• Developing Character and Confidence

    The merit badge program is one of Boy Scouting's basic character-developing tools. Earning merit badges gives a boy the kind of confidence that comes from learning and developing skills to achieve a goal.

  • Earning Merit Badges

    During the registration process, a Scout may register for up to three merit badges.

    See the list of merit badges available at the PowWow. Class enrollment is limited, so make sure to register early.

  • Becoming a Volunteer

    Each merit badge class will have an instructor and one or more merit badge counselors (at least one for every 20 Scouts). See the volunteer page to learn more about applying to become a merit badge counselor

  • Receiving Group Instruction

    The general format of this PowWow is group instruction with expert presenters accompanied by merit badge counselors who work with Scouts during the PowWow sessions. However, attending group instruction does not, by itself, qualify a Scout for any merit badge—he must complete all merit badge requirements as well.

2015 Fall Merit Badges

American Heritage
Animal Science
Astronomy (2 hours)
Chess (2 hours)
Citizenship in the Community
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the World
Composite Materials
Crime Prevention
Digital Technology
Disabilities Awareness
Energy and Engineering (2 hours)
Environmental Science (2 hours)
First Aid (3 hours)
Game Design
Landscape Architecture
Mammal Study
Nuclear Science
Personal Management (13-week requirement)*
Pulp and Paper
Scouting Heritage
Signs, Signals and Codes
Space Expo (2 hours)
Sports (3-month requirement)*
Stamp Collecting
Sustainability (1-month requirement)*
Traffic Safety

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*Some merit badges have a requirement that must be completed before PowWow. Please view the worksheets beforehand to see which requirements will need extra time to complete.

Fall 2015 BYU Merit Badge PowWow

The BYU Merit Badge PowWow has been run for more than 57 years and is one of the largest Boy Scout PowWows in the United States. It is held on the beautiful campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. More than 7,000 Scouts from Utah and other areas attend the Spring and Fall PowWows.

The next PowWow will be held on October 31 & November 14, 2015. More information is coming about when registration will open and what merit badges will be offered.

Opening Ceremony: Join us at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, October 31, in the Smith Field House (SFH). The opening ceremony will include a flag ceremony, speaker-Hank Smith, paper airplane toss extravaganza and more! Did we mention the 3,000 donuts?

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