Merit Badges

Before beginning with a merit badge counselor or enrolling in a Merit Badge class, Troop 55 Scouts need to obtain approval and a blue card from their PASM and meet with the Scoutmaster for all Eagle-required merit badges. 

Which badges first?

Scouts can work on merit badges from the age of 10 and half years old until they reach the age of 18.  BSA has designed merit badges that will be interesting and challenging for boys throughout that age range.  Some merit badges are significantly easier than others.  When selecting merit badges on which to work, it is important to pick badges that are age-appropriate, otherwise the scout can be overwhelmed and get discouraged.

Troop 55’s recommended sequence of merit badges is as follows:

Level 1 – New Scouts / Ages 11-12 / 5th and 6th grades

Eagle Required

First Aid
Swimming *
Family Life
Emergency Preparedness *
    (First Aid MB required before)

Non Eagle Required

Basketry
Climbing
Dog Care
Fishing
Leatherwork
Mammal Study
Pets
Woodcarving

Level 2 – First Class / Ages 12-13 / 6th and 7th grades

Eagle Required

First Aid
Camping   (7th grade)
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the Community  (7th grade)
Cooking
Environmental Science *   (7th grade)
Hiking *
Personal Fitness
Sustainability *

Non Eagle Required

Canoeing
Collections
Geology
Golf
Home Repairs
Law
Medicine
Nature
Photography
Pioneering
Radio
Reading
Scholarship
Sports

Level 3 – Star and Life / Ages 14+ / 8th grade and up

Eagle Required

First Aid
Citizenship in the World
Communications
Personal Management
Lifesaving *
    (Swimming MB required before)
Cycling *

Non Eagle Required

Basketry
Auto Mechanics
Backpacking
Rowing
Whitewater
Wilderness Survival
BSA Lifeguard

Eagle Required Merit Badges

  1. First Aid
  2. Citizenship in the Community
  3. Citizenship in the Nation
  4. Citizenship in the World
  5. Communication
  6. Cooking
  7. Personal Fitness
  8. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
  9. Environmental Science OR Sustainability
  10. Personal Management
  11. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
  12. Camping
  13. Family Life

For Eagle, only 13 of the 17 badges are required.  Only one of Emergency Prep and Lifesaving is required, only one of Swimming, Hiking and Cycling is required, and only one of Environmental and Sustainability is required.

There are over 120 merit badges in total.  Only a portion of the non-ER badges are shown above.  For guidance on those additional badges, talk to the SM, the Advancement Chair, or one of the PASMs.