• 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 PowWow classes are taught by experts in a group setting, along with merit badge counselors who work with Scouts. 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
  • Emergency Preparedness*
  • Environmental Science (2 hours)
  • Family Life*
  • First Aid (3 hours)
  • Personal Management*
  • Sustainability


  • American Heritage
  • Animal Science
  • Animation
  • Art
  • Astronomy (2 hours)
  • Chess (2 hours)
  • Coin Collecting
  • Crime Prevention
  • Digital Technology
  • Disabilities Awareness
  • Energy (and Engineering) (2 hours)
  • Engineering (and Energy) (2 hours)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Game Design
  • Geocaching
  • Geology
  • Graphic Arts
  • Inventing
  • Journalism
  • Mammal Study
  • Moviemaking
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Nuclear Science
  • Photography
  • Radio
  • Signs, Signals, and Codes
  • Space Exploration (2 hours)
  • 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 running for 60 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 7,500 Scouts from Utah and other areas attend the Spring and Fall PowWows.

The next PowWow will be held on March 11 & March 25, 2017. 

Opening Ceremony: Join us at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, March 11, in the Smith Fieldhouse (SFH). The opening ceremony will include a flag ceremony, guest speaker Randy Clegg, and the Airplane Toss Extravaganza! And did we mention the 3500 donuts?

March 25: On the final day of PowWow, there will be no Opening Ceremony. Just head straight to class - all classes start at 9 a.m.

At PowWow, we will be offering FREE classes for parents and adult leaders. The classes will provide you with the resources available for Scouts to receive additional awards in the Scouting program beyond the Eagle. More information about the classes can be found here

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 Fall 2016 

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