Which badges first?
Scouts can work on merit badges from the age of 10-1/2 until they reach the age of 18.  BSA has designed merit badges that will be interesting and challenging for boys throughout that age range.  Some merit badges are significantly easier than others.  When selecting merit badges on which to work, it is important to pick badges that are age-appropriate, otherwise the scout can be overwhelmed and get discouraged.

Before enrolling in a Merit Badge class, Troop 55 Scouts need to obtain approval from the Scoutmaster for the particular badge and counselor.  This is especially important for Eagle required Merit Badges.

Troop 55's recommended sequence of merit badges is as follows:

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Level 1 - New Scouts / Ages 11-12 / 5th and 6th Grades
Eagle Required Non-Eagle Required
First Aid
Swimming
Family Life
Emergency Preparedness
    (First Aid MB reqd before)
Basketry
Climbing
Dog Care
Fishing
Leatherwork
Mammal Study
Pets
Woodcarving

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Level 2 - First Class / Ages 12-13 / 6th and 7th Grades
Eagle Required Non-Eagle Required
Camping   (7th grade)
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the Community  (7th grade)
Environmental Science   (7th grade)
Hiking
Personal Fitness
Canoeing
Collections
Cooking
Geology
Golf
Home Repairs
Law
Medicine
Nature
Photography
Pioneering
Radio
Reading
Scholarship
Sports

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Level 3 - Star & Life / Ages 14-15 / 8th Grade and UP
Eagle Required Non-Eagle Required
Citizenship in the World
Communications
Personal Management
Lifesaving
    (Swimming MB reqd before)
Cycling
Auto Mechanics
Backpacking
Rowing
Whitewater
Wilderness Survival
BSA Lifeguard

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Notes:


For Eagle, only 12 of the 15 ER badges are required. Only one of Emergency Prep and Lifesaving is required, and only one of Swimming, Hiking and Cycling is required.

There are over 120 merit badges in total. Only a portion of the non-ER badges are shown above. For guidance on those additional badges, talk to the SM, the Advancement Chair, or one of the PASMs.