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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]]}}More than half of the Scouts BSA [[merit badges]] require prior counselor and/or parent approval for certain requirements. The rest do not.
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{{quote-source|... any [[Scout]], [[Lone 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" | [[Moviemaking]]<br />#3a
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Painting]]<br />#3
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | '''''[[Personal Fitness]]'''''<br />#7
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Signs, Signals, and Codes]]<br />#8e
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Skating]]<br />#2c4<br />(In-Line option)
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Small-Boat Sailing]]<br />#6c
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Soil and Water Conservation]]<br />#7f
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Sports]]<br />#5
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Stamp Collecting]]<br />#4c
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | '''''[[Sustainability]]'''''<br />#2.Community.B
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| style="background:#E6F2FF; padding:0.1em;" height="32" | [[Welding]]<br />#5b
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Shortcut:
Prior Approval
More than half of the Scouts BSA merit badges require prior counselor and/or parent approval for certain requirements. The rest do not.
... any Scout, Lone 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
Exploration
#5a, 5b, 7, 8a
Family Life
#4
First Aid
#6c
Forestry
#5
Game Design
#6, 8
Geocaching
#7, 8c
Geology
#4a, 5a1, 5a4, 5b5a, 5b5b,
5c5a, 5c5c, 5d5a, 5d5d
Golf
#8
Graphic Arts
#4a, 6d
Home Repairs
#2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Indian Lore
#3b
Inventing
#2a, 7
Journalism
#2a1, 2b1, 3b, 3c
Lifesaving
#6
Mammal Study
#5
Medicine
#10
Metalwork
#5a3, 5b3, 5c3, 5d4
Mining in Society
#5a, 5b, 5c, 5d, 8a, 8c
Model Design and Building
#1, 3, 4a
Motorboating
#1c
Moviemaking
#3a
Oceanography
#8a, 8c
Painting
#3
Personal Fitness
#7
Pets
#1, 3
Photography
#7b
Pioneering
#8, 10
Plant Science
#8.3F4a
Pottery
#7
Programming
#5a, 5b, 5c
Public Health
#5, 7
Pulp and Paper
#7
Radio
#7
Railroading
#3d, 8a, 8b
Reading
#2, 3b, 4
Robotics
#4a
Safety
#2a, 6
Salesmanship
#3, 4
Scholarship
#4b
Scouting Heritage
#4c, 7
Scuba Diving
#1b
Sculpture
#2c
Signs, Signals, and Codes
#8e
Skating
#2c4
(In-Line option)
Small-Boat Sailing
#6c
Soil and Water Conservation
#7f
Sports
#5
Stamp Collecting
#4c
Surveying
#2, 6
Sustainability
#2.Community.B
Theater
#3g, 3h, 4
Traffic Safety
#5b
Weather
#9a, 10
Welding
#5b
Whitewater
#5a, 9a
Woodwork
#6c

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