of the badge requirements. Don’t be afraid to use teachers, parents, family friends and Troop leaders. If you get stuck on something or need ideas just ASK!

Be organized! You must meet the requirements exactly as they are stated -- no more and no less. If it says "show or demonstrate," that is what you must do. Just telling about it isn't enough. The same thing holds true for such words as "make," "list," "in the field," "collect," "identify," and "label." Keep everything together in a folder and use a worksheet such as the ones found on this CD or on the Internet at You need to provide proof to the counselor you have completed the requirements.

Show Your Stuff.  When you have completed the requirements, arrange with your counselor a time to review your work. Make sure to take along the things you have made to meet the requirements. If they are too big to move, take pictures or have an adult tell in writing what you have done. The counselor will review each requirement with you to make sure that you know your stuff and have done or can do the things required. You do not have to wait until all requirements are done before you ask your counselor to review your work.

Get the Badge!  When the counselor is satisfied you have met each requirement he or she will sign your blue card. Give the signed blue card to a Troop leader – Scoutmaster, Advancement Chair, Asst. Scoutmaster. Congratulations! You r badge will be awarded at the next Court of Honor. In addition to the actual badge, you will receive a portion of your blue card for your records.

Update Your Records.  Make sure you put your blue card copy in a safe location-you will need it for your Boards of Review for Star, Life and Eagle. Make note of the badge and date earned in your Scout Handbook. Sew your badge onto your merit badge sash.

NEXT!  Get started on your next badge...

Merit Badge Worksheets

List of current Merit Badges

The following are all the Merit Badges currently offered by the Boy Scouts of America:

  1. American Business
  2. American Cultures
  3. American Heritage
  4. American Labor
  5. Animal Science
  6. Archaeology
  7. Archery
  8. Architecture
  9. Art
  10. Astronomy
  11. Athletics
  12. Automotive Maintenance
  13. Aviation
  14. Backpacking
  15. Basketry
  16. Bird Study
  17. Bugling
  18. Camping
  19. Canoeing
  20. Chemistry
  21. Chess
  22. Cinematography
  23. Citizenship in the Community
  24. Citizenship in the Nation
  25. Citizenship in the World
  26. Climbing
  27. Coin Collecting
  28. Collections
  29. Communication
  30. Composite Materials
  31. Computers
  32. Cooking
  33. Crime Prevention
  34. Cycling
  35. Dentistry
  36. Digital Technology
  37. Disabilities Awareness
  38. Dog Care
  39. Drafting
  40. Electricity
  41. Electronics
  42. Emergency Preparedness
  43. Energy
  44. Engineering
  45. Entrepreneurship
  46. Environmental Science
  47. Family Life
  48. Farm Mechanics
  49. Fingerprinting
  50. Fire Safety
  51. First Aid
  52. Fish and Wildlife Management
  53. Fishing
  54. Fly Fishing
  55. Forestry
  56. Game Design
  57. Gardening
  58. Genealogy
  59. Geocaching
  60. Geology
  61. Golf
  62. Graphic Arts
  63. Hiking
  64. Home Repairs
  65. Horsemanship
  66. Indian Lore
  67. Insect Study
  68. Inventing
  69. Journalism
  70. Kayaking
  71. Landscape Architecture
  72. Law
  73. Leatherwork
  74. Lifesaving
  75. Mammal Study
  76. Medicine
  77. Metalwork
  78. Mining in Society
  79. Model Design and Building
  80. Motorboating
  81. Moviemaking
  82. Music
  83. Nature
  84. Nuclear Science
  85. Oceanography
  86. Orienteering
  87. Painting
  88. Personal Fitness
  89. Personal Management
  90. Pets
  91. Photography
  92. Pioneering
  93. Plant Science
  94. Plumbing
  95. Pottery
  96. Programming
  97. Public Health
  98. Public Speaking
  99. Pulp and Paper
  100. Radio
  101. Railroading
  102. Reading
  103. Reptile and Amphibian Study
  104. Rifle Shooting
  105. Robotics
  106. Rowing
  107. Safety
  108. Salesmanship
  109. Scouting Heritage
  110. Scholarship
  111. Scuba Diving
  112. Sculpture
  113. Search & Rescue
  114. Shotgun Shooting
  115. Skating
  116. Small-Boat Sailing
  117. Snow Sports
  118. Soil and Water Conservation
  119. Space Exploration
  120. Sports
  121. Stamp Collecting
  122. Surveying
  123. Sustainability
  124. Swimming
  125. Textile
  126. Theater
  127. Traffic Safety
  128. Truck Transportation
  129. Veterinary Medicine
  130. Water Sports
  131. Weather
  132. Welding
  133. Whitewater
  134. Wilderness Survival
  135. Wood Carving
  136. Woodwork


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