Merit Badges

You can learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business, and future careers as you earn merit badges. There are more than 100 merit badges. Any Boy Scout may earn any merit badge at any time.

Merit badges are part of the requirements for earning high rank:

Rank Total badges Including at least this many from the list below
Star 6 4
Life 11 7
Eagle 21 all 12 (starting in 2014, all 13)

Required list for Eagle: