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Almost half of the Boy Scout [[Merit Badges]] require prior counselor approval for certain requirements. Most do not: ''" Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time."'' - [[Bookshelf#Bylaws and Rules|Boy Scout Requriements]] p. 22.
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{{Shortcut|[[Prior Approval]]}}Almost half of the Boy Scout [[Merit Badges]] require prior counselor approval for certain requirements. The rest do not.
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{{quote-source|... any Boy Scout or any [[qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts|qualified Venturer or Sea Scout]] may earn any of these at any time... You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated—no more and no less. '''You must do exactly what is stated in the requirements.'''|''[[Boy Scout Requirements]]'', § Introduction to Merit Badges}}
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Indian Lore]]<br />#2b
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Mammal Study]]<br />#5
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Medicine]]<br />#10
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Metalwork]]<br />#5b, 3c3a
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Model Design and Building]]<br />#1, 3, 4a, 4c
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Pioneering]]<br />#10
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Pottery]]<br />#7
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Programming]]<br />#5a, 5b, 5c
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Public Health]]<br />#5, 7
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Radio]]<br />#7
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Salesmanship]]<br />#3
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Scuba Diving]]<br />#1b
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Sculpture]]<br />#2c
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{{Merit Badge See also}}
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[[Category:Merit Badge counseling]]
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Shortcut:
Prior Approval
Almost half of the Boy Scout Merit Badges require prior counselor approval for certain requirements. The rest do not.
... any Boy Scout or any qualified Venturer or Sea Scout may earn any of these at any time... You are expected to meet the requirements as they are stated—no more and no less. You must do exactly what is stated in the requirements.
Boy Scout Requirements, § Introduction to Merit Badges
Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval for Certain Requirements
American Heritage
#2b, 2c, 2d, 5a, 5b
American Labor
#2, 5c, 5d
Animation
#3
Archaeology
#8b
Architecture
#3a, 3b
Art
#2a, 2b, 4
Art
#5a, 5c, 6
Astronomy
#8
Athletics
#6b
Backpacking
#11b
Citizenship in the Community
#4b, 5, 7c
Citizenship in the Nation
#6
Communication
#5, 6
Composite Materials
#4, 5a, 5b.
Crime Prevention
#7b
Cycling
#7Bc
Digital Technology
#6d, 6g, 6h
Disabilities Awareness
#5a
Electricity
#2
Emergency Preparedness
#2b, 9a
Engineering
#1
Environmental Science
#3e3, 3g2
Family Life
#4
First Aid
#6c
Forestry
#5
Game Design
#6
Geocaching
#7, 8c
Geology
#4a, 5c
Golf
#8
Graphic Arts
#4a
Home Repairs
#2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Indian Lore
#2b
Inventing
#2, 7
Journalism
#3b, 3c
Mammal Study
#5
Medicine
#10
Metalwork
#5b, 3c3a
Model Design and Building
#1, 3, 4a, 4c
Moviemaking
#3a
Oceanography
#8a, 8c
Painting
#3
Personal Fitness
#7
Pets
#1
Photography
#7b
Pioneering
#10
Pottery
#7
Programming
#5a, 5b, 5c
Public Health
#5, 7
Pulp and Paper
#7
Radio
#7
Safety
#2a
Salesmanship
#3
Scholarship
#4b
Scuba Diving
#1b
Sculpture
#2c
Small-Boat Sailing
#6c
Soil and Water Conservation
#7f
Sports
#5
Surveying
#2
Weather
#10
Welding
#5
Whitewater
#5a, 9a
Woodwork
#6c

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