Thursday, April 30, 2009

Required Merit Badges

I was (am) an Eagle Scout. I don’t make a secret of it, but I don’t usually publicize it either. So much for that.

One of the tasks you needed to complete in order to attain the rank of Eagle Scout was earning a complete set of “Required Merit Badges”:

Citizenship in the Community
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Emergency Preparedness / Lifesaving
Environmental Science
Family Life
First Aid
Hiking / Cycling / Swimming
Personal Fitness
Personal Management

An all around great set of skills to master and an ideal foundation for a budding man, I must say.

My favorite electives were:
Wilderness Survival
Rifle Shooting
Small Boat Sailing

I’d like to try and dig up my merit badge sash and post it. In the meantime, you can get the idea from this guys.

At the very least, I’d like to find some of the old merit badge books and put my kids through the paces. My stepson’s sports and dual family schedule makes boy scout membership a challenge. Though, he has expressed a strong interest in those kinds of activities. I guess it couldn’t hurt to give myself a refresher and bestow a sort of honorary scout rank on him. Kind of like an emergency baptism or teaching certificate.

I also think it would be fun to assemble a committee of sorts to create a set of requirements and guidebooks for post-scouting activites. We could create, earn and give out merit badges in things like: Whiskey Drinking, Steak Grilling, Motorcycle Ownership, Child Scolding, Poker, Home Improvement, Lawn Care, etc.


  1. Men and motorcycles. I'll never get it. Why does loud+expensive+unnecessary+dangerous="manly"? I've always been of the belief that it is more manly to go against convention. Tell me, what's more conventionally rebellious than a hog? After the Fonz it's impossible to be taken seriously on a motorcycle. If you don't look like you're a member of Hell's Angels, you look like the winner of the douche bag of the year awards. I expect a little more creativity from you.

  2. Go to - he has some great spoof merit badges for sale. I know for sure the steak grilling and motorcycle ones are in there - you can also find marshmallow incineration and sunburn too!