• 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.

Eagle Required

  • Citizenship in the Community
  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Citizenship in the World
  • Communications
  • Environmental Science (2 hours)
  • First Aid (3 hours)
  • Personal Management*
  • Sustainability


  • American Labor
  • Animal Science
  • Animation
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Astronomy (2 hours)
  • Chemistry
  • Chess (2 hours)
  • Composite Materials
  • Crime Prevention
  • Digital Technology
  • Disabilities Awareness
  • Energy (and Engineering) (2 hours)
  • Engineering (and Energy) (2 hours)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Game Design
  • Geocaching
  • Geology
  • Inventing
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law
  • Mammal Study
  • Moviemaking
  • Music
  • Nuclear Science
  • Radio
  • Signs, Signals, and Codes
  • Space Exploration (2 hours)
  • Sports
  • Stamp Collecting
  • Traffic Safety
  • Weather

* These merit badges have at least one requirement that must be completed before the BYU Merit Badge PowWow. Please view the worksheet beforehand to see which requirements will need extra time to complete.

The BYU Merit Badge PowWow has been run for more than 59 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 September 24 & October 8, 2016. More information is coming about when registration will open and what merit badges will be offered.

PowWow is now on Facebook and Twitter! Like us today on Facebook for a chance to win free PowWow T–shirts. Follow us on Twitter @BYUPowwow for updates and exciting news about upcoming PowWows.

Download the PowWow Flyer for Spring 2016 

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