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Program
Department
Meeting Place
Type
Min. Age/ Sugg. Rank
Prerequisite RequirementsNotes
Requirements
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Instructional Swim
Aquatics
Swimming Docks
Training
NoneNone
Show up at beginning of session & schedule w/ area director
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/outdoor%20program/aquatics/pdf/430-122.pdf
3
Kayaking Award
Aquatics
Paddling Beach
Emblem
NoneBSA Swimmer
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/19-510.pdf
4
Kayaking MB
Aquatics
Paddling Beach
Merit Badge
1st ClassBSA Swimmer
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Kayaking.pdf
5
Lifesaving MB
Aquatics
Swimming Docks
Merit Badge
1st ClassBSA SwimmerEagle required
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Lifesaving.pdf
6
Mile Swim
Aquatics
Paddling Beach
Emblem
NoneBSA Swimmer
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/512-020_WB.pdf
7
Paddlecraft Safety
Aquatics
Paddling Beach
Training
16+
BSA swimmer, significant swimming & paddling experience
Mostly hands-on, in-water rescues
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/outdoor%20program/aquatics/pdf/430-501.pdf
8
Safe Swim Defense
Aquatics
Swimming Docks
Training
16+NoneClassroom course
Complete course
9
Safety Afloat
Aquatics
Paddling Beach
Training
16+NoneClassroom course
Complete course
10
Stand Up Paddleboard Award
Aquatics
Paddling Beach
Emblem
NoneBSA Swimmer
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/outdoor%20program/pdf/bsa_sup_award.pdf
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Swimming & Water Rescue
Aquatics
Swimming Docks
Training
16+
BSA swimmer, significant swimming & paddling experience
Mostly hands-on, in-water rescues
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/outdoor%20program/aquatics/pdf/430-505.pdf
12
Swimming MB
Aquatics
Swimming Docks
Merit Badge
2nd ClassBSA SwimmerEagle Required
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Swimming.pdf
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Water Reality
Aquatics
Swimming Docks
Open Program
NoneBSA Swimmer
N/a
14
Watercraft Elective
Aquatics
Paddling Beach
Venturing Awards
Venturer
BSA Swimmer, Safety Afloat, Boating Safety
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/Ranger_Award_Requirements.pdf
15
Whitewater MB
Aquatics
Whitewater Tent
Merit Badge
1st Class
BSA Swimmer, Kayaking MB/award, additional fee $, two-deep leadership
Must pre-register by 4/30; Dependent on river conditions
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Whitewater_2016.pdf
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Whitewater Rafting
Aquatics
Whitewater Tent
Open Program
12+
BSA Swimmer, additional fee, two-deep leadership
Must pre-register by 4/30; guided by outfitter
N/a
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Whitewater Rafting Award
Aquatics
Whitewater Tent
Emblem
None
Must have registered for whitewater rafting trip
Bring requirements sheet to be signed by guide
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Whitewater_Rafting_BSA_Application.pdf
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Climb On Safely
COPE & Climbing
Boulder Cove
Training
16+None
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Outdoor%20Program/pdf/430-101WB.pdf
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Climbing Instructor
COPE & Climbing
Boulder Cove
Training
18+
Significant climbing experience (beyond Climbing MB)
Should know all basic climbing knots
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Outdoor%20Program/pdf/430-500_BelayOn_WB.pdf
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Climbing Instructor in Training
COPE & Climbing
Boulder Cove
Training
16+
Significant climbing experience (beyond Climbing MB)
Should know all basic climbing knots
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Outdoor%20Program/pdf/430-500_BelayOn_WB.pdf
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Climbing MB
COPE & Climbing
Boulder Cove
Merit Badge
Tenderfoot50-250 lbs.
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Climbing.pdf
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High COPE (Challenge Course)
COPE & Climbing
Action Point Challenge Course
Open Program
13+50-250 lbs.
N/a
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Low COPE
COPE & Climbing
Delta Pavilion
Open Program
13+None
N/a
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Mountaineering Elective
COPE & Climbing
Boulder Cove
Venturing Awards
Venturer
Comfortable with heights, 50-250lbs
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/Ranger_Award_Requirements.pdf
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Open Bouldering
COPE & Climbing
Boulder Cove
Open Program
None50-250 lbs.
N/a
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Open Climbing
COPE & Climbing
Boulder Cove
Open Program
None50-250 lbs.
N/a
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Open Rappelling
COPE & Climbing
Boulder Cove
Open Program
None50-250 lbs.
N/a
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Project COPE Elective
COPE & Climbing
Delta Pavilion
Venturing Awards
Venturer
Comfortable with heights, 50-250lbs
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/Ranger_Award_Requirements.pdf
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Unit/Patrol COPE
COPE & Climbing
Delta Pavilion
Training
None
Schedule with Commissioner/COPE staff
1/2 day or multiple days
N/a
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Archaeology MB - New!
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Merit Badge
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Archaeology.pdf
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Astronomy MB
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Merit Badge
NoneNone
Must attend evening Star Party (weather dependent)
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Astronomy.pdf
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Bird Study MB
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Merit Badge
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Bird_Study.pdf
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Ecology Elective
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Venturing Awards
Venturer12b, 12c
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/Ranger_Award_Requirements.pdf
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Environmental Science MB
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Merit Badge
TenderfootNoneEagle required
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Environmental_Science.pdf
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Fish & Wildlife MB
Ecology & Sustainability
Cushman Fish Camp
Merit Badge
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Fish_and_WildlifeManagement.pdf
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Fishing Elective
Ecology & Sustainability
Cushman Fish Camp
Venturing Awards
Venturer15b, 15e, 15f
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/Ranger_Award_Requirements.pdf
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Fishing MB
Ecology & Sustainability
Cushman Fish Camp
Merit Badge
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Fishing.pdf
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Fly Fishing MB
Ecology & Sustainability
Cushman Fish Camp
Merit Badge
None
Fishing experience, fishing MB preferred
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Fly-Fishing.pdf
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Geology MB - New!
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Merit Badge
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Geology.pdf
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Leave No Trace Awareness
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Training
NoneNone
http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/files/BSA%20LNT%20101%20Course%20Guide.pdf
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Leave No Trace Trainer
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Training
16+
Significant camping experience, LNT Awareness
Minimum 6 participants, 16+ hour course, includes overnight
http://outdoorethics-bsa.org/files/BSA%20LNT%20Trainer%20Course%20Manual.pdf
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Mammal Study MB
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Merit Badge
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Mammal_Study.pdf
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Mining In Society
Ecology & Sustainability
Sustainability Treehouse
Merit Badge
NoneNoneReq. 2
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/merit_badge_reqandres/mining_in_society.pdf
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Nature MB
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Merit Badge
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Nature.pdf
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Open Exhibit
Ecology & Sustainability
Sustainability Treehouse
Open Program
None
N/a
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Plants & Wildlife Elective
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Venturing Awards
Venturer21bi, 21ci
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/Ranger_Award_Requirements.pdf
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Pulp & Paper MB - New!
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Merit Badge
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Pulp_and_Paper.pdf
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Reptile & Amphibian Study MB
Ecology & Sustainability
Sustainability Treehouse
Merit Badge
None8
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Reptile_and_AmphibianStudy.pdf
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Soil & Water Conservation MB
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Merit Badge
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Soil_and_WaterConservation.pdf
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Sustainability MB
Ecology & Sustainability
Sustainability Treehouse
Merit Badge
NoneSee workbookWorkbook Here; Eagle Required
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Sustainability.pdf
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Weather MB - New!
Ecology & Sustainability
Nature Center
Merit Badge
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Weather.pdf
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Hunter's Education Course
Hunters' Education
Hunter's Hall
Training
12+Complete Online Course
Grants participant hunters education cert for any state
www.beasafehunter.org
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Hunter's Education Orientation
Hunters' Education
Hunter's Hall
Training
NoneNone
N/a
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Lasershot
Hunters' Education
Crafton Skills Center
Open Program
NoneNone
N/a
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Open Exhibit
Hunters' Education
Hunter's Hall
Open Program
NoneNone
N/a
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Bugling MB
Media & Arts
Pigott Building
Merit Badge
None
6, experience playing a brass instrument
Should be familiar with most bugle calls prior to arrival
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Bugling.pdf
57
Moviemaking MB - New!
Media & Arts
Pigott Building
Merit Badge
2nd ClassNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Moviemaking.pdf
58
Music MB
Media & Arts
Pigott Building
Merit Badge
Tenderfoot3a,b or c
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Music.pdf
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Photography MB
Media & Arts
Pigott Building
Merit Badge
NoneMust have digital photo cameraCamera phones acceptable
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Photography.pdf
60
Creek Walk
Other
TriDave Lake Dam
Open Program
NoneNone
Wade through the creek below the CONSOL Energy Bridge
N/a
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Duty to God Award
Other
Pigott Building
Emblem
NoneNoneCompleted during camp
https://www.summitbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/James-C.-Justice-National-Scout-Camp-Leaders27-Guide.pdf
62
Scoutmaster Merit Badge
Other
Pigott Building
Adult Program
18+NoneCompleted during camp
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_bs_requirements_web.pdf
63
Summit Sustainability Award
Other
Pigott Building
Emblem
NoneNoneCompleted during camp
https://www.summitbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/James-C.-Justice-National-Scout-Camp-Leaders27-Guide.pdf
64
Brownsea Friday AM
Outdoor Skills
Cushman Fish Camp
Beginner Camper
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_bs_requirements_web.pdf
65
Brownsea Friday PM
Outdoor Skills
Brownsea Island
Beginner Camper
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_bs_requirements_web.pdf
66
Brownsea Monday AM
Outdoor Skills
Brownsea Island
Beginner Camper
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_bs_requirements_web.pdf
67
Brownsea Monday PM
Outdoor Skills
Sustainability Treehouse
Beginner Camper
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_bs_requirements_web.pdf
68
Brownsea Thursday AM
Outdoor Skills
Brownsea Island
Beginner Camper
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_bs_requirements_web.pdf
69
Brownsea Thursday PM
Outdoor Skills
Archery Range
Beginner Camper
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_bs_requirements_web.pdf
70
Brownsea Tuesday AM
Outdoor Skills
Brownsea Island
Beginner Camper
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_bs_requirements_web.pdf
71
Brownsea Tuesday PM
Outdoor Skills
Swimming Docks
Beginner Camper
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_bs_requirements_web.pdf
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Brownsea Wednesday AM
Outdoor Skills
Boulder Cove
Beginner Camper
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_bs_requirements_web.pdf
73
Brownsea Wednesday PM
Outdoor Skills
Brownsea Island
Beginner Camper
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_bs_requirements_web.pdf
74
Camping MB - New!
Outdoor Skills
Survival School
Merit Badge
Tenderfoot4b,7b,8d,9aEagle required, good for younger Scouts
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Camping.pdf
75
Fingerprinting MB
Outdoor Skills
Brownsea Island
Merit Badge
NoneNoneGood for younger Scouts
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Fingerprinting.pdf
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Firem'n Chit
Outdoor Skills
Brownsea Island
Beginner Camper
NoneNoneGood for younger Scouts
https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/advancement-and-awards/merit-badges/firem/
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First Aid MB
Outdoor Skills
Scoutcraft
Merit Badge
NoneNoneEagle required, good for younger Scouts
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/First_Aid.pdf
78
Forestry
Outdoor Skills
Scoutcraft
Merit Badge
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Forestry.pdf
79
Geocaching MB
Outdoor Skills
Scoutcraft
Merit Badge
None8,9
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Geocaching.pdf
80
Leatherwork MB
Outdoor Skills
Scoutcraft
Merit Badge
NoneNoneGood for younger Scouts
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Leatherwork.pdf
81
Orienteering MB
Outdoor Skills
Scoutcraft
Merit Badge
None7a,7b
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Orienteering.pdf
82
Pioneering MB
Outdoor Skills
Scoutcraft
Merit Badge
NoneNone
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Pioneering.pdf
83
Summit Survival Challenge
Outdoor Skills
Survival School
Emblem
StarWilderness Survival MBIncludes rigorous overnight
Complete course
84
Totin' Chip
Outdoor Skills
Brownsea Island
Beginner Camper
NoneNoneGood for younger Scouts
https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/advancement-and-awards/merit-badges/totin/
85
Wilderness Survival Core Req
Outdoor Skills
Survival School
Venturing Awards
Venturer7a, Cooking, Land Navigation & First Aid Core Reqs.
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/Ranger_Award_Requirements.pdf
86
Wilderness Survival MB
Outdoor Skills
Survival School
Merit Badge
1st ClassSignificant camping experienceIncludes overnight
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Wilderness_Survival.pdf
87
Archery MB
Shooting Sports
Archery Range
Merit Badge
None1c
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Archery.pdf
88
Field Archery
Shooting Sports
Archery Range
Open Program
NoneNone
N/a
89
LaPorte
Shooting Sports
Archery Range
Open Program
NoneNone
N/a
90
Rifle Shooting
Shooting Sports
Rifle Range
Open Program
NoneNone
N/a
91
Rifle Shooting Merit Badge
Shooting Sports
Rifle Range
Merit Badge
2nd Class1f
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Rifle_Shooting.pdf
92
Shooting Sports Elective: Archery
Shooting Sports
Archery Range
Venturing Awards
VenturerArchery ExperienceQualification is quite difficult
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/Ranger_Award_Requirements.pdf
93
Shooting Sports Elective: Rifle
Shooting Sports
Rifle Range
Venturing Awards
VenturerShooting ExperienceQualification is quite difficult
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/venturing/pdf/Ranger_Award_Requirements.pdf
94
Shotgun Shooting
Shooting Sports
Rifle Range
Open Program
NoneShotgun Shooting MB or 18+
N/a
95
Shotgun Shooting Merit Badge
Shooting Sports
Rifle Range
Merit Badge
2nd Class1f
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/Merit_Badge_ReqandRes/Shotgun_Shooting.pdf
96
Slingshot Shooting
Shooting Sports
Archery Range
Open Program
NoneNone
N/a
97
Static Archery
Shooting Sports
Archery Range
Open Program
NoneNone
N/a
98
Tomahawk Throw
Shooting Sports
Archery Range
Open Program
NoneNone
N/a
99
BMX
Wheeled Sports
Harvery MTB Shop
Open Program
NoneNone
N/a
100
BMX Instruction
Wheeled Sports
Harvey MTB Shop
Training
NoneNone
N/a
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