Merit Badges earned

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The Boy Scouts of America will occasionally release statistical data on merit badges earned. Click on the ►◄ icons to sort by the different columns.

MERIT BADGE 1993 1996 2005 2006 Total
American Business 1,442 813 541 717 47,914
American Cultures 2,074 1,892 2,450 2,479 47,217
American Heritage 4,371 3,126 4,890 4,273 113,880
American Labor 1,358 802 576 582 15,484
Animal Science 2,288 2,180 3,151 3,195 32,082
Archaeology 35,292 1 3,766 4,946 90,714
Archery 3,470 37,020 46,902 47,297 1,240,056
Architecture 19,658 2,513 2,587 2,215 191,354
Art 14,363 22,988 33,031 32,856 1,079,078
Astronomy 6,817 16,979 11,229 9,796 534,742
Athletics 3,594 5,485 4,260 4,308 1,034,268
Auto Mechanics 3,566 4,724 8,175 7,600 91,647
Aviation 15,488 14,365 17,641 18,624 450,792
Backpacking 8,864 7,800 5,092 5,003 177,311
Basketry 48,773 53,365 32,165 30,454 2,250,924
Bird Study 1,521 1,481 5,357 5,260 532,362
Bugling 975 753 832 627 164,959
Camping 73,831 70,825 62,393 61,469 4,184,577
Canoeing 54,697 53,862 42,414 42,604 2,713,234
Chemistry 2,935 3,661 5,592 6,063 280,568
Cinematography 1,730 2,525 5,143 4,768 52,211
Citizenship in the Community 61,185 61,271 52,666 47,001 3,020,492
Citizenship in the Nation 62,307 62,466 58,715 54,993 2,716,441
Citizenship in the World 60,844 57,187 61,746 58,097 1,752,991
Climbing     22,316 22,628 226,910
Coin Collecting 4,209 3,599 5,011 5,134 448,467
Collections 7,524 7,065 5,406 4,784 100,839
Communications 52,533 54,288 54,633 53,558 1,594,030
Computers 12,744 14,489 14,647 14,215 403,880
Cooking 46,328 44,073 25,033 24,151 4,050,029
Crime Prevention   1,440 6,702 6,645 77,998
Cycling 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 46,502 46,346 47,362 1,448,221
Energy 2,680 1,227 3,019 2,506 53,286
Engineering 2,263 1,725 5,164 4,998 76,849
Entrepreneurship     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 28,016 36,014 41,565 42,348 1,311,905
Fire Safety 14,150 12,147 13,261 13,358 2,489,883
First Aid 94,528 97,565 87,300 84,792 6,279,205
Fish and Wildlife Management 17,388 16,945 13,676 13,928 532,392
Fishing 29,726 32,541 27,203 26,496 1,755,781
Fly Fishing     1,040 701 6,773
Forestry 14,986 16,301 15,123 15,223 1,026,662
Gardening 2,523 2,237 1,904 1,813 370,749
Genealogy 6,680 6,005 5,704 5,218 188,043
Geology 11,067 14,491 18,693 20,073 469,894
Golf 4,220 4,466 6,920 6,831 118,115
Graphic Arts 1,429 1,205 2,024 2,038 26,515
Hiking 10,309 8,306 8,275 7,901 1,267,956
Home Repairs 10,788 8,432 4,536 4,659 2,380,423
Horsemanship 13,451 11,408 11,650 12,203 541,721
Indian Lore 30,949 30,495 28,581 30,800 976,432
Insect Study 1,721 2,067 1,611 1,808 141,445
Journalism 1,080 805 1,428 1,272 97,256
Landscape Architecture 1,863 1,687 1,927 1,707 69,391
Law 5,067 4,725 5,666 5,652 131,896
Leatherwork 66,585 64,575 56,128 54,654 2,053,869
Lifesaving 37,828 38,445 28,552 29,119 2,816,965
Mammal Study 34,147 31,170 29,935 29,729 969,373
Medicine 2,495 2,079 3,396 3,493 39,449
Metalwork 16,562 20,626 9,362 9,625 1,037,345
Model Design and Building 1,904 1,665 2,699 2,365 198,331
Motorboating 13,228 13,566 13,724 13,552 488,062
Music 12,379 12,919 14,640 14,894 1,196,041
Nature 17,055 17,327 15,292 15,662 1,528,891
Nuclear Science 6,278 4,188 3,585 3,188 124,445
Oceanography 26,018 6,256 9,472 9,745 205,790
Orienteering 3,879 26,192 21,395 20,267 665,262
Painting 14,022 3,866 4,212 4,502 524,351
Personal Fitness 46,576 11,927 54,348 55,088 2,054,196
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 36,389 4,167 9,302 10,448 371,086
Pioneering 1,366 31,029 24,204 23,025 2,244,250
Plant Science 3,571 978 900 753 28,547
Plumbing 7,115 3,769 5,949 5,914 344,948
Pottery 4,363 11,358 9,218 9,272 307,598
Public Health   1,956 2,028 1,123 1,503,220
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 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 4,515 4,880 4,978 276,290
Scholarship 8,049 7,866 6,496 6,719 1,225,067
Sculpture 5,440 5,042 8,760 9,450 215,184
Shotgun Shooting 19,713 15,188 23,562 23,062 321,049
Skating 5,059 7,770 3,841 3,564 151,006
Skiing 12,623 12,798 3,841 3,564 276,831
Small Boat Sailing 16,261 17,813 17,224 17,961 506,870
Soil and Water Conservation 17,164 16,129 14,426 13,862 1,009,930
Snow Sports     11,734 11,423 93,970
Space Exploration 10,838 13,902 23,155 21,256 381,511
Sports 31,446 28,989 12,315 12,349 1,069,585
Stamp Collecting 1,720 1,270 1,451 1,112 380,712
Surveying 1,806 1,337 1,567 1,201 141,417
Swimming 93,488 90,922 75,796 76,692 5,702,696
Textile 2,441 1,428 4,173 3,502 114,862
Theater 1,389 1,466 2,032 2,267 65,452
Traffic Safety 2,351 2,865 5,576 5,428 100,016
Truck Transportation 3,334 2,924 3,295 3,109 114,165
Veterinary Medicine 1,355 1,166 2,400 2,204 50,842
Water Skiing 5,053 4,801 3,560 3,701 215,116
Weather 12,108 14,520 17,223 16,158 443,168
Whitewater 2,274 3,021 4,157 4,212 58,462
Wilderness Survival 46,405 46,843 38,512 46,912 1,289,755
Wood Carving 48,234 48,002 49,168 46,407 1,932,105
Woodwork 5,733 4,315 4,846 4,990 930,452
Unclassified 21,569 0 0 0 10,324,955
TOTAL 1,978,746 2,009,296 1,949,049 1,930,058 111,759,475

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