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Merit Badge200920102011201220132014
American Business685667707679805650
American Cultures271023532965288326492174
American Heritage562558536645662661955333
American Labor82273911688111090992
Animal Science344435913759450341744042
Archaeology7821793995861031689138652
Archery465794503945204482294387943238
Architecture269128403586363139564019
Art310342870732146292732803125438
Astronomy103841004814941173081633215758
Athletics377937283411346537093241
Automotive Maintenance918195201076210784100849763
Aviation207872117321440207511833017522
Backpacking500343774445487841144169
Basketry271792389923505220731936417531
Bird Study626866686881695264055641
Bugling662844628613515606
Camping*627746217462492607725898254265
Canoeing419184016041601390423340931833
Chemistry82488661956996921073110594
Chess006002292982731525266
Cinematography681965297245830884654026
Citizenship in the Community*592035889157785579515692851728
Citizenship in the Nation*648476468364558641206127256490
Citizenship in the World*680756748367779674866445261303
Climbing251922369824617246092286123200
Coin Collecting702367857052604356675303
Collections561460905027507749664295
Communication*621535946260749593455711154081
Composite Materials138016031817161018171614
Computers151661447414712144741514912973
Cooking*244962354823989233844490399908
Crime Prevention698180498374833172746917
Cycling**773675336992705365516268
Dentistry523155064491440342133416
Digital Technology000003014
Disabilities Awareness610073627503723066906204
Dog Care337334553407333033512955
Drafting151415161170137714401318
Electricity115851041911187113501096810460
Electronics711274527186806087538860
Emergency Preparedness507074994550510510355015346069
Energy342732033641390739893669
Engineering73619459941896821044511624
Entrepreneurship160915821895193219002496
Environmental Science**772857483678719762387160967218
Family Life*585685876755812562105508049516
Farm Mechanics262523872627245724212486
Fingerprinting468084639553189465944514043820
Fire Safety177841548316886145171298812395
First Aid*913348969494268923128747780917
Fish & Wildlife Management169711482516162155281341113749
Fishing286922980632048319322978828119
Fly Fishing6344754605429146904537
Forestry168431490616456163091487414465
Game Design0000265711853
Gardening257624032422225819721641
Genealogy567463865452564157405474
Geocaching0453319419187111703116785
Geology236402179823695240152210321282
Golf762372365798512849213955
Graphic Arts298230933620350531403189
Hiking**807476587946813278567344
Home Repairs516545724324441337903866
Horsemanship131061323013814126701097711905
Indian Lore312932853028591267052453522997
Insect Study258235023579412036133164
Inventing06162279259227042902
Journalism1285119112851184945955
Kayaking000217653621735533
Landscape Architecture133514141475161818721496
Law704473337315727469465463
Leatherwork538965002851535486744434442565
Lifesaving***284832773929382282282594524474
Mammal Study312452872831028283092406424060
Medicine451345474480450739903725
Metalwork122721159712790136741325912949
Mining in Society000003519
Model Design and Building258621232964312036282612
Motor Boating129851257812133120041101210748
Moviemaking000006195
Music175651662315875150881422312903
Nature184041677318453181141616415046
Nuclear Science588159086965711476666657
Oceanography10202110981072010636107699991
Orienteering207231832820221189891690916871
Painting469642175087541249114346
Personal Fitness*584615898856588569085629550693
Personal Management563305679353459545295327348299
Pets690063466068590456594821
Photography175431747918042188791780017804
Pioneering225962100823138215501952518117
Plant Science177917972614259327122680
Plumbing705562336417578551784982
Pottery98858937104931015798699050
Programming00004802970
Public Health192819581989178320061821
Public Speaking694066716703698772897091
Pulp and Paper493355496449749570346250
Radio719069946257695772086665
Railroading748488689144868171916694
Reading718365905889567652164712
Reptile and Amphibian Study990297979816977284837547
Rifle Shooting515625080154276504354705445839
Robotics005407132621340113708
Rowing168781494815906137691094410557
Safety430440884128382443493778
Salesmanship570462866765642564386648
Scholarship719470346570631059565362
Scouting Heritage038146407539456605572
Scuba Diving13029623015259423701989
Sculpture10372107501307412829114939887
Search and Rescue0007251055212359
Shotgun Shooting250862497827838261732460323970
Skating336031193208222024062010
Small Boat Sailing191451847119895187401685716511
Snow Sports113261139410586863691348227
Soil and Water Conservation155461529815554145531169711296
Space Exploration219772291423595235572329022625
Sports1044495509167911289508032
Stamp Collecting10871434114710451131863
Surveying159515391145123513071065
Sustainability****00005905428
Swimming**768077882580938803767294672503
Textile264122323657468146733694
Theater229021742201277623202273
Traffic Safety774571488665745075827088
Truck Transportation329129603009292828472182
Veterinary Medicine301838553502346034552875
Water Sports513548914783429139353594
Weather179271634518582178691595815846
Welding00040221091911061
Whitewater399333724322414932523565
Wilderness Survival446324162746757468294315840395
Wood Carving484894512145645449274112038749
Woodwork521758665590496256025198
MERIT BADGE 1993 1996 2005 2006 2007 Total Wiki Hits
First Aid 94,528 97,565 87,300 84,792 82,274 6,361,479 112,708
Swimming 93,488 90,922 75,796 76,692 74,108 5,776,804 101,371
Camping 73,831 70,825 62,393 61,469 58,022 4,242,599 210,273
Cooking 46,328 44,073 25,033 24,151 24,025 4,074,054 74,653
Citizenship in the Community 61,185 61,271 52,666 47,001 48,498 3,068,990 205,926
Safety 64,097 56,311 4,040 4,123 3,605 2,906,882 23,098
Lifesaving 37,828 38,445 28,552 29,119 27,676 2,844,641 56,373
Citizenship in the Nation 62,307 62,466 58,715 54,993 54,368 2,770,809 168,032
Canoeing 54,697 53,862 42,414 42,604 41,685 2,754,919 46,915
Fire Safety 14,150 12,147 13,261 13,358 13,661 2,503,544 34,645
Home Repairs 10,788 8,432 4,536 4,659 4,292 2,384,715 27,811
Basketry 48,773 53,365 32,165 30,454 28,256 2,279,180 29,997
Pioneering 1,366 31,029 24,204 23,025 21,292 2,265,542 35,177
Environmental Science 66,064 69,349 67,852 74,583 72,279 2,194,532 139,746
Personal Fitness 46,576 11,927 54,348 55,088 53,030 2,107,226 222,836
Leatherwork 66,585 64,575 56,128 54,654 50,852 2,104,721 29,124
Wood Carving 48,234 48,002 49,168 46,407 45,659 1,977,764 37,423
Citizenship in the World 60,844 57,187 61,746 58,097 58,608 1,811,599 168,461
Fishing 29,726 32,541 27,203 26,496 26,769 1,782,550 58,028
Communications 52,533 54,288 54,633 53,558 54,214 1,648,244 180,660
Rowing 27,330 26,636 17,889 16,412 16,484 1,618,890 15,858
Nature 17,055 17,327 15,292 15,662 16,441 1,545,332 31,620
Public Health &nbsp 1,956 2,028 1,123 1,487 1,504,707 12,586
Emergency Preparedness 44,142 46,502 46,346 47,362 44,987 1,493,208 144,740
Reading 7,848 7,440 7,155 6,561 6,178 1,441,821 51,473
Personal Management 7,955 45,973 51,197 51,334 49,861 1,439,063 206,490
Fingerprinting 28,016 36,014 41,565 42,348 39,482 1,351,387 31,782
Wilderness Survival 46,405 46,843 38,512 46,912 40,496 1,330,251 64,622
Archery 3,470 37,020 46,902 47,297 46,550 1,286,606 49,770
Hiking 10,309 8,306 8,275 7,901 7,781 1,275,737 72,674
Scholarship 8,049 7,866 6,496 6,719 6,607 1,231,674 38,059
Music 12,379 12,919 14,640 14,894 15,114 1,211,155 58,508
Art 14,363 22,988 33,031 32,856 27,112 1,106,190 45,671
Sports 31,446 28,989 12,315 12,349 10,968 1,080,553 44,539
Metalwork 16,562 20,626 9,362 9,625 10,683 1,048,028 19,650
Forestry 14,986 16,301 15,123 15,223 14,864 1,041,526 27,061
Athletics 3,594 5,485 4,260 4,308 5,959 1,040,227 35,706
Soil and Water Conservation 17,164 16,129 14,426 13,862 13,630 1,023,560 23,581
Indian Lore 30,949 30,495 28,581 30,800 29,624 1,006,056 35,923
Mammal Study 34,147 31,170 29,935 29,729 28,888 998,261 28,731
Rifle Shooting 37,029 43,968 50,337 47,996 46,174 981,791 48,598
Woodwork 5,733 4,315 4,846 4,990 4,621 935,073 29,935
Family Life 2,932 61,305 52,538 52,671 51,225 773,995 188,989
Electricity 8,028 7,876 11,953 10,433 10,034 728,783 30,521
Orienteering 3,879 26,192 21,395 20,267 19,803 685,065 38,911
Pets 4,715 7,228 6,919 6,350 6,287 616,714 39,992
Public Speaking 2,405 2,318 4,640 5,239 5,827 595,080 22,735
Reptile and Amphibian Study 12,989 12,322 11,093 10,286 10,434 582,050 31,692
Horsemanship 13,451 11,408 11,650 12,203 11,771 553,492 21,793
Fish and Wildlife Management 17,388 16,945 13,676 13,928 15,002 547,394 28,307
Astronomy 6,817 16,979 11,229 9,796 10,087 544,829 50,669
Bird Study 1,521 1,481 5,357 5,260 5,327 537,689 24,557
Painting 14,022 3,866 4,212 4,502 4,796 529,147 17,439
Cycling 5,703 4,975 7,217 7,242 6,754 526,565 67,848
Small Boat Sailing 16,261 17,813 17,224 17,961 17,852 524,722 21,690
Motorboating 13,228 13,566 13,724 13,552 13,324 501,386 22,427
Geology 11,067 14,491 18,693 20,073 19,525 489,419 28,575
Aviation 15,488 14,365 17,641 18,624 16,483 467,275 43,882
Weather 12,108 14,520 17,223 16,158 16,001 459,169 33,756
Coin Collecting 4,209 3,599 5,011 5,134 4,909 453,376 36,375
Computers 12,744 14,489 14,647 14,215 13,702 417,582 62,375
Dog Care 3,695 3,674 3,157 3,124 2,948 408,403 41,805
Space Exploration 10,838 13,902 23,155 21,256 19,943 401,454 34,590
Photography 36,389 4,167 9,302 10,448 12,447 383,533 43,503
Stamp Collecting 1,720 1,270 1,451 1,112 1,057 381,769 11,699
Snow Sports (was Skiing) 12,623 12,798 15,575 14987 10,671 381,472 25,663
Gardening 2,523 2,237 1,904 1,813 1,715 372,464 22,037
Plumbing 7,115 3,769 5,949 5,914 5,366 350,314 15,665
Shotgun Shooting 19,713 15,188 23,562 23,062 22,986 344,035 32,832
Pottery 4,363 11,358 9,218 9,272 8,574 316,172 16,102
Chemistry 2,935 3,661 5,592 6,063 5,944 286,512 25,889
Salesmanship 5,654 4,515 4,880 4,978 5,254 281,544 19,816
Climbing   7 22,316 22,628 22,495 249,405 32,310
Sculpture 5,440 5,042 8,760 9,450 9,091 224,275 12,866
Water Sports (Water Skiing) 5,053 4,801 3,560 3,701 3,556 218,672 22,309
Oceanography 26,018 6,256 9,472 9,745 9,357 215,147 22,571
Drafting 2,423 1,655 1,659 1,499 1,501 214,872 16,218
Farm Mechanics 2,051 1,986 1,948 2,122 1,951 203,825 11,830
Model Design and Building 1,904 1,665 2,699 2,365 2,282 200,613 15,741
Architecture 19,658 2,513 2,587 2,215 2,104 193,458 16,793
Genealogy 6,680 6,005 5,704 5,218 4,387 192,430 28,395
Backpacking 8,864 7,800 5,092 5,003 4,974 182,285 40,991
Railroading 2,850 3,680 6,922 5,809 6,378 182,171 21,201
Bugling 975 753 832 627 684 165,643 21,922
Electronics 2,988 3,103 6,219 5,596 5,680 162,721 24,786
Skating 5,059 7,770 3,841 3,564 2,920 153,926 17,854
Insect Study 1,721 2,067 1,611 1,808 1,536 142,981 15,855
Surveying 1,806 1,337 1,567 1,201 1,166 142,583 10,152
Law 5,067 4,725 5,666 5,652 5,545 137,441 24,790
Nuclear Science (Atomic Eng) 6,278 4,188 3,585 3,188 4,595 129,040 23,892
Radio 1,549 1,655 4,963 5,058 5,766 125,382 24,903
Golf 4,220 4,466 6,920 6,831 6,831 124,946 33,534
Textile 2,441 1,428 4,173 3,502 3,677 118,539 12,275
American Heritage 4,371 3,126 4,890 4,273 4,274 118,154 27,362
Truck Transportation 3,334 2,924 3,295 3,109 3,167 117,332 14,097
Collections 7,524 7,065 5,406 4,784 5,011 105,850 25,116
Traffic Safety 2,351 2,865 5,576 5,428 5,817 105,833 23,723
Dentistry 4,204 2,873 4,584 3,770 3,974 104,310 16,819
Automotive Maintenance 3,566 4,724 8,175 7,600 7,480 99,127 30,950
Journalism 1,080 805 1,428 1,272 1,113 98,369 13,638
Archaeology 35,292 1 3,766 4,946 5,522 96,236 21,153
Crime Prevention   1,440 6,702 6,645 6,158 84,156 26,987
Engineering 2,263 1,725 5,164 4,998 5,733 82,582 29,159
Disabilities Awareness 3,405 2,828 2,275 3,245 3,964 75,463 21,945
Pulp and Paper 1,776 2,328 2,878 2,914 3,492 72,763 15,041
Landscape Architecture 1,863 1,687 1,927 1,707 1,649 71,040 12,538
Theater 1,389 1,466 2,032 2,267 1,937 67,389 19,757
Whitewater 2,274 3,021 4,157 4,212 3,557 62,019 18,553
Cinematography 1,730 2,525 5,143 4,768 4,839 57,050 21,796
Energy 2,680 1,227 3,019 2,506 2,620 55,906 21,401
Veterinary Medicine 1,355 1,166 2,400 2,204 2,355 53,197 13,313
American Cultures 2,074 1,892 2,450 2,479 2,334 49,551 18,794
American Business 1,442 813 541 717 539 48,453 26,641
Medicine 2,495 2,079 3,396 3,493 3,644 43,093 19,557
Animal Science 2,288 2,180 3,151 3,195 2,608 34,690 19,726
Plant Science 3,571 978 900 753 928 29,475 11,345
Graphic Arts 1,429 1,205 2,024 2,038 2,373 28,888 18,438
American Labor 1,358 802 576 582 1,060 16,544 12,704
Entrepreneurship   1 1,605 1,161 1,332 9,779 15,785
Fly Fishing     1,040 701 685 7,458 17,969
Composite Materials             16,365
Unclassified 21,569 0 0 0 0 10,324,955  
Totals 1,969,110 2,002,775 1,949,049 1,930,058 1,877,853 115,093,311 3,910,685
Wiki Hits is the total number of pages hits on this wiki from April 2007 through December 2008.

Notes

The merit badges with the most page hits tend to be Eagle required. These also show the most merit badges earned. Scouts learn about requirements and print workbooks for merit badges they will earn.

While the Wiki page hits cannot be exactly correlated with merit badges earned, there are some trends. Overall, for every 2 page hits, there was one merit badge earned. Some merit badges have significant interest but with a low percentage completing the merit badges:

  • American Business – 27 pages hits for each merit badge earned. Least popular - only 539 American Business Merit Badges earned.
  • Bugling – 26 pages hits for each merit badge earned. Only 684 Bugling Merit Badges earned.
  • Prior to 1989, an average of nearly 2,000 Bugling merit badges were earned each year.
  • In 1989, a requirement was added to serve 3 months as the Troop Bugler. Unfortunately many troops don't have a Troop Bugler.
  • Fly Fishing – 20 pages hits for each merit badge earned. Only 685 Fly Fishing Merit Badges earned.
  • The number of Fly Fishing Merit Badges earned has continued to decline since it's inception in 2002
  • Fishing Merit Badge was earned by 26,769 Scouting making it 40 times more popular than Fly Fishing

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