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.


  • 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
  • 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!

    Scouts should use the workbooks to prepare notes to themselves, and should not assume that filling in the workbook is sufficient to earn the badge.
  • Scouts STARTING a merit badge must use the CURRENT requirements, which are found on
  • Once Scouts have started a merit badge, they 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. Scouts cannot pick and choose from both sets. If  the new requirements are selected, they can, of course, use the work they have 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 new year begins, 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: 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,  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 some of these workbooks (in PDF format only) are also available on sites which are maintained by the BSA, including, 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.

Workbooks which were last updated prior to March 2021, contain one of the following statements:
"No one may add or subtract from the official requirements found in Boy Scout Requirements (Pub. 33216 - SKU 637685)

"No one may add or subtract from the official requirements found in Scouts BSA Requirements (Pub. 33216)."
Since BSA has discontinued publication of that book and now states that the official requirements are those posted on,
be considered to read as follows:
"No one may add or subtract from the official requirements found on"

The workbooks listed below reflect the CURRENT requirements.

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)
Last updated
Word Processor Format
Portable Document Format
ZIP File of ALL available current worksheets (VERY Large Files!) All docx files.zipAll pdf
Eagle Required Merit Badges
ID# Scoutbook ID#        
1 20 Camping October 2021 Camping.docx Camping.pdf
160 154 Citizenship in Society ChecklistAugust 2022 Cit-Society-checklist.docx Cit-Society-checklist.pdf
Workbook September 2022 Cit-Society-workbook.docx Cit-Society-workbook.pdf
2 24 Citizenship in the Community June 2020 (DOCX) / July 2020 (PDF) Cit-Comm.docx Cit-Comm.pdf
3 25 Citizenship in the Nation May 2022 Cit-Nation.docx Cit-Nation.pdf
4 26 Citizenship in the World June 2020 Cit-World.docx Cit-World.pdf
5 30 Communication June 2020 Communication.docx Communication.pdf
38 38 Cooking September 2021 Cooking.docx Cooking.pdf
39 35 Cycling June 2020 Cycling.docx Cycling.docx
6 42 Emergency Preparedness June 2020 (DOCX) / August 2020 (PDF) Emerg-Prep.docx Emerg-Prep.pdf
7 46 Environmental Science June 2020 (DOCX) / November 2020 (PDF) Env-Science.docx Env-Science.pdf
129 47 Family Life June 2020 Family-Life.docx Family-Life.pdf
8 51 First Aid May 2022 First-Aid.docx First-Aid.pdf
61 62 Hiking June 2020 Hiking.docx Hiking.pdf
9 72 Lifesaving January 2021 Lifesaving.docx Lifesaving.pdf
10 84 Personal Fitness October 2021 Pers-Fitness.docx Pers-Fitness.pdf
11 85 Personal Management October 2022 Pers-Manage.docx Pers-Manage.pdf
152 142 Sustainability June 2020 Sustainability.docx Sustainability.pdf
14 116 Swimming June 2020 Swimming.docx Swimming.pdf
All Current Merit Badges in Alphabetical Order
15 3 AMERICAN BUSINESS June 2020 Am-Business.docx Am-Business.pdf
17 4 AMERICAN CULTURES June 2020 Am-Culture.docx Am-Culture.pdf
16 5 AMERICAN HERITAGE October 2021 Am-Heritage.docx Am-Heritage.pdf
121 6 AMERICAN LABOR June 2020 Am-Labor.docx Am-Labor.pdf
28 7 ANIMAL SCIENCE June 2020 Animal-Science.docx Animal-Science.pdf
158 152 ANIMATION May 2022 Animation.docx Animation.pdf
132 8 ARCHAEOLOGY January 2021 Archaeology.docx Archaeology.pdf
19 9 ARCHERY June 2020 Archery.docx Archery.pdf
20 10 ARCHITECTURE June 2020 Architecture.docx Architecture.pdf
21 11 ART June 2020 Art.docx Art.pdf
22 12 ASTRONOMY May 2022 Astronomy.docx Astronomy.pdf
23 13 ATHLETICS May 2022 Athletics.docx Athletics.pdf
127 14 AUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCE June 2020 Auto-Maint.docx Auto-Maint.pdf
25 15 AVIATION May 2022 Aviation.docx Aviation.pdf
26 16 BACKPACKING June 2020 Backpacking.docx Backpacking.pdf
27 17 BASKETRY June 2020 Basketry.docx Basketry.pdf
29 18 BIRD STUDY June 2020 Bird-Study.docx Bird-Study.pdf
32 19 BUGLING June 2020 Bugling.docx Bugling.pdf
1 20 CAMPING October 2021 Camping.docx Camping.pdf
33 21 CANOEING May 2022 Canoeing.docx Canoeing.pdf
34 22 CHEMISTRY June 2020 Chemistry.docx Chemistry.pdf
147 135 CHESS June 2020 Chess.docx Chess.pdf
160 154 CITIZENSHIP IN SOCIETY ChecklistAugust 2022 Cit-Society-checklist.docx Cit-Society-checklist.pdf
Workbook September 2022 Cit-Society-workbook.docx Cit-Society-workbook.pdf
2 24 CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY June 2020 (DOCX) / July 2020 (PDF) Cit-Comm.docx Cit-Comm.pdf
3 25 CITIZENSHIP IN THE NATION May 2022 Cit-Nation.docx Cit-Nation.pdf
4 26 CITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLD June 2020 Cit-World.docx Cit-World.pdf
133 27 CLIMBING May 2022 Climbing.docx Climbing.pdf
35 28 COIN COLLECTING May 2022 Coin-Collect.docx Coin-Collect.pdf
128 29 COLLECTIONS January 2021 Collections.docx Collections.pdf
5 30 COMMUNICATION June 2020 Communication.docx Communication.pdf
137 31 COMPOSITE MATERIALS February 2022 Composite-Mat.docx Composite-Mat.pdf
38 33 COOKING September 2021 Cooking.docx
131 34 CRIME PREVENTION June 2020 Crime-Prev.docx Crime-Prev.pdf
39 35 CYCLING June 2020 Cycling.docx Cycling.pdf
40 36 DENTISTRY May 2022 Dentistry.docx Dentistry.pdf
Scouts BSA Cyber Chip
August 2021 Digital-Tech.docx Digital-Tech.pdf
60 37 DISABILITIES AWARENESS May 2022 Disability-Aware.docx Disability-Aware.pdf
41 38 DOG CARE June 2020 Dog-Care.docx Dog-Care.pdf
42 39 DRAFTING June 2020 Drafting.docx Drafting.pdf
43 40 ELECTRICITY January 2021 Electricity.docx Electricity.pdf
44 41 ELECTRONICS January 2021 Electronics.docx Electronics.pdf
6 42 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS June 2020 (DOCX) / August 2020 (PDF) Emerg-Prep.docx Emerg-Prep.pdf
45 43 ENERGY June 2020 Energy.docx Energy.pdf
46 44 ENGINEERING June 2020 Engineering.docx Engineering.pdf
134 45 ENTREPRENEURSHIP June 2020 Entrepreneur.docx Entrepreneur.pdf
7 46 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE June 2020 (DOCX) / November 2020 (PDF) Env-Science.docx Env-Science.pdf
159 153 EXPLORATION June 2020 Exploration.docx Exploration.pdf
129 47 FAMILY LIFE June 2020 Family-Life.docx Family-Life.pdf
48 48 FARM MECHANICS June 2020 Farm-Mech.docx Farm-Mech.pdf
49 49 FINGERPRINTING June 2020 Fingerprinting.docx Fingerprinting.pdf
50 50 FIRE SAFETY October 2021 Fire-Safety.docx Fire-Safety.pdf
8 51 FIRST AID May 2022 First-Aid.docx First-Aid.pdf
51 52 FISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT October 2021 Fish-and-Wildlife.docx Fish-and-Wildlife.pdf
52 53 FISHING January 2021 Fishing.docx Fishing.pdf
136 54 FLY FISHING January 2021 Fly-Fishing.docx Fly-Fishing.pdf
54 55 FORESTRY June 2020 Forestry.docx Forestry.pdf
151 140 GAME DESIGN June 2020 Game-Design.docx Game-Design.pdf
55 56 GARDENING June 2020 Gardening.docx Gardening.pdf
56 57 GENEALOGY June 2020 Genealogy.docx Genealogy.pdf
145 58 GEOCACHING June 2020 Geocaching.docx Geocaching.pdf
58 59 GEOLOGY June 2020 Geology.docx Geology.pdf
59 90 GOLF June 2020 Golf.docx Golf.pdf
122 61 GRAPHIC ARTS June 2020 Graphic-Arts.docx Graphic-Arts.pdf
161 155 HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONS August 2022 Health-Pro.docx Health-Pro.pdf
61 62 HIKING June 2020 Hiking.docx Hiking.pdf
62 63 HOME REPAIRS June 2020 Home-Repair.docxHome-Repair.pdf
63 64 HORSEMANSHIP June 2020 Horsemanship.docxHorsemanship.pdf
64 65 INDIAN LORE June 2020 Indian-Lore.docxIndian-Lore.pdf
65 66 INSECT STUDY June 2020 Insect-Study.docxInsect-Study.pdf
144 67 INVENTING October 2021 Inventing.docxInventing.pdf
66 68 JOURNALISM June 2020 Journalism.docxJournalism.pdf
149 136 KAYAKING and Kayaking BSA June 2020 Kayaking.docxKayaking.pdf
67 69 LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE June 2020 Landscape-Arch.docx Landscape-Arch.pdf
68 70 LAW June 2020 Law.docxLaw.pdf
69 71 LEATHERWORK June 2020 Leatherwork.docxLeatherwork.pdf
9 72 LIFESAVING January 2021 Lifesaving.docxLifesaving.pdf
71 73 MAMMAL STUDY June 2020 Mammal-Study.docxMammal-Study.pdf
130 74 MEDICINE March 2021 Medicine-18.docxMedicine-18.pdf
74 75 METALWORK June 2020 Metalwork.docxMetalwork.pdf
155 147 MINING IN SOCIETY May 2022 Mining-in-Society.docx Mining-in-Society.pdf
75 76 MODEL DESIGN AND BUILDING June 2020 Model-Design.docx Model-Design.pdf
76 77 MOTORBOATING April 2021 Motorboating.docxMotorboating.pdf
156 23 MOVIEMAKING June 2020 Moviemaking.docx Moviemaking.pdf
77 78 MUSIC June 2020 Music.docxMusic.pdf
78 79 NATURE2018-present Requirements January 2021 Nature.docxNature.pdf
2020-Present Requirements January 2021 Nature.docxNature.pdf
24 80 NUCLEAR SCIENCE June 2020 Nuclear-Science.docxNuclear-Science.pdf
79 81 OCEANOGRAPHY June 2020 Oceanography.docxOceanography.pdf
80 82 ORIENTEERING November 2020 Orienteering.docxOrienteering.pdf
81 83 PAINTING June 2020 Painting.docxPainting.pdf
10 84 PERSONAL FITNESS October 2021 Pers-Fitness.docxPers-Fitness.pdf
11 85 PERSONAL MANAGEMENT October 2022 Pers-Manage.docxPers-Manage.pdf
82 86 PETS June 2020 Pets.docxPets.pdf
Scouts BSA Cyber Chip
January 2021 Photography.docxPhotography.pdf
84 88 PIONEERING May 2022 Pioneering.docxPioneering.pdf
85 89 PLANT SCIENCE June 2020 Plant-Science.docxPlant-Science.pdf
86 90 PLUMBING June 2020 Plumbing.docxPlumbing.pdf
87 91 POTTERY June 2020 Pottery.docxPottery.pdf
153 144 PROGRAMMING and
Scouts BSA Cyber Chip
May 2022 Programming.docxProgramming.pdf
89 71 PUBLIC HEALTH January 2021 Public-Health.docxPublic-Health.pdf
90 193 PUBLIC SPEAKING June 2020 Public-Speaking.docxPublic-Speaking.pdf
91 94 PULP AND PAPER June 2020 Pulp-and-Paper.docxPulp-and-Paper.pdf
93 95 RADIO June 2020 Radio.docxRadio.pdf
94 96 RAILROADING May 2022 Railroading.docxRailroading.pdf
95 997 READING May 2022 Reading.docxReading.pdf
96 98 REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN STUDY DOCX - June 2020 / PDF - October 2020 Reptile-Amphibian.docx Reptile-Amphibian.pdf
123 99 RIFLE SHOOTING June 2020 Rifle-Shooting.docxRifle-Shooting.pdf
146 112 ROBOTICS
October 2021 Robotics.docx
98 100 ROWING August 2021 Rowing.docxRowing.pdf
12 101 SAFETY March 2021 Safety.docxSafety.pdf
99 102 SALESMANSHIP June 2020 Salesmanship.docxSalesmanship.pdf
100 104 SCHOLARSHIPJune 2020 Scholarship.docxScholarship.pdf
143 103 SCOUTING HERITAGEJune 2020 Scouting-Heritage.docx Scouting-Heritage.pdf
138 105 SCUBA DIVING June 2020 Scuba.docxScuba.pdf
101 106 SCULPTURE June 2020 Sculpture.docxSculpture.pdf
150 137 SEARCH AND RESCUE June 2020 Search-Rescue.docxSearch-Rescue.pdf
124  107  SHOTGUN SHOOTING June 2020 Shotgun-Shooting.docx Shotgun-Shooting.pdf
157 151 SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND CODES June 2020 Signs-Signals-and-Codes.docx Signs-Signals-and-Codes.pdf
103 108 SKATING June 2020 Skating.docxSkating.pdf
105 109 SMALL-BOAT SAILING October 2021 Small-Boat-Sailing.docx Small-Boat-Sailing.pdf
135 110 SNOW SPORTS June, 2017 Snow-Sports.docxSnow-Sports.pdf
106 111 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION October 2021 Soil-Water.docx Soil-Water.pdf
107 112 SPACE EXPLORATION June 2020 Space-Explore.docxSpace-Explore.pdf
13 113 SPORTS October 2021 Sports.docxSports.pdf
108 114 STAMP COLLECTING June 2020 Stamp-Collecting.docx Stamp-Collecting.pdf
109 445 SURVEYING June 2020 Surveying.docxSurveying.pdf
152 142 SUSTAINABILITY June 2020 Sustainability.docxSustainability.pdf
14 116 SWIMMING June 2020 Swimming.docxSwimming.pdf
110 117 TEXTILE June 2020 Textile.docxTextile.pdf
111 118 THEATER January 2021 Theater.docxTheater.pdf
112 120 TRAFFIC SAFETY May 2022 Traffic-Safety.docxTraffic-Safety.pdf
113 121 TRUCK TRANSPORTATION Jul y 2020 Truck-Transport.docx Truck-Transport.pdf
114 122 VETERINARY MEDICINE June 2020 Vet-Medicine.docxVet-Medicine.pdf
115 123 WATER SPORTS June 2020 Water Sports.docxWater Sports.pdf
116 124 WEATHER June 2020 Weather.docxWeather.pdf
148 133 WELDING June 2020 Welding.docxWelding.pdf
125 125 WHITEWATER June 2020 Whitewater.docxWhitewater.pdf
117 126 WILDERNESS SURVIVAL February, 2018 Wilderness-Survival.docx Wilderness-Survival.pdf
118 127 WOOD CARVING June, 2017 Wood-Carving.docxWood-Carving.pdf
119 128 WOODWORK January 2021 Woodwork.docxWoodwork.pdf

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