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The Boy Scouts of America will occasionally release statistical data on merit badges earned. Click on the <small>►◄</small> icons to sort by the different columns.
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<center><big>Merit Badge resources include the [[Guide for Merit Badge Counselors]], [[Merit_Badges#Introduction|Introduction]], & [[Merit Badge FAQ|FAQ]].<br>The [[Merit Badge Worksheets|Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements]] include the maps, checklists and other materials you need.<br>Other resources include the online [[Merit Badge Application]] and [[Merit Badges Earned|Most Popular Merit Badges]]<br>[[Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval|Certain requirements need prior approval]] but most do not.<br><br></big></center>
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<center>[[Boy Scouts of America]] data below is sorted by the number of merit badges most recently earned.<br> Click on the <small>►◄</small> icons to sort by name, page hits, etc. Here is a more detailed version: [[Media:Merit Badge Rankings.pdf|Merit Badge Rankings]] {{PDF}}.</center><br />
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| width="128" | MERIT BADGE
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{| class="wikitable sortable" border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="3" align="center"
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| width="48" | 1993
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|- style="font-weight:bold" align="center"
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| width="48" | 1996
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| | MERIT BADGE
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| width="48" | 2005
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| align="center" | 1993
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| width="48" | 2006
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| align="center" | 1996
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| width="57" | Total
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| align="center" | 2005
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| align="center" | 2006
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| align="center" | 2007
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| align="center" | Total
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| align="center" | Wiki Hits
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|-
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|-
-
| | American Business
+
| | [[First Aid]]
-
| | 1,442
+
| | 94,528
-
| | 813
+
| | 97,565
-
| | 541
+
| | 87,300
-
| | 717
+
| | 84,792
-
| | 47,914
+
| | 82,274
 +
| | 6,361,479
 +
| | 112,708
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|-
+
|-
-
| | American Cultures
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| | [[Swimming]]
-
| | 2,074
+
| | 93,488
-
| | 1,892
+
| | 90,922
-
| | 2,450
+
| | 75,796
-
| | 2,479
+
| | 76,692
-
| | 47,217
+
| | 74,108
 +
| | 5,776,804
 +
| | 101,371
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|-
+
|-
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| | American Heritage
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| | [[Camping]]
-
| | 4,371
+
| | 73,831
-
| | 3,126
+
| | 70,825
-
| | 4,890
+
| | 62,393
-
| | 4,273
+
| | 61,469
-
| | 113,880
+
| | 58,022
 +
| | 4,242,599
 +
| | 210,273
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|-
+
|-
-
| | American Labor
+
| | [[Cooking]]
-
| | 1,358
+
| | 46,328
-
| | 802
+
| | 44,073
-
| | 576
+
| | 25,033
-
| | 582
+
| | 24,151
-
| | 15,484
+
| | 24,025
 +
| | 4,074,054
 +
| | 74,653
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Animal Science
+
| | [[Citizenship in the Community]]
-
| | 2,288
+
| | 61,185
-
| | 2,180
+
| | 61,271
-
| | 3,151
+
| | 52,666
-
| | 3,195
+
| | 47,001
-
| | 32,082
+
| | 48,498
 +
| | 3,068,990
 +
| | 205,926
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Archaeology
+
| | [[Safety]]
-
| | 35,292
+
| | 64,097
-
| | 1
+
| | 56,311
-
| | 3,766
+
| | 4,040
-
| | 4,946
+
| | 4,123
-
| | 90,714
+
| | 3,605
 +
| | 2,906,882
 +
| | 23,098
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Archery
+
| | [[Lifesaving]]
-
| | 3,470
+
| | 37,828
-
| | 37,020
+
| | 38,445
-
| | 46,902
+
| | 28,552
-
| | 47,297
+
| | 29,119
-
| | 1,240,056
+
| | 27,676
 +
| | 2,844,641
 +
| | 56,373
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Architecture
+
| | [[Citizenship in the Nation]]
-
| | 19,658
+
| | 62,307
-
| | 2,513
+
| | 62,466
-
| | 2,587
+
| | 58,715
-
| | 2,215
+
| | 54,993
-
| | 191,354
+
| | 54,368
 +
| | 2,770,809
 +
| | 168,032
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Art
+
| | [[Canoeing]]
-
| | 14,363
+
| | 54,697
-
| | 22,988
+
| | 53,862
-
| | 33,031
+
| | 42,414
-
| | 32,856
+
| | 42,604
-
| | 1,079,078
+
| | 41,685
 +
| | 2,754,919
 +
| | 46,915
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Astronomy
+
| | [[Fire Safety]]
-
| | 6,817
+
| | 14,150
-
| | 16,979
+
| | 12,147
-
| | 11,229
+
| | 13,261
-
| | 9,796
+
| | 13,358
-
| | 534,742
+
| | 13,661
 +
| | 2,503,544
 +
| | 34,645
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Athletics
+
| | [[Home Repairs]]
-
| | 3,594
+
| | 10,788
-
| | 5,485
+
| | 8,432
-
| | 4,260
+
| | 4,536
-
| | 4,308
+
| | 4,659
-
| | 1,034,268
+
| | 4,292
 +
| | 2,384,715
 +
| | 27,811
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Auto Mechanics
+
| | [[Basketry]]
-
| | 3,566
+
-
| | 4,724
+
-
| | 8,175
+
-
| | 7,600
+
-
| | 91,647
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Aviation
+
-
| | 15,488
+
-
| | 14,365
+
-
| | 17,641
+
-
| | 18,624
+
-
| | 450,792
+
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+
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|-
+
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| | Backpacking
+
-
| | 8,864
+
-
| | 7,800
+
-
| | 5,092
+
-
| | 5,003
+
-
| | 177,311
+
-
 
+
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|-
+
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| | Basketry
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| | 48,773
| | 48,773
| | 53,365
| | 53,365
| | 32,165
| | 32,165
| | 30,454
| | 30,454
-
| | 2,250,924
+
| | 28,256
 +
| | 2,279,180
 +
| | 29,997
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Bird Study
+
| | [[Pioneering]]
-
| | 1,521
+
| | 1,366
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| | 1,481
+
| | 31,029
-
| | 5,357
+
| | 24,204
-
| | 5,260
+
| | 23,025
-
| | 532,362
+
| | 21,292
 +
| | 2,265,542
 +
| | 35,177
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Bugling
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| | [[Environmental Science]]
-
| | 975
+
| | 66,064
-
| | 753
+
| | 69,349
-
| | 832
+
| | 67,852
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| | 627
+
| | 74,583
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| | 164,959
+
| | 72,279
 +
| | 2,194,532
 +
| | 139,746
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|-
+
|-
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| | Camping
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| | [[Personal Fitness]]
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| | 73,831
+
| | 46,576
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| | 70,825
+
| | 11,927
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| | 62,393
+
| | 54,348
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| | 61,469
+
| | 55,088
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| | 4,184,577
+
| | 53,030
 +
| | 2,107,226
 +
| | 222,836
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|-
+
|-
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| | Canoeing
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| | [[Leatherwork]]
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| | 54,697
+
| | 66,585
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| | 53,862
+
| | 64,575
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| | 42,414
+
| | 56,128
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| | 42,604
+
| | 54,654
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| | 2,713,234
+
| | 50,852
 +
| | 2,104,721
 +
| | 29,124
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Chemistry
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| | [[Wood Carving]]
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| | 2,935
+
| | 48,234
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| | 3,661
+
| | 48,002
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| | 5,592
+
| | 49,168
-
| | 6,063
+
| | 46,407
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| | 280,568
+
| | 45,659
 +
| | 1,977,764
 +
| | 37,423
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Cinematography
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| | [[Citizenship in the World]]
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| | 1,730
+
-
| | 2,525
+
-
| | 5,143
+
-
| | 4,768
+
-
| | 52,211
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
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| | Citizenship in the Community
+
-
| | 61,185
+
-
| | 61,271
+
-
| | 52,666
+
-
| | 47,001
+
-
| | 3,020,492
+
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+
-
|-
+
-
| | Citizenship in the Nation
+
-
| | 62,307
+
-
| | 62,466
+
-
| | 58,715
+
-
| | 54,993
+
-
| | 2,716,441
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
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| | Citizenship in the World
+
| | 60,844
| | 60,844
| | 57,187
| | 57,187
| | 61,746
| | 61,746
| | 58,097
| | 58,097
-
| | 1,752,991
+
| | 58,608
 +
| | 1,811,599
 +
| | 168,461
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|-
+
|-
-
| | Climbing
+
| | [[Fishing]]
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| | &nbsp;
+
| | 29,726
-
| | &nbsp;
+
| | 32,541
-
| | 22,316
+
| | 27,203
-
| | 22,628
+
| | 26,496
-
| | 226,910
+
| | 26,769
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+
| | 1,782,550
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|-
+
| | 58,028
-
| | Coin Collecting
+
-
| | 4,209
+
-
| | 3,599
+
-
| | 5,011
+
-
| | 5,134
+
-
| | 448,467
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Collections
+
-
| | 7,524
+
-
| | 7,065
+
-
| | 5,406
+
-
| | 4,784
+
-
| | 100,839
+
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Communications
+
| | [[Communications]]
| | 52,533
| | 52,533
| | 54,288
| | 54,288
| | 54,633
| | 54,633
| | 53,558
| | 53,558
-
| | 1,594,030
+
| | 54,214
 +
| | 1,648,244
 +
| | 180,660
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Computers
+
| | [[Rowing]]
-
| | 12,744
+
| | 27,330
-
| | 14,489
+
| | 26,636
-
| | 14,647
+
| | 17,889
-
| | 14,215
+
| | 16,412
-
| | 403,880
+
| | 16,484
 +
| | 1,618,890
 +
| | 15,858
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Cooking
+
| | [[Nature]]
-
| | 46,328
+
| | 17,055
-
| | 44,073
+
| | 17,327
-
| | 25,033
+
| | 15,292
-
| | 24,151
+
| | 15,662
-
| | 4,050,029
+
| | 16,441
 +
| | 1,545,332
 +
| | 31,620
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Crime Prevention
+
| | [[Public Health]]
-
| | &nbsp;
+
| | &nbsp
-
| | 1,440
+
| | 1,956
-
| | 6,702
+
| | 2,028
-
| | 6,645
+
| | 1,123
-
| | 77,998
+
| | 1,487
 +
| | 1,504,707
 +
| | 12,586
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Cycling
+
| | [[Emergency Preparedness]]
-
| | 5,703
+
-
| | 4,975
+
-
| | 7,217
+
-
| | 7,242
+
-
| | 519,811
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Dentistry
+
-
| | 4,204
+
-
| | 2,873
+
-
| | 4,584
+
-
| | 3,770
+
-
| | 100,336
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Disabilities Awareness
+
-
| | 3,405
+
-
| | 2,828
+
-
| | 2,275
+
-
| | 3,245
+
-
| | 71,499
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Dog Care
+
-
| | 3,695
+
-
| | 3,674
+
-
| | 3,157
+
-
| | 3,124
+
-
| | 405,455
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Drafting
+
-
| | 2,423
+
-
| | 1,655
+
-
| | 1,659
+
-
| | 1,499
+
-
| | 213,371
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Electricity
+
-
| | 8,028
+
-
| | 7,876
+
-
| | 11,953
+
-
| | 10,433
+
-
| | 718,749
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Electronics
+
-
| | 2,988
+
-
| | 3,103
+
-
| | 6,219
+
-
| | 5,596
+
-
| | 157,041
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Emergency Preparedness
+
| | 44,142
| | 44,142
| | 46,502
| | 46,502
| | 46,346
| | 46,346
| | 47,362
| | 47,362
-
| | 1,448,221
+
| | 44,987
 +
| | 1,493,208
 +
| | 144,740
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Energy
+
| | [[Reading]]
-
| | 2,680
+
| | 7,848
-
| | 1,227
+
| | 7,440
-
| | 3,019
+
| | 7,155
-
| | 2,506
+
| | 6,561
-
| | 53,286
+
| | 6,178
 +
| | 1,441,821
 +
| | 51,473
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Engineering
+
| | [[Personal Management]]
-
| | 2,263
+
| | 7,955
-
| | 1,725
+
| | 45,973
-
| | 5,164
+
| | 51,197
-
| | 4,998
+
| | 51,334
-
| | 76,849
+
| | 49,861
-
 
+
| | 1,439,063
-
|-
+
| | 206,490
-
| | Entrepreneurship
+
-
| | &nbsp;
+
-
| | &nbsp;
+
-
| | 1,605
+
-
| | 1,161
+
-
| | 8,447
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Environmental Science
+
-
| | 66,064
+
-
| | 69,349
+
-
| | 67,852
+
-
| | 74,583
+
-
| | 2,122,253
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Family Life
+
-
| | 2,932
+
-
| | 61,305
+
-
| | 52,538
+
-
| | 52,671
+
-
| | 722,770
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Farm Mechanics
+
-
| | 2,051
+
-
| | 1,986
+
-
| | 1,948
+
-
| | 2,122
+
-
| | 201,874
+
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Fingerprinting
+
| | [[Fingerprinting]]
| | 28,016
| | 28,016
| | 36,014
| | 36,014
| | 41,565
| | 41,565
| | 42,348
| | 42,348
-
| | 1,311,905
+
| | 39,482
 +
| | 1,351,387
 +
| | 31,782
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Fire Safety
+
| | [[Wilderness Survival]]
-
| | 14,150
+
| | 46,405
-
| | 12,147
+
| | 46,843
-
| | 13,261
+
| | 38,512
-
| | 13,358
+
| | 46,912
-
| | 2,489,883
+
| | 40,496
 +
| | 1,330,251
 +
| | 64,622
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | First Aid
+
| | [[Archery]]
-
| | 94,528
+
| | 3,470
-
| | 97,565
+
| | 37,020
-
| | 87,300
+
| | 46,902
-
| | 84,792
+
| | 47,297
-
| | 6,279,205
+
| | 46,550
 +
| | 1,286,606
 +
| | 49,770
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Fish and Wildlife Management
+
| | [[Hiking]]
-
| | 17,388
+
| | 10,309
-
| | 16,945
+
| | 8,306
-
| | 13,676
+
| | 8,275
-
| | 13,928
+
| | 7,901
-
| | 532,392
+
| | 7,781
 +
| | 1,275,737
 +
| | 72,674
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Fishing
+
| | [[Scholarship]]
-
| | 29,726
+
| | 8,049
-
| | 32,541
+
| | 7,866
-
| | 27,203
+
| | 6,496
-
| | 26,496
+
| | 6,719
-
| | 1,755,781
+
| | 6,607
 +
| | 1,231,674
 +
| | 38,059
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Fly Fishing
+
| | [[Music]]
-
| | &nbsp;
+
| | 12,379
-
| | &nbsp;
+
| | 12,919
-
| | 1,040
+
| | 14,640
-
| | 701
+
| | 14,894
-
| | 6,773
+
| | 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
+
| | [[Forestry]]
| | 14,986
| | 14,986
| | 16,301
| | 16,301
| | 15,123
| | 15,123
| | 15,223
| | 15,223
-
| | 1,026,662
+
| | 14,864
 +
| | 1,041,526
 +
| | 27,061
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Gardening
+
| | [[Athletics]]
-
| | 2,523
+
| | 3,594
-
| | 2,237
+
| | 5,485
-
| | 1,904
+
| | 4,260
-
| | 1,813
+
| | 4,308
-
| | 370,749
+
| | 5,959
 +
| | 1,040,227
 +
| | 35,706
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Genealogy
+
| | [[Soil and Water Conservation]]
-
| | 6,680
+
| | 17,164
-
| | 6,005
+
| | 16,129
-
| | 5,704
+
| | 14,426
-
| | 5,218
+
| | 13,862
-
| | 188,043
+
| | 13,630
 +
| | 1,023,560
 +
| | 23,581
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Geology
+
| | [[Indian Lore]]
-
| | 11,067
+
| | 30,949
-
| | 14,491
+
| | 30,495
-
| | 18,693
+
| | 28,581
-
| | 20,073
+
| | 30,800
-
| | 469,894
+
| | 29,624
 +
| | 1,006,056
 +
| | 35,923
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Golf
+
| | [[Mammal Study]]
-
| | 4,220
+
| | 34,147
-
| | 4,466
+
| | 31,170
-
| | 6,920
+
| | 29,935
-
| | 6,831
+
| | 29,729
-
| | 118,115
+
| | 28,888
 +
| | 998,261
 +
| | 28,731
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Graphic Arts
+
| | [[Rifle Shooting]]
-
| | 1,429
+
| | 37,029
-
| | 1,205
+
| | 43,968
-
| | 2,024
+
| | 50,337
-
| | 2,038
+
| | 47,996
-
| | 26,515
+
| | 46,174
 +
| | 981,791
 +
| | 48,598
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Hiking
+
| | [[Woodwork]]
-
| | 10,309
+
| | 5,733
-
| | 8,306
+
| | 4,315
-
| | 8,275
+
| | 4,846
-
| | 7,901
+
| | 4,990
-
| | 1,267,956
+
| | 4,621
 +
| | 935,073
 +
| | 29,935
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Home Repairs
+
| | [[Family Life]]
-
| | 10,788
+
| | 2,932
-
| | 8,432
+
| | 61,305
-
| | 4,536
+
| | 52,538
-
| | 4,659
+
| | 52,671
-
| | 2,380,423
+
| | 51,225
 +
| | 773,995
 +
| | 188,989
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Horsemanship
+
| | [[Electricity]]
-
| | 13,451
+
| | 8,028
-
| | 11,408
+
| | 7,876
-
| | 11,650
+
| | 11,953
-
| | 12,203
+
| | 10,433
-
| | 541,721
+
| | 10,034
 +
| | 728,783
 +
| | 30,521
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Indian Lore
+
| | [[Orienteering]]
-
| | 30,949
+
| | 3,879
-
| | 30,495
+
| | 26,192
-
| | 28,581
+
| | 21,395
-
| | 30,800
+
| | 20,267
-
| | 976,432
+
| | 19,803
 +
| | 685,065
 +
| | 38,911
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Insect Study
+
| | [[Pets]]
-
| | 1,721
+
| | 4,715
-
| | 2,067
+
| | 7,228
-
| | 1,611
+
| | 6,919
-
| | 1,808
+
| | 6,350
-
| | 141,445
+
| | 6,287
 +
| | 616,714
 +
| | 39,992
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Journalism
+
| | [[Public Speaking]]
-
| | 1,080
+
| | 2,405
-
| | 805
+
| | 2,318
-
| | 1,428
+
| | 4,640
-
| | 1,272
+
| | 5,239
-
| | 97,256
+
| | 5,827
 +
| | 595,080
 +
| | 22,735
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Landscape Architecture
+
| | [[Reptile and Amphibian Study]]
-
| | 1,863
+
| | 12,989
-
| | 1,687
+
| | 12,322
-
| | 1,927
+
| | 11,093
-
| | 1,707
+
| | 10,286
-
| | 69,391
+
| | 10,434
 +
| | 582,050
 +
| | 31,692
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Law
+
| | [[Horsemanship]]
-
| | 5,067
+
| | 13,451
-
| | 4,725
+
| | 11,408
-
| | 5,666
+
| | 11,650
-
| | 5,652
+
| | 12,203
-
| | 131,896
+
| | 11,771
 +
| | 553,492
 +
| | 21,793
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Leatherwork
+
| | [[Fish and Wildlife Management]]
-
| | 66,585
+
| | 17,388
-
| | 64,575
+
| | 16,945
-
| | 56,128
+
| | 13,676
-
| | 54,654
+
| | 13,928
-
| | 2,053,869
+
| | 15,002
 +
| | 547,394
 +
| | 28,307
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Lifesaving
+
| | [[Astronomy]]
-
| | 37,828
+
| | 6,817
-
| | 38,445
+
| | 16,979
-
| | 28,552
+
| | 11,229
-
| | 29,119
+
| | 9,796
-
| | 2,816,965
+
| | 10,087
 +
| | 544,829
 +
| | 50,669
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Mammal Study
+
| | [[Bird Study]]
-
| | 34,147
+
| | 1,521
-
| | 31,170
+
| | 1,481
-
| | 29,935
+
| | 5,357
-
| | 29,729
+
| | 5,260
-
| | 969,373
+
| | 5,327
 +
| | 537,689
 +
| | 24,557
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Medicine
+
| | [[Painting]]
-
| | 2,495
+
| | 14,022
-
| | 2,079
+
| | 3,866
-
| | 3,396
+
| | 4,212
-
| | 3,493
+
| | 4,502
-
| | 39,449
+
| | 4,796
 +
| | 529,147
 +
| | 17,439
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Metalwork
+
| | [[Cycling]]
-
| | 16,562
+
| | 5,703
-
| | 20,626
+
| | 4,975
-
| | 9,362
+
| | 7,217
-
| | 9,625
+
| | 7,242
-
| | 1,037,345
+
| | 6,754
 +
| | 526,565
 +
| | 67,848
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Model Design and Building
+
| | [[Small Boat Sailing]]
-
| | 1,904
+
| | 16,261
-
| | 1,665
+
| | 17,813
-
| | 2,699
+
| | 17,224
-
| | 2,365
+
| | 17,961
-
| | 198,331
+
| | 17,852
 +
| | 524,722
 +
| | 21,690
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Motorboating
+
| | [[Motorboating]]
| | 13,228
| | 13,228
| | 13,566
| | 13,566
| | 13,724
| | 13,724
| | 13,552
| | 13,552
-
| | 488,062
+
| | 13,324
 +
| | 501,386
 +
| | 22,427
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Music
+
| | [[Geology]]
-
| | 12,379
+
| | 11,067
-
| | 12,919
+
| | 14,491
-
| | 14,640
+
| | 18,693
-
| | 14,894
+
| | 20,073
-
| | 1,196,041
+
| | 19,525
 +
| | 489,419
 +
| | 28,575
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Nature
+
| | [[Aviation]]
-
| | 17,055
+
| | 15,488
-
| | 17,327
+
| | 14,365
-
| | 15,292
+
| | 17,641
-
| | 15,662
+
| | 18,624
-
| | 1,528,891
+
| | 16,483
 +
| | 467,275
 +
| | 43,882
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Nuclear Science
+
| | [[Weather]]
-
| | 6,278
+
| | 12,108
-
| | 4,188
+
| | 14,520
-
| | 3,585
+
| | 17,223
-
| | 3,188
+
| | 16,158
-
| | 124,445
+
| | 16,001
 +
| | 459,169
 +
| | 33,756
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Oceanography
+
| | [[Coin Collecting]]
-
| | 26,018
+
| | 4,209
-
| | 6,256
+
| | 3,599
-
| | 9,472
+
| | 5,011
-
| | 9,745
+
| | 5,134
-
| | 205,790
+
| | 4,909
 +
| | 453,376
 +
| | 36,375
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Orienteering
+
| | [[Computers]]
-
| | 3,879
+
| | 12,744
-
| | 26,192
+
| | 14,489
-
| | 21,395
+
| | 14,647
-
| | 20,267
+
| | 14,215
-
| | 665,262
+
| | 13,702
 +
| | 417,582
 +
| | 62,375
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Painting
+
| | [[Dog Care]]
-
| | 14,022
+
| | 3,695
-
| | 3,866
+
| | 3,674
-
| | 4,212
+
| | 3,157
-
| | 4,502
+
| | 3,124
-
| | 524,351
+
| | 2,948
 +
| | 408,403
 +
| | 41,805
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Personal Fitness
+
| | [[Space Exploration]]
-
| | 46,576
+
| | 10,838
-
| | 11,927
+
| | 13,902
-
| | 54,348
+
| | 23,155
-
| | 55,088
+
| | 21,256
-
| | 2,054,196
+
| | 19,943
-
 
+
| | 401,454
-
|-
+
| | 34,590
-
| | Personal Management
+
-
| | 7,955
+
-
| | 45,973
+
-
| | 51,197
+
-
| | 51,334
+
-
| | 1,389,202
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Pets
+
-
| | 4,715
+
-
| | 7,228
+
-
| | 6,919
+
-
| | 6,350
+
-
| | 610,427
+
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Photography
+
| | [[Photography]]
| | 36,389
| | 36,389
| | 4,167
| | 4,167
| | 9,302
| | 9,302
| | 10,448
| | 10,448
-
| | 371,086
+
| | 12,447
 +
| | 383,533
 +
| | 43,503
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Pioneering
+
| | [[Stamp Collecting]]
-
| | 1,366
+
| | 1,720
-
| | 31,029
+
| | 1,270
-
| | 24,204
+
| | 1,451
-
| | 23,025
+
| | 1,112
-
| | 2,244,250
+
| | 1,057
 +
| | 381,769
 +
| | 11,699
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Plant Science
+
| | [[Snow Sports]] (was Skiing)
-
| | 3,571
+
| | 12,623
-
| | 978
+
| | 12,798
-
| | 900
+
| | 15,575
-
| | 753
+
| | 14987
-
| | 28,547
+
| | 10,671
 +
| | 381,472
 +
| | 25,663
 +
 
 +
|-
 +
| | [[Gardening]]
 +
| | 2,523
 +
| | 2,237
 +
| | 1,904
 +
| | 1,813
 +
| | 1,715
 +
| | 372,464
 +
| | 22,037
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Plumbing
+
| | [[Plumbing]]
| | 7,115
| | 7,115
| | 3,769
| | 3,769
| | 5,949
| | 5,949
| | 5,914
| | 5,914
-
| | 344,948
+
| | 5,366
 +
| | 350,314
 +
| | 15,665
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Pottery
+
| | [[Shotgun Shooting]]
 +
| | 19,713
 +
| | 15,188
 +
| | 23,562
 +
| | 23,062
 +
| | 22,986
 +
| | 344,035
 +
| | 32,832
 +
 
 +
|-
 +
| | [[Pottery]]
| | 4,363
| | 4,363
| | 11,358
| | 11,358
| | 9,218
| | 9,218
| | 9,272
| | 9,272
-
| | 307,598
+
| | 8,574
 +
| | 316,172
 +
| | 16,102
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Public Health
+
| | [[Chemistry]]
-
| | &nbsp;
+
| | 2,935
-
| | 1,956
+
| | 3,661
-
| | 2,028
+
| | 5,592
-
| | 1,123
+
| | 6,063
-
| | 1,503,220
+
| | 5,944
-
 
+
| | 286,512
-
|-
+
| | 25,889
-
| | Public Speaking
+
-
| | 2,405
+
-
| | 2,318
+
-
| | 4,640
+
-
| | 5,239
+
-
| | 589,253
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Pulp and Paper
+
-
| | 1,776
+
-
| | 2,328
+
-
| | 2,878
+
-
| | 2,914
+
-
| | 69,271
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Radio
+
-
| | 1,549
+
-
| | 1,655
+
-
| | 4,963
+
-
| | 5,058
+
-
| | 119,616
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Railroading
+
-
| | 2,850
+
-
| | 3,680
+
-
| | 6,922
+
-
| | 5,809
+
-
| | 175,793
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Reading
+
-
| | 7,848
+
-
| | 7,440
+
-
| | 7,155
+
-
| | 6,561
+
-
| | 1,435,643
+
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Reptile and Amphibian Study
+
| | [[Salesmanship]]
-
| | 12,989
+
-
| | 12,322
+
-
| | 11,093
+
-
| | 10,286
+
-
| | 571,616
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Rifle Shooting
+
-
| | 37,029
+
-
| | 43,968
+
-
| | 50,337
+
-
| | 47,996
+
-
| | 935,617
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Rowing
+
-
| | 27,330
+
-
| | 26,636
+
-
| | 17,889
+
-
| | 16,412
+
-
| | 1,602,406
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Safety
+
-
| | 64,097
+
-
| | 56,311
+
-
| | 4,040
+
-
| | 4,123
+
-
| | 2,903,277
+
-
 
+
-
|-
+
-
| | Salesmanship
+
| | 5,654
| | 5,654
| | 4,515
| | 4,515
| | 4,880
| | 4,880
| | 4,978
| | 4,978
-
| | 276,290
+
| | 5,254
 +
| | 281,544
 +
| | 19,816
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Scholarship
+
| | [[Climbing]]
-
| | 8,049
+
| | &nbsp;
-
| | 7,866
+
| | 7
-
| | 6,496
+
| | 22,316
-
| | 6,719
+
| | 22,628
-
| | 1,225,067
+
| | 22,495
 +
| | 249,405
 +
| | 32,310
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Sculpture
+
| | [[Sculpture]]
| | 5,440
| | 5,440
| | 5,042
| | 5,042
| | 8,760
| | 8,760
| | 9,450
| | 9,450
-
| | 215,184
+
| | 9,091
 +
| | 224,275
 +
| | 12,866
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Shotgun Shooting
+
| | [[Water Sports]] (Water Skiing)
-
| | 19,713
+
| | 5,053
-
| | 15,188
+
| | 4,801
-
| | 23,562
+
| | 3,560
-
| | 23,062
+
| | 3,701
-
| | 321,049
+
| | 3,556
 +
| | 218,672
 +
| | 22,309
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Skating
+
| | [[Oceanography]]
-
| | 5,059
+
| | 26,018
-
| | 7,770
+
| | 6,256
-
| | 3,841
+
| | 9,472
-
| | 3,564
+
| | 9,745
-
| | 151,006
+
| | 9,357
 +
| | 215,147
 +
| | 22,571
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Skiing
+
| | [[Drafting]]
-
| | 12,623
+
| | 2,423
-
| | 12,798
+
| | 1,655
-
| | 3,841
+
| | 1,659
-
| | 3,564
+
| | 1,499
-
| | 276,831
+
| | 1,501
 +
| | 214,872
 +
| | 16,218
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Small Boat Sailing
+
| | [[Farm Mechanics]]
-
| | 16,261
+
| | 2,051
-
| | 17,813
+
| | 1,986
-
| | 17,224
+
| | 1,948
-
| | 17,961
+
| | 2,122
-
| | 506,870
+
| | 1,951
 +
| | 203,825
 +
| | 11,830
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Soil and Water Conservation
+
| | [[Model Design and Building]]
-
| | 17,164
+
| | 1,904
-
| | 16,129
+
| | 1,665
-
| | 14,426
+
| | 2,699
-
| | 13,862
+
| | 2,365
-
| | 1,009,930
+
| | 2,282
 +
| | 200,613
 +
| | 15,741
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Snow Sports
+
| | [[Architecture]]
-
| | &nbsp;
+
| | 19,658
-
| | &nbsp;
+
| | 2,513
-
| | 11,734
+
| | 2,587
-
| | 11,423
+
| | 2,215
-
| | 93,970
+
| | 2,104
 +
| | 193,458
 +
| | 16,793
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Space Exploration
+
| | [[Genealogy]]
-
| | 10,838
+
| | 6,680
-
| | 13,902
+
| | 6,005
-
| | 23,155
+
| | 5,704
-
| | 21,256
+
| | 5,218
-
| | 381,511
+
| | 4,387
 +
| | 192,430
 +
| | 28,395
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Sports
+
| | [[Backpacking]]
-
| | 31,446
+
| | 8,864
-
| | 28,989
+
| | 7,800
-
| | 12,315
+
| | 5,092
-
| | 12,349
+
| | 5,003
-
| | 1,069,585
+
| | 4,974
 +
| | 182,285
 +
| | 40,991
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Stamp Collecting
+
| | [[Railroading]]
-
| | 1,720
+
| | 2,850
-
| | 1,270
+
| | 3,680
-
| | 1,451
+
| | 6,922
-
| | 1,112
+
| | 5,809
-
| | 380,712
+
| | 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
+
| | [[Surveying]]
| | 1,806
| | 1,806
| | 1,337
| | 1,337
| | 1,567
| | 1,567
| | 1,201
| | 1,201
-
| | 141,417
+
| | 1,166
 +
| | 142,583
 +
| | 10,152
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Swimming
+
| | [[Law]]
-
| | 93,488
+
| | 5,067
-
| | 90,922
+
| | 4,725
-
| | 75,796
+
| | 5,666
-
| | 76,692
+
| | 5,652
-
| | 5,702,696
+
| | 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
+
| | [[Textile]]
| | 2,441
| | 2,441
| | 1,428
| | 1,428
| | 4,173
| | 4,173
| | 3,502
| | 3,502
-
| | 114,862
+
| | 3,677
 +
| | 118,539
 +
| | 12,275
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Theater
+
| | [[American Heritage]]
-
| | 1,389
+
| | 4,371
-
| | 1,466
+
| | 3,126
-
| | 2,032
+
| | 4,890
-
| | 2,267
+
| | 4,273
-
| | 65,452
+
| | 4,274
 +
| | 118,154
 +
| | 27,362
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Traffic Safety
+
| | [[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
| | 2,351
| | 2,865
| | 2,865
| | 5,576
| | 5,576
| | 5,428
| | 5,428
-
| | 100,016
+
| | 5,817
 +
| | 105,833
 +
| | 23,723
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Truck Transportation
+
| | [[Dentistry]]
-
| | 3,334
+
| | 4,204
-
| | 2,924
+
| | 2,873
-
| | 3,295
+
| | 4,584
-
| | 3,109
+
| | 3,770
-
| | 114,165
+
| | 3,974
 +
| | 104,310
 +
| | 16,819
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Veterinary Medicine
+
| | [[Automotive Maintenance]]
-
| | 1,355
+
| | 3,566
-
| | 1,166
+
| | 4,724
-
| | 2,400
+
| | 8,175
-
| | 2,204
+
| | 7,600
-
| | 50,842
+
| | 7,480
 +
| | 99,127
 +
| | 30,950
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Water Skiing
+
| | [[Journalism]]
-
| | 5,053
+
| | 1,080
-
| | 4,801
+
| | 805
-
| | 3,560
+
| | 1,428
-
| | 3,701
+
| | 1,272
-
| | 215,116
+
| | 1,113
 +
| | 98,369
 +
| | 13,638
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Weather
+
| | [[Archaeology]]
-
| | 12,108
+
| | 35,292
-
| | 14,520
+
| | 1
-
| | 17,223
+
| | 3,766
-
| | 16,158
+
| | 4,946
-
| | 443,168
+
| | 5,522
 +
| | 96,236
 +
| | 21,153
 +
 
 +
|-
 +
| | [[Crime Prevention]]
 +
| | &nbsp;
 +
| | 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
+
| | [[Whitewater]]
| | 2,274
| | 2,274
| | 3,021
| | 3,021
| | 4,157
| | 4,157
| | 4,212
| | 4,212
-
| | 58,462
+
| | 3,557
 +
| | 62,019
 +
| | 18,553
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Wilderness Survival
+
| | [[Cinematography]]
-
| | 46,405
+
| | 1,730
-
| | 46,843
+
| | 2,525
-
| | 38,512
+
| | 5,143
-
| | 46,912
+
| | 4,768
-
| | 1,289,755
+
| | 4,839
 +
| | 57,050
 +
| | 21,796
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Wood Carving
+
| | [[Energy]]
-
| | 48,234
+
| | 2,680
-
| | 48,002
+
| | 1,227
-
| | 49,168
+
| | 3,019
-
| | 46,407
+
| | 2,506
-
| | 1,932,105
+
| | 2,620
 +
| | 55,906
 +
| | 21,401
-
|-
+
|-
-
| | Woodwork
+
| | [[Veterinary Medicine]]
-
| | 5,733
+
| | 1,355
-
| | 4,315
+
| | 1,166
-
| | 4,846
+
| | 2,400
-
| | 4,990
+
| | 2,204
-
| | 930,452
+
| | 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]]
 +
| | &nbsp;
 +
| | 1
 +
| | 1,605
 +
| | 1,161
 +
| | 1,332
 +
| | 9,779
 +
| | 15,785
 +
 
 +
|-
 +
| | [[Fly Fishing]]
 +
| | &nbsp;
 +
| | &nbsp;
 +
| | 1,040
 +
| | 701
 +
| | 685
 +
| | 7,458
 +
| | 17,969
 +
 
 +
|-
 +
| | [[Composite Materials]]
 +
| | &nbsp;
 +
| | &nbsp;
 +
| | &nbsp;
 +
| | &nbsp;
 +
| | &nbsp;
 +
| | &nbsp;
 +
| | 16,365
 +
 
 +
|- class="sortbottom"
| | Unclassified
| | Unclassified
| | 21,569
| | 21,569
 +
| | 0
| | 0
| | 0
| | 0
| | 0
| | 0
| | 0
| | 10,324,955
| | 10,324,955
 +
| | &nbsp;
|- class="sortbottom"
|- class="sortbottom"
-
| | TOTAL
+
| | Totals
-
| | 1,978,746
+
| | 1,969,110
-
| | 2,009,296
+
| | 2,002,775
-
| | 1,949,049
+
| | 1,949,049
-
| | 1,930,058
+
| | 1,930,058
-
| | 111,759,475
+
| | 1,877,853
 +
| | 115,093,311
 +
| | 3,910,685
|}
|}
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[[Category:Merit Badges]]
+
<center>'''''Wiki Hits''''' ''is the total number of [[Special:Popularpages|pages hits]] on this wiki from April 2007 through December 2008.</center>
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 +
==Notes==
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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 [[Merit Badge Workbooks|workbooks]] for merit badges they will earn.
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 +
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:
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* American Business &ndash; 27 pages hits for each merit badge earned. Least popular - only 539 American Business Merit Badges earned.
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* Bugling &ndash; 26 pages hits for each merit badge earned. Only 684 Bugling Merit Badges earned.
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:* Prior to 1989, an average of nearly 2,000 Bugling merit badges were earned each year.
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:* In 1989, a requirement was added to serve 3 months as the Troop Bugler. Unfortunately many troops don't have a Troop Bugler.
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* Fly Fishing &ndash; 20 pages hits for each merit badge earned. Only 685 Fly Fishing Merit Badges earned.
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:* 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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 +
==See Also==
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{{Merit Badge See Also}}
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[[Category:Merit Badge-related]]

Current revision

Merit Badge resources include the Guide for Merit Badge Counselors, Introduction, & FAQ.
The Merit Badge Worksheets & Requirements include the maps, checklists and other materials you need.
Other resources include the online Merit Badge Application and Most Popular Merit Badges
Certain requirements need prior approval but most do not.

Boy Scouts of America data below is sorted by the number of merit badges most recently earned.
Click on the ►◄ icons to sort by name, page hits, etc. Here is a more detailed version: Merit Badge Rankings Adobe Acrobat PDF.

MERIT BADGE 1993 1996 2005 2006 2007 Total Wiki Hits
First Aid 94,528 97,565 87,300 84,792 82,274 6,361,479 112,708
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

See Also

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Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information
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