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Revision as of 16:40, November 4, 2008

The Boy Scouts of America occasionally releases data on merit badges earned. The data below is sorted by the number of merit badges most recently earned. Click on the ►◄ icons to sort by the different columns. Here is a more detailed version: Merit Badge Rankings.pdf.


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 87,460
Swimming 93,488 90,922 75,796 76,692 74,108 5,776,804 83,319
Environmental Science 66,064 69,349 67,852 74,583 72,279 2,194,532 115,502
Citizenship in the World 60,844 57,187 61,746 58,097 58,608 1,811,599 123,547
Camping 73,831 70,825 62,393 61,469 58,022 4,242,599 165,677
Citizenship in the Nation 62,307 62,466 58,715 54,993 54,368 2,770,809 123,971
Communications 52,533 54,288 54,633 53,558 54,214 1,648,244 137,400
Personal Fitness 46,576 11,927 54,348 55,088 53,030 2,107,226 164,139
Family Life 2,932 61,305 52,538 52,671 51,225 773,995 140,177
Leatherwork 66,585 64,575 56,128 54,654 50,852 2,104,721 24,110
Personal Management 7,955 45,973 51,197 51,334 49,861 1,439,063 151,361
Citizenship in the Community 61,185 61,271 52,666 47,001 48,498 3,068,990 150,065
Archery 3,470 37,020 46,902 47,297 46,550 1,286,606 40,979
Rifle Shooting 37,029 43,968 50,337 47,996 46,174 981,791 38,074
Wood Carving 48,234 48,002 49,168 46,407 45,659 1,977,764 30,302
Emergency Preparedness 44,142 46,502 46,346 47,362 44,987 1,493,208 112,166
Canoeing 54,697 53,862 42,414 42,604 41,685 2,754,919 38,615
Wilderness Survival 46,405 46,843 38,512 46,912 40,496 1,330,251 52,367
Fingerprinting 28,016 36,014 41,565 42,348 39,482 1,351,387 21,808
Indian Lore 30,949 30,495 28,581 30,800 29,624 1,006,056 28,743
Mammal Study 34,147 31,170 29,935 29,729 28,888 998,261 23,527
Basketry 48,773 53,365 32,165 30,454 28,256 2,279,180 24,474
Lifesaving 37,828 38,445 28,552 29,119 27,676 2,844,641 46,319
Art 14,363 22,988 33,031 32,856 27,112 1,106,190 35,054
Fishing 29,726 32,541 27,203 26,496 26,769 1,782,550 47,484
Cooking 46,328 44,073 25,033 24,151 24,025 4,074,054 59,215
Shotgun Shooting 19,713 15,188 23,562 23,062 22,986 344,035 25,326
Climbing   7 22,316 22,628 22,495 249,405 25,018
Pioneering 1,366 31,029 24,204 23,025 21,292 2,265,542 27,584
Space Exploration 10,838 13,902 23,155 21,256 19,943 401,454 26,969
Orienteering 3,879 26,192 21,395 20,267 19,803 685,065 30,048
Geology 11,067 14,491 18,693 20,073 19,525 489,419 22,542
Small Boat Sailing 16,261 17,813 17,224 17,961 17,852 524,722 17,794
Rowing 27,330 26,636 17,889 16,412 16,484 1,618,890 13,018
Aviation 15,488 14,365 17,641 18,624 16,483 467,275 31,946
Nature 17,055 17,327 15,292 15,662 16,441 1,545,332 25,467
Weather 12,108 14,520 17,223 16,158 16,001 459,169 26,310
Music 12,379 12,919 14,640 14,894 15,114 1,211,155 44,101
Fish and Wildlife Management 17,388 16,945 13,676 13,928 15,002 547,394 22,816
Forestry 14,986 16,301 15,123 15,223 14,864 1,041,526 21,895
Computers 12,744 14,489 14,647 14,215 13,702 417,582 46,119
Fire Safety 14,150 12,147 13,261 13,358 13,661 2,503,544 24,858
Soil and Water Conservation 17,164 16,129 14,426 13,862 13,630 1,023,560 18,104
Motorboating 13,228 13,566 13,724 13,552 13,324 501,386 17,289
Photography 36,389 4,167 9,302 10,448 12,447 383,533 31,944
Horsemanship 13,451 11,408 11,650 12,203 11,771 553,492 16,613
Sports 31,446 28,989 12,315 12,349 10,968 1,080,553 34,031
Metalwork 16,562 20,626 9,362 9,625 10,683 1,048,028 14,794
Snow Sports (was Skiing) 12,623 12,798 15,575 14987 10,671 381,472 19,061
Reptile and Amphibian Study 12,989 12,322 11,093 10,286 10,434 582,050 25,741
Astronomy 6,817 16,979 11,229 9,796 10,087 544,829 39,942
Electricity 8,028 7,876 11,953 10,433 10,034 728,783 21,938
Oceanography 26,018 6,256 9,472 9,745 9,357 215,147 17,151
Sculpture 5,440 5,042 8,760 9,450 9,091 224,275 9,706
Pottery 4,363 11,358 9,218 9,272 8,574 316,172 12,246
Hiking 10,309 8,306 8,275 7,901 7,781 1,275,737 55,844
Auto Mechanics 3,566 4,724 8,175 7,600 7,480 99,127 20,996
Golf 4,220 4,466 6,920 6,831 6,831 124,946 25,706
Cycling 5,703 4,975 7,217 7,242 6,754 526,565 52,125
Scholarship 8,049 7,866 6,496 6,719 6,607 1,231,674 28,820
Railroading 2,850 3,680 6,922 5,809 6,378 182,171 14,930
Pets 4,715 7,228 6,919 6,350 6,287 616,714 29,155
Reading 7,848 7,440 7,155 6,561 6,178 1,441,821 39,093
Crime Prevention   1,440 6,702 6,645 6,158 84,156 19,082
Athletics 3,594 5,485 4,260 4,308 5,959 1,040,227 27,239
Chemistry 2,935 3,661 5,592 6,063 5,944 286,512 18,480
Public Speaking 2,405 2,318 4,640 5,239 5,827 595,080 16,499
Traffic Safety 2,351 2,865 5,576 5,428 5,817 105,833 16,857
Radio 1,549 1,655 4,963 5,058 5,766 125,382 17,113
Engineering 2,263 1,725 5,164 4,998 5,733 82,582 19,953
Electronics 2,988 3,103 6,219 5,596 5,680 162,721 18,112
Law 5,067 4,725 5,666 5,652 5,545 137,441 16,604
Archaeology 35,292 1 3,766 4,946 5,522 96,236 16,121
Plumbing 7,115 3,769 5,949 5,914 5,366 350,314 10,832
Bird Study 1,521 1,481 5,357 5,260 5,327 537,689 19,154
Salesmanship 5,654 4,515 4,880 4,978 5,254 281,544 13,374
Collections 7,524 7,065 5,406 4,784 5,011 105,850 18,009
Backpacking 8,864 7,800 5,092 5,003 4,974 182,285 30,903
Coin Collecting 4,209 3,599 5,011 5,134 4,909 453,376 25,775
Cinematography 1,730 2,525 5,143 4,768 4,839 57,050 15,865
Painting 14,022 3,866 4,212 4,502 4,796 529,147 12,833
Woodwork 5,733 4,315 4,846 4,990 4,621 935,073 21,862
Nuclear Science (Atomic E) 6,278 4,188 3,585 3,188 4,595 129,040 16,758
Genealogy 6,680 6,005 5,704 5,218 4,387 192,430 20,458
Home Repairs 10,788 8,432 4,536 4,659 4,292 2,384,715 20,136
American Heritage 4,371 3,126 4,890 4,273 4,274 118,154 19,954
Dentistry 4,204 2,873 4,584 3,770 3,974 104,310 11,976
Disabilities Awareness 3,405 2,828 2,275 3,245 3,964 75,463 15,866
Textile 2,441 1,428 4,173 3,502 3,677 118,539 8,760
Medicine 2,495 2,079 3,396 3,493 3,644 43,093 13,973
Safety 64,097 56,311 4,040 4,123 3,605 2,906,882 16,369
Whitewater 2,274 3,021 4,157 4,212 3,557 62,019 14,338
Water Sports 5,053 4,801 3,560 3,701 3,556 218,672 16,118
Pulp and Paper 1,776 2,328 2,878 2,914 3,492 72,763 11,133
Truck Transportation 3,334 2,924 3,295 3,109 3,167 117,332 10,098
Dog Care 3,695 3,674 3,157 3,124 2,948 408,403 31,694
Skating 5,059 7,770 3,841 3,564 2,920 153,926 12,719
Energy 2,680 1,227 3,019 2,506 2,620 55,906 15,431
Animal Science 2,288 2,180 3,151 3,195 2,608 34,690 14,774
Graphic Arts 1,429 1,205 2,024 2,038 2,373 28,888 13,346
Veterinary Medicine 1,355 1,166 2,400 2,204 2,355 53,197 9,631
American Cultures 2,074 1,892 2,450 2,479 2,334 49,551 13,514
Model Design and Building 1,904 1,665 2,699 2,365 2,282 200,613 11,261
Architecture 19,658 2,513 2,587 2,215 2,104 193,458 11,846
Farm Mechanics 2,051 1,986 1,948 2,122 1,951 203,825 8,003
Theater 1,389 1,466 2,032 2,267 1,937 67,389 14,679
Gardening 2,523 2,237 1,904 1,813 1,715 372,464 17,147
Landscape Architecture 1,863 1,687 1,927 1,707 1,649 71,040 9,135
Insect Study 1,721 2,067 1,611 1,808 1,536 142,981 11,775
Drafting 2,423 1,655 1,659 1,499 1,501 214,872 11,376
Public Health   1,956 2,028 1,123 1,487 1,504,707 9,018
Entrepreneurship   1 1,605 1,161 1,332 9,779 11,161
Surveying 1,806 1,337 1,567 1,201 1,166 142,583 7,001
Journalism 1,080 805 1,428 1,272 1,113 98,369 9,942
American Labor 1,358 802 576 582 1,060 16,544 8,917
Stamp Collecting 1,720 1,270 1,451 1,112 1,057 381,769 8,065
Plant Science 3,571 978 900 753 928 29,475 8,022
Fly Fishing     1,040 701 685 7,458 13,785
Bugling 975 753 832 627 684 165,643 16,116
American Business 1,442 813 541 717 539 48,453 18,828
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 are the total number of page hits on this Wikipedia site from April 2007 through July 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 American Business 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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