video links, Leave No Trace, Outdoor Code, Wilderness Use, and references to Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
Backpacking is a rare Merit Badge! -
| This article is about the Boy Scout Backpacking Merit Badge.|
Venturers may complete the Backpacking elective for the Ranger Award
|The Backpacking requirements were revised effective January 1, 2008.|
|Backpacking requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #11b.|
|Backpacking merit badge|
|BSA Advancement ID:||026|
|Latest pamphlet revision:||2008|
| A FREE workbook for Backpacking is available here! |
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
|meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of|
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
- Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
- "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.
- The Backpacking Merit Badge requirements were updated in 2008.
- The BSA Backpacking Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Backpacking as one of your monthly themes.
- Your handbook is your primary reference. See First Aid Skills for step-by-step instructions and lesson video links.
- See also: First Aid Merit Badge Pamphlet - First Aid Kit - Emergency Kit - Guide to Safe Scouting - Physcial
2-5 Camping Basics
- Your handbook is your primary reference. See Outdoor Skills for step-by-step instructions and lesson video links.
- See also: Camping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Hiking Skills - Hydration - Outdoor Gear - Tents - Water Purification - Weather Skills
- PCTHiker.com: Scott's Pepsi-G Stove — Wow! Information on building your own hi-efficiency stove out of pepsi cans.
- Outdoor Skills Awards
- Boy Scout ranks: Tenderfoot - Second Class - First Class
- Boy Scout awards: Firem'n Chit - Totin' Chip - Paul Bunyan Woodsman
- Boy Scout Merit Badges: Astronomy - Backpacking - Camping - Canoeing - Climbing - Cooking - Cycling - Fire Safety - Hiking - Orienteering - Pioneering - Rowing - Weather - Water Sports - Whitewater - Wilderness Survival
- Venturing: Outdoor Bronze Award; Ranger Award electives: Backpacking
- Webelos Activity Badges: Forester - Naturalist - Outdoorsman
- Cub Scout Belt Loops & Pins: Astronomy - Map and Compass - Weather
General Merit Badge information
- An Introduction to Merit Badges – how to get started, who chooses the counselor, etc.
- Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements – with the revision dates, diagrams, charts, checklists, logs, and links you need.
- Merit Badge Application – offers online resources to let you print "Blue Cards," etc.
- Merit Badge FAQ – answers dozens of questions like: Who can be a counselor? Can requirements be added or removed?
- Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval – Certain requirements need prior approval. Most do not. Here is the list.
- Also see: Most Popular Merit Badges – Merit Badge Policies – Eagle-Required Merit Badges – Merit Badge Days
- Additionally: List of Merit Badges by Field of Study – Merit Badge Pamphlets & Libraries
- Merit Badge Counselors must complete Youth Protection Training, file an Adult Application (and Merit Badge Counselor Information Form); and be approved by the local council. (See the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors for additional details.)
- How to Pack your Backpack
- Backpacking Gear Reviews
- Backpacking Lightweight
- Backpacker Magazine
- Chuck's Backpacking Bonanza
- Onestep's Ultralight Backpacking Resource
- Ultralightweight Backpacking — How To Do It
- Backpacking and Hiking TrailHead
- Peak to Peak Trail and Wilderness Links
- From REI
- Backcountry Health Topics
- Health Risks: Sun, Bugs, Plants
- Backpacking for Beginners
- Backpacking First Aid
- Backpacking Kitchen Supplies
- Backpacking: Repair Kit
- Tents: Backpacking
- Backpacking: Ultralight
- Backpacks: Adjust the Fit
- Backpacking: Find Torso/Hip Size
- Before You Leave Home
- Bivy Sacks
- Breaking in New Hiking Boots
- Campfire Basics
- Camping Contentment
- Campsite Selection
- Hiking Boot Care
- Sleeping Bags
- Tent Care
- Water Bottles
- Compasses: A Note About Declination
- Conditioning for Backpacking
- Energy Foods
- First-Aid Kits
- Food Handling/Storage
- Food Organizing Tips
- Geocaching: One Man's Story
- GPS Glossary
- GPS Initialization Process
- GPS Receivers
- GPS: How to Use
- Hiking Boots
- Backpacks: How to Hoist
- Hydration Pack
- Hygiene and Sanitation in the Backcountry
- Insect Repellent
- If You Become Lost
- Minimum-Impact Travel
- Navigation Basics: Map and Compass
- Backpacks: How to Pack
- Personal Locator Beacons
- Menu Planning
- Water Repellency
- Sleeping Pads
- Setting up Camp
- Sleeping Bags
- Sleeping Bags for Backpacking
- Staying on Course
- Sun-Protection Clothing
- Temperature Extremes
- The Ten Essentials
- Trailhead Security
- Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs
- Water: What Are the Risks?
- Water Treatment: Backcountry
- Weather Basics