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Welcome to... MERITBADGE.ORG"Helping Scouts Advance"
MeritBadge.Org provides resources for Tiger, Wolf, and Bear Cub Scouts, Webelos, Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers including:
MeritBadge.Org is the free Scouting Wikipedia dedicated to providing advancement resources for Scouts and leaders. Here's What's new!
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Order of the Arrow

Program-level awards:

Expert-level awards:

Sea Scouting

Varsity Resources

Boy Scout Resources
Boy Scout Uniform
Merit Badges (Worksheets)
Order of the Arrow

Selected article
Quiz Time! These articles give the surprising answers to common questions:
General: When are you in Uniform? Is the uniform ever required?
Cub Scouts: What is a Denner? Why is he so important?
Boy Scouts: When is a Scout Active? What is Scout Spirit?
Varsity Scouts: What is the Denali Award? Can Varsity Scouts earn merit badges?
Venturing: What is the TRUST Award? Can Venturers earn merit badges?
Merit Badges: Who signs a Blue Card? (Have you seen the online version?)
Belt Loops: Who can earn Belt Loops? Can you earn them more than once?

Selected image
William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt (1900–1992), left, and his mentor Lord Robert Baden-Powell (1857-1941); the two men with the largest impact on the founding and development of the Boy Scouts of America. This photo was taken outside of the Hillcourt cottage at Schiff Scout Reservation, Mendham, New Jersey, on July 15, 1935.

Finding your way around
With so much content, how do you find everything at MeritBadge.Org?
Scouting news
  • Nov 2015: New NYLT patch, Trained patch available to youth now as well as adults

November dates
November 9, 1992William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt, the father of American Scouting, dies in America.


Advancement opportunities

Advancement support

BSA Programs
Cub Scouting
Cub Scouts is a year-round family- and home-centered program for boys in the first through fifth grade (or who are 7 - 10 years old). The Tiger Cub program for first graders and their adult partners emphasizes shared leadership, community, and family. The Wolf and Bear Cub activities for second and third graders emphasize character development, citizenship, and personal fitness. Webelos Scouts (fourth and fifth graders) participate in more advanced activities to prepare for Boy Scouts. All Cub Scouts can earn Belt Loops and attend Day Camp. Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts can also attend Cub Scout Resident Camp.
Boy Scouting
Boy Scouts is a year-round program for boys 11 through 17 featuring outdoor programs and leadership. Boy Scouts can earn ranks, Merit Badges, and awards.
Varsity Scouting
Varsity Scouting is an active, exciting, year-round program for young men 14 through 17 built around five program fields of emphasis: advancement, high-adventure/sports, personal development, service, and special programs and events.
Venturing is a year-round program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years of age to provide positive experiences through exciting and meaningful youth-run activities that help them pursue their special interests, grow by teaching others, and develop leadership skills.
Sea Scouting
Sea Scouts is a specialized segment of the Venturing program, which was organized to address members' boating skills and promote knowledge of our maritime heritage. Swimming, lifesaving, first aid, Coast Guard Auxiliary Sailing and Seamanship, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation courses are taught with the ship by its officers.

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  • Site Map - A list of all the pages on this web site
  • FAQ - Frequently asked questions about this web site
  • Policies - Important information about you and this site

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Links to Programs and other sections

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