Calendar of New Merit Badges


Digital Technology (will replace Computers)

Estimated release: 2013 (after Jamboree)

Requirements: TBD

Description: Technology has come a long way since Computers merit badge was first introduced in 1967. This badge, which replaces Computers, will teach Scouts about technology in the digital age.


Estimated release: 2014

Requirements: TBD

Description: Computer or traditional animation tasks that will test a Scout’s creativity, artistic skills, and storytelling abilities.

Signs, Signals, and Codes

Estimated release: 2014

Requirements: TBD

Description: American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most used language in the United States.  The Signs, Signals, and Codes merit badge will cover Morse code, ASL, Braille, signaling, trail markings, and other nonverbal communications.  Did you know that some of these have even saved people’s lives?


Estimated release: 2014

Requirements and description: TBD


Computer-Aided Design

Estimated release: 2014-2015

Requirements: TBD


Advanced Computing

Description: Teaching boys to use computer systems to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design.

Requirements: TBDEstimated release: 2014-2015

Description:  The next generation of computing.



Major Updates in the Works


Update expected by May 2013, for summer camp availability

Current requirementsExternal Link (pre-update)

Details: Adds a mountain biking option for Scouts.

Related blog post: The trail to Cycling merit badge just got a bit rougherExternal Link


Update expected after 2013 Jamboree

Note: This merit badge will become Eagle-required on Jan. 1, 2014

Current requirementsExternal Link (pre-update)

Details: Coming soon, but I’m hearing rumors that it will better incorporate the BSA’s healthy living initiatives.

Related blog post: Cooking, Sustainability merit badges to become Eagle-requiredExternal Link


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