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. Citizenship in Society (starting July 2022)
  6. Communication
  7. Cooking
  8. Personal Fitness
  9. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
  10. Environmental Science OR Sustainability
  11. Personal Management
  12. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
  13. Camping
  14. Family Life
  15. First Aid
  16. Citizenship in the Community
  17. Citizenship in the Nation
  18. Citizenship in the World
  19. Citizenship in Society (starting July 2022)
  20. Communication
  21. Cooking
  22. Personal Fitness
  23. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
  24. Environmental Science OR Sustainability
  25. Personal Management
  26. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
  27. Camping
  28. Family Life

For Eagle, only 14 of the 18 badges are required.  Only one of Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving is required, only one of Swimming, Hiking and Cycling is required, and only one of Environmental Science and Sustainability is required.

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

Current Sign-up Sheets

Title Date Open Spots  
Swimming Merit Badge N/A 10