Merit Badge Pamphlet Libraries

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Merit Badge Pamphlets are the quick answer keys for every merit badge!

Merit badge pamphlets are one of the easiest and most efficient ways of getting help on merit badges. In fact, the Boy Scout Requirements state:

Camping Merit Badge Pamphlet
Camping Merit Badge Pamphlet
You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject.
Boy Scout Requirements § Introduction to Merit Badges

Since 2008, Merit Badge pamphlets (books) are in full color. The pages are glossy to better stand up to use outdoors. Color charts, graphs, diagrams, tables, and pictures are on almost every pages. Answers can be quickly found to almost every question.

Merit Badge books are short and to the point. Experts from across the US donate their time to edit and update each one. Some contributors are very famous such as Eagle Scout Stephen Spielberg who worked on Cinematography (now Moviemaking).

About 20% of merit badge requirements are revised each year, so many of the merit badge books in your troop library might be out of date. The books at your local library are probably equally out-of-date. In some cases, health or safety standards have changed making the information in the out-of-date books even dangerous. For instance, recent CPR changes have affected requirements in many merit badges.

Building a troop library

To quickly build a troop library of up to date Merit Badge Pamphlets:

  1. Your Troop Committee can vote to charge the Scout's Individual Youth Account $3 when a book is checked out of the library and credit the Scout's Individual Youth Account $2 when a current book is returned in like-new condition.
  2. Make a list of the Merit Badge Pamphlets you would like to have in your library (Eagle Required, most popular, etc.) and the number of each title needed.
  3. Take an inventory of what you have.
  4. Announce the list of Merit Badge Pamphlet titles that you need (current edition, full-color) offering a $2 credit to the Scout's Individual Youth Account for current like-new books. The current revision dates are on the Merit Badge Worksheets page.

The troop charges $3 as each book is checked out and credits $2 when the book is returned as a current book in like-new condition, making a net $1 for the troop. The troop uses these dollars to add to the library as needed or replace books when they have been revised. The Librarian is responsible for maintaining your merit badge library.

If you are seriously overstocked with old merit badge books and other advancement materials, read MeritBadgeDotOrg:Site support for information on how to put them to further use.

See Also


Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information
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