Merit Badge Categories

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" (No. 04439) (with new badges added in appropriate locations).

  1. AGRIBUSINESS
    ANIMAL SCIENCEFARM MECHANICSPLANT SCIENCE
  2. ARTS AND CRAFTS
    ARTBASKETRYBUGLINGLEATHERWORKMETALWORKMUSICPOTTERYSCULPTURETHEATERWOOD CARVING
  3. BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY
    AMERICAN BUSINESSENTREPRENEURSHIPPULP AND PAPERSALESMANSHIPTEXTILE
  4. CONSERVATION
    ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCEFISH AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENTFORESTRYSOIL AND WATER CONSERVATIONSUSTAINABILITY
  5. HOBBIES
    BACKPACKINGCAMPINGCHESSCOIN COLLECTINGCOLLECTIONSCOOKINGDOG CAREGARDENINGHIKINGHOME REPAIRSINDIAN LOREMODEL DESIGN AND BUILDINGPETSPIONEERINGRADIOROWINGSCOUTING HERITAGESTAMP COLLECTING
  6. NATURAL SCIENCE
    ARCHAEOLOGYASTRONOMYBIRD STUDYGEOLOGYINSECT STUDYMAMMAL STUDYNATUREOCEANOGRAPHYREPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN STUDYWEATHER
  7. COMMUNICATIONS
    MOVIEMAKINGJOURNALISMPHOTOGRAPHYSIGNS, SIGNALS, AND CODES
  8. PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
    AMERICAN CULTURESAMERICAN HERITAGECITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITYCITIZENSHIP IN THE NATIONCITIZENSHIP IN THE WORLDCOMMUNICATIONDISABILITIES AWARENESSFAMILY LIFEGENEALOGYPERSONAL FITNESSPERSONAL MANAGEMENTPUBLIC SPEAKINGREADINGSCHOLARSHIPSEARCH AND RESCUETRAFFIC SAFETYWILDERNESS SURVIVAL
  9. PHYSICAL SCIENCE
    CHEMISTRYDIGITAL TECHNOLOGYELECTRICITYELECTRONICSENERGYNUCLEAR SCIENCESPACE EXPLORATION
  10. PROFESSIONS
    ANIMATIONARCHITECTUREDENTISTRYENGINEERINGGAME DESIGNINVENTINGLANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURELAWMEDICINEMINING IN SOCIETYPROGRAMMINGROBOTICSSURVEYINGVETERINARY MEDICINE
  11. PUBLIC SERVICE
    CRIME PREVENTIONEMERGENCY PREPAREDNESSFINGERPRINTINGFIRE SAFETYFIRST AIDLIFESAVINGPUBLIC HEALTHSAFETY
  12. SPORTS
    ARCHERYATHLETICSCANOEINGCLIMBINGCYCLINGFISHINGFLY FISHING, GOLFGEOCACHINGHORSEMANSHIPKAYAKINGMOTORBOATINGORIENTEERINGRIFLE SHOOTINGSCUBA DIVINGSHOTGUN SHOOTINGSKATINGSMALL-BOAT SAILINGSNOW SPORTSSPORTSSWIMMINGWATER SPORTSWHITEWATER
  13. TRADES
    AMERICAN LABORAUTOMOTIVE MAINTENANCECOMPOSITE MATERIALSDRAFTINGGRAPHIC ARTSPAINTINGPLUMBINGWELDINGWOODWORK
  14. TRANSPORTATION
    AVIATIONRAILROADINGTRUCK TRANSPORTATION

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