First Aid? First place.

Exactly 69,563 Scouts earned the Eagle-required First Aid merit badge in 2017. That’s good enough for a gold medal, and it marks three consecutive years of First Aid dominance.

The silver medal went to Swimming (62,057 earned), and Citizenship in the World (55,917) took bronze.

Not surprisingly, each merit badge in 2017’s top 10 is required for the Eagle Scout Award. Remove all the Eagle-required badges, though, and the evidence points to Fingerprinting as your 2017 champ.

The top 10 (with Eagle-required badges included)

Rank20172016
1First AidFirst Aid
2SwimmingSwimming
3Citizenship in the WorldEnvironmental Science
4Environmental ScienceCitizenship in the World
5Citizenship in the NationCitizenship in the Nation
6CookingCooking
7CampingCamping
8CommunicationCommunication
9Personal FitnessPersonal Fitness
10Personal ManagementCitizenship in the Community

No big surprises there, though we did see Personal Management knock Citizenship in the Community out of the top 10.

But many Scouters would shrug at this list. Of course the top 10 will be filled with Eagle-required badges, they’d say.

To those Scouters I say: Keep reading!

The top 10 (with Eagle-required badges excluded)

Rank20172016
1FingerprintingRifle Shooting
2Rifle ShootingFingerprinting
3LeatherworkArchery
4ArcheryLeatherwork
5Wood CarvingWilderness Survival
6Wilderness SurvivalWood Carving
7KayakingKayaking
8ChessCanoeing
9CanoeingChess
10FishingFishing

Ah, now things get interesting. This list of exclusively elective merit badges reveals two things:

  1. Interest. These are merit badges that Scouts themselves select. They could’ve chosen any from the list of 137, but they chose these.
  2. Opportunity. These are merit badges frequently offered at summer camp, meaning qualified merit badge counselors are readily available.

The bottom 10

Let’s not call these unpopular. Let’s call them rare.

If a Scout in your troop has earned one or more of these, he’s in rare company.

Note: You won’t see Computers or Cinematography on this list, though a couple-hundred Scouts earned each in 2017. The Computers phase-out began in 2014, and Cinematography was changed to Moviemaking in 2013. Scouts who started work before those badges’ official demise are allowed to finish that work.

Rank20172016
137BuglingBugling
136American BusinessAmerican Business
135SurveyingStamp Collecting
134American LaborAmerican Labor
133Stamp CollectingJournalism
132DraftingSurveying
131JournalismDrafting
130Composite MaterialsGardening
129GardeningLandscape Architecture
128Landscape ArchitectureComposite Materials

The bulls and the bears

Which merit badges saw the biggest percentage gain in popularity from 2016 to 2017? Which saw their popularity fall?

I’m glad you asked.

Top 5 gains

Merit Badge20162017Diff.
Stamp Collecting 793 95420.3%
Animation 4,637 5,46217.8%
Inventing 2,834 3,29616.3%
Journalism 970 1,12716.2%
Genealogy 4,570 5,21314.1%

Top 5 drops

Merit Badge20162017Diff.
Safety 4,267 3,280-23.1%
Whitewater 3,476 2,832-18.5%
Geocaching 15,210 12,604-17.1%
Surveying 1,028 863-16.1%
Painting 3,829 3,222-15.9%

Once again, I did not include the discontinued Computers and Cinematography merit badges in these calculations.

The source

So where did these numbers originate? From Local Council Charter Applications. That means they’re based on the actual number earned, not on sales of the badges. Some troops purchase extra emblems in anticipation of future badge earnings, so sales numbers can mislead.

Special thanks to the BSA’s Lynn Adcock for compiling and providing these numbers each year.

The raw numbers (warning: for stats geeks only!)

Beyond this point are the full lists. This is raw data, and it’s only suitable for the geekiest of geeks like myself.

You’ve been warned.

Keep scrolling to find:

  • 2017 rankings
  • Merit badge popularity over the last five years
  • Lifetime rankings, 1911 to 2017
  • Every merit badge ranked by its percent change from 2016 to 2017

The raw numbers: 2017 rankings

What the colors mean:

  • Blue: merit badge is required for Eagle
  • Red: merit badge is considered “new” — released in 2013 or later
  • Purple: merit badge is required for Eagle and is considered “new”
RankMerit Badge2017 earned
1First Aid 69,563
2Swimming 62,057
3Citizenship in the World 55,917
4Environmental Science 55,703
5Citizenship in the Nation 52,949
6Cooking 51,004
7Camping 50,871
8Communication 50,503
9Personal Fitness 50,428
10Personal Management 49,287
11Family Life 48,774
12Citizenship in the Community 48,736
13Emergency Preparedness 43,351
14Fingerprinting 38,989
15Rifle Shooting 37,796
16Leatherwork 35,490
17Archery 35,301
18Wood Carving 32,943
19Wilderness Survival 30,814
20Kayaking 30,466
21Chess 26,919
22Canoeing 26,052
23Fishing 24,343
24Art 21,567
25Lifesaving 20,748
26Shotgun Shooting 19,703
27Space Exploration 18,994
28Mammal Study 18,715
29Geology 18,674
30Climbing 18,356
31Indian Lore 17,003
32Astronomy 15,702
33Basketry 15,406
34Robotics 15,031
35Aviation 14,347
36Small Boat Sailing 14,182
37Pioneering 13,870
38Game Design 13,810
39Photography 13,550
40Metalwork 12,990
41Weather 12,690
42Geocaching 12,604
43Engineering 11,773
44Fire Safety 11,746
45Orienteering 11,742
46Fish & Wildlife Management 11,615
47Nature 11,586
48Forestry 11,456
49Welding 10,656
50Music 10,592
51Chemistry 10,248
52Automotive Maintenance 10,205
53Search and Rescue 10,107
54Motor Boating 9,517
55Soil and Water Conservation 9,484
56Moviemaking 9,262
57Electricity 9,245
58Digital Technology 8,768
59Sculpture 8,715
60Horsemanship 8,641
61Rowing 8,239
62Pottery 7,940
63Oceanography 7,763
64Electronics 7,524
65Signs, Signals and Codes 7,364
66Sustainability 7,295
67Snow Sports 7,267
68Hiking 7,084
69Public Speaking 7,035
70Pulp and Paper 6,879
71Archaeology 6,876
72Crime Prevention 6,721
73Nuclear Science 6,702
74Railroading 6,663
75Sports 6,556
76Reptile and Amphibian Study 6,053
77Scouting Heritage 5,916
78Salesmanship 5,908
79Radio 5,840
80Cycling 5,742
81Traffic Safety 5,689
82American Heritage 5,496
83Animation 5,462
84Law 5,402
85Disabilities Awareness 5,239
86Genealogy 5,213
87Woodwork 5,212
88Bird Study 4,965
89Mining in Society 4,673
90Fly Fishing 4,597
91Plumbing 4,398
92Pets 4,289
93Scholarship 4,171
94Collections 4,140
95Programming 4,138
96Coin Collecting 3,930
97Animal Science 3,848
98Architecture 3,654
99Medicine 3,561
100Reading 3,524
101Backpacking 3,498
102Entrepreneurship 3,473
103Home Repairs 3,432
104Inventing 3,296
105Safety 3,280
106Golf 3,248
107Painting 3,222
108Dentistry 3,135
109Graphic Arts 3,066
110Water Sports 2,966
111Whitewater 2,832
112Athletics 2,754
113Energy 2,749
114Dog Care 2,661
115Insect Study 2,644
116Model Design and Building 2,564
117Truck Transportation 2,466
118Veterinary Medicine 2,451
119Theater 2,332
120Farm Mechanics 2,307
121American Cultures 2,298
122Textile 2,205
123Plant Science 2,107
124Exploration 2,090
125Scuba Diving 1,842
126Public Health 1,798
127Skating 1,785
128Landscape Architecture 1,483
129Gardening 1,450
130Composite Materials 1,407
131Journalism 1,127
132Drafting 1,119
133Stamp Collecting 954
134American Labor 901
135Surveying 863
136American Business 613
137Bugling 454
138Cinematography 231
139Computers 207

The raw numbers: Merit badge popularity over the last five years

Sorted alphabetically.

Merit Badge20132014201520162017
American Business805650 587 627 613
American Cultures2,6492,174 2,233 2,218 2,298
American Heritage6,1955,333 5,599 4,952 5,496
American Labor1,090992 1,106 812 901
Animal Science4,1744,042 4,414 3,852 3,848
Animation00 1,099 4,637 5,462
Archaeology8,9138,652 7,590 7,388 6,876
Archery43,87943,238 41,879 39,419 35,301
Architecture3,9564,019 3,362 3,230 3,654
Art28,03125,438 24,374 22,990 21,567
Astronomy16,33215,758 16,706 16,355 15,702
Athletics3,7093,241 3,604 3,125 2,754
Automotive Maintenance10,0849,763 9,961 10,748 10,205
Aviation18,33017,522 15,170 14,477 14,347
Backpacking4,1144,169 3,973 3,963 3,498
Basketry19,36417,531 17,158 15,282 15,406
Bird Study6,4055,641 5,587 5,199 4,965
Bugling515606 492 479 454
Camping*58,98254,265 54,342 53,534 50,871
Canoeing33,40931,833 29,461 28,288 26,052
Chemistry10,73110,594 10,560 10,865 10,248
Chess27,31525,266 27,235 27,416 26,919
Cinematography8,4654,026 1,260 841 231
Citizenship in the Community*56,92851,728 52,071 51,975 48,736
Citizenship in the Nation*61,27256,490 57,161 57,919 52,949
Citizenship in the World*64,45261,303 60,171 59,363 55,917
Climbing22,86123,200 21,574 21,171 18,356
Coin Collecting5,6675,303 4,715 4,135 3,930
Collections4,9664,295 4,004 3,753 4,140
Communication*57,11154,081 55,738 53,367 50,503
Composite Materials1,8171,614 2,183 1,597 1,407
Computers15,14912,973 1,686 354 207
Cooking*44,90399,908 67,691 55,841 51,004
Crime Prevention7,2746,917 6,581 6,178 6,721
Cycling**6,5516,268 6,626 6,334 5,742
Dentistry4,2133,416 3,485 2,910 3,135
Digital Technology03,014 9,383 9,344 8,768
Disabilities Awareness6,6906,204 6,153 5,833 5,239
Dog Care3,3512,955 2,666 2,414 2,661
Drafting1,4401,318 1,339 1,168 1,119
Electricity10,96810,460 10,035 9,762 9,245
Electronics8,7538,860 8,352 7,814 7,524
Emergency Preparedness***50,15346,069 47,879 47,004 43,351
Energy3,9893,669 3,190 2,955 2,749
Engineering10,44511,624 11,735 11,429 11,773
Entrepreneurship1,9002,496 2,927 3,365 3,473
Environmental Science****71,60967,218 63,783 60,026 55,703
Exploration00 – – 2,090
Family Life*55,08049,516 51,008 50,177 48,774
Farm Mechanics2,4212,486 2,244 2,368 2,307
Fingerprinting45,14043,820 43,743 40,700 38,989
Fire Safety12,98812,395 12,782 12,257 11,746
First Aid*87,47780,917 80,716 75,256 69,563
Fish & Wildlife Management13,41113,749 13,164 12,647 11,615
Fishing29,78828,119 26,050 25,256 24,343
Fly Fishing4,6904,537 3,981 4,577 4,597
Forestry14,87414,465 12,905 12,519 11,456
Game Design2,65711,853 12,313 13,689 13,810
Gardening1,9721,641 1,582 1,375 1,450
Genealogy5,7405,474 5,316 4,570 5,213
Geocaching17,03116,785 15,582 15,210 12,604
Geology22,10321,282 22,180 18,516 18,674
Golf4,9213,955 3,826 3,605 3,248
Graphic Arts3,1403,189 3,356 3,251 3,066
Hiking**7,8567,344 6,967 7,485 7,084
Home Repairs3,7903,866 3,288 3,325 3,432
Horsemanship10,97711,905 10,878 9,457 8,641
Indian Lore24,53522,997 22,241 18,234 17,003
Insect Study3,6133,164 3,550 2,341 2,644
Inventing2,7042,902 3,369 2,834 3,296
Journalism945955 1,037 970 1,127
Kayaking36,21735,533 34,054 33,137 30,466
Landscape Architecture1,8721,496 1,434 1,494 1,483
Law6,9465,463 5,633 5,226 5,402
Leatherwork44,34442,565 40,805 37,920 35,490
Lifesaving***25,94524,474 23,983 22,382 20,748
Mammal Study24,06424,060 23,427 21,303 18,715
Medicine3,9903,725 3,807 3,767 3,561
Metalwork13,25912,949 12,340 12,639 12,990
Mining in Society03,519 4,613 4,224 4,673
Model Design and Building3,6282,612 2,795 2,770 2,564
Motor Boating11,01210,748 9,880 9,515 9,517
Moviemaking06,195 10,064 10,851 9,262
Music14,22312,903 12,369 11,689 10,592
Nature16,16415,046 14,679 13,635 11,586
Nuclear Science7,6666,657 6,728 7,005 6,702
Oceanography10,7699,991 9,892 8,499 7,763
Orienteering16,90916,871 15,642 13,753 11,742
Painting4,9114,346 4,245 3,829 3,222
Personal Fitness*56,29550,693 52,499 52,079 50,428
Personal Management*53,27348,299 51,105 50,251 49,287
Pets5,6594,821 4,645 4,278 4,289
Photography17,80017,804 16,931 15,142 13,550
Pioneering19,52518,117 17,341 15,959 13,870
Plant Science2,7122,680 2,922 2,363 2,107
Plumbing5,1784,982 4,960 4,510 4,398
Pottery9,8699,050 8,384 8,230 7,940
Programming4802,970 3,577 4,085 4,138
Public Health2,0061,821 1,780 1,837 1,798
Public Speaking7,2897,091 7,793 7,497 7,035
Pulp and Paper7,0346,250 7,379 6,081 6,879
Radio7,2086,665 6,709 6,442 5,840
Railroading7,1916,694 7,651 6,599 6,663
Reading5,2164,712 4,179 3,574 3,524
Reptile and Amphibian Study8,4837,547 6,700 6,411 6,053
Rifle Shooting47,05445,839 43,196 41,444 37,796
Robotics13,40113,708 13,700 14,264 15,031
Rowing10,94410,557 9,995 9,408 8,239
Safety4,3493,778 3,937 4,267 3,280
Salesmanship6,4386,648 6,412 6,031 5,908
Scholarship5,9565,362 4,911 4,316 4,171
Scouting Heritage5,6605,572 5,558 5,266 5,916
Scuba Diving2,3701,989 2,135 1,792 1,842
Sculpture11,4939,887 10,042 8,900 8,715
Search and Rescue10,55212,359 11,725 10,361 10,107
Shotgun Shooting24,60323,970 21,895 20,912 19,703
Signs, Signals and Codes00 3,453 8,025 7,364
Skating2,4062,010 1,972 1,953 1,785
Small Boat Sailing16,85716,511 15,092 14,108 14,182
Snow Sports9,1348,227 7,251 7,177 7,267
Soil and Water Conservation11,69711,296 10,437 10,341 9,484
Space Exploration23,29022,625 21,607 20,137 18,994
Sports8,9508,032 8,272 7,626 6,556
Stamp Collecting1,131863 996 793 954
Surveying1,3071,065 879 1,028 863
Sustainability ****5905,428 6,625 6,813 7,295
Swimming**72,94672,503 71,821 67,446 62,057
Textile4,6733,694 3,225 2,480 2,205
Theater2,3202,273 2,665 2,543 2,332
Traffic Safety7,5827,088 5,604 6,072 5,689
Truck Transportation2,8472,182 2,157 2,391 2,466
Veterinary Medicine3,4552,875 2,764 2,580 2,451
Water Sports3,9353,594 3,389 3,123 2,966
Weather15,95815,846 14,622 12,665 12,690
Welding10,91911,061 11,019 10,737 10,656
Whitewater3,2523,565 2,888 3,476 2,832
Wilderness Survival43,15840,395 37,581 35,221 30,814
Wood Carving41,12038,749 36,890 34,938 32,943
Woodwork5,6025,198 5,242 4,975 5,212
Total 2,110,848 2,077,550 2,011,860 1,919,912 1,813,834
  • * On required list for Eagle Rank
  • ** Required for Eagle (must complete Cycling, Hiking or Swimming)
  • *** Required for Eagle (must complete Emergency Preparedness or Lifesaving)
  • **** Required for Eagle (must complete Environmental Science or Sustainability)

The raw numbers: Lifetime rankings

Note: This list includes only merit badges that could be earned in 2017.

Also, the rankings are interesting but don’t tell the whole story. A merit badge released more recently will rank lower than one of the original 1911 merit badges.

For example, Home Repairs is No. 17 lifetime, but it was released in 1943. Kayaking is nearly nine times more popular today, but its 2012 release hurts its overall popularity.

RankMerit Badge 1911 to 2017 
1First Aid* 7,207,435
2Swimming** 6,516,091
3Camping* 4,821,459
4Cooking* 4,512,897
5Citizenship in the Community* 3,614,538
6Citizenship in the Nation* 3,372,766
7Canoeing 3,107,435
8Lifesaving*** 3,104,521
9Safety 2,946,498
10Environmental Science**** 2,892,099
11Personal Fitness* 2,654,233
12Fire Safety 2,644,437
13Leatherwork 2,561,294
14Basketry 2,487,721
15Pioneering 2,460,378
16Citizenship in the World* 2,444,210
17Home Repairs 2,425,215
18Wood Carving 2,392,429
19Communication* 2,215,736
20Fishing 2,064,598
21Emergency Preparedness*** 1,975,563
22Personal Management* 1,962,629
23Fingerprinting 1,797,830
24Rowing 1,745,480
25Wilderness Survival 1,738,944
26Archery 1,720,443
27Nature 1,705,342
28Public Health 1,523,060
29Reading 1,494,321
30Rifle Shooting 1,450,415
31Art 1,377,741
32Music 1,353,407
33Hiking** 1,351,753
34Family Life* 1,310,304
35Scholarship 1,290,112
36Mammal Study 1,258,793
37Indian Lore 1,255,346
38Forestry 1,187,825
39Metalwork 1,172,608
40Sports 1,167,843
41Soil and Water Conservation 1,152,507
42Athletics 1,074,488
43Woodwork 987,355
44Orienteering 858,278
45Electricity 833,847
46Geology 706,492
47Small Boat Sailing 695,691
48Fish & Wildlife Management 690,634
49Astronomy 688,017
50Pets 671,875
51Horsemanship 670,695
52Reptile and Amphibian Study 667,266
53Public Speaking 664,828
54Aviation 648,491
55Space Exploration 620,609
56Weather 617,935
57Motor Boating 615,250
58Bird Study 597,936
59Cycling** 593,880
60Shotgun Shooting 582,790
61Painting 573,420
62Photography 551,132
63Computers 521,055
64Coin Collecting 509,924
65Climbing 477,611
66Snow Sports 472,913
67Dog Care 439,203
68Pottery 408,505
69Plumbing 405,246
70Stamp Collecting 392,250
71Gardening 391,920
72Chemistry 382,136
73Salesmanship 343,181
74Sculpture 330,065
75Oceanography 314,500
76Water Sports 259,532
77Railroading 258,268
78Genealogy 246,737
79Electronics 240,195
80Model Design and Building 228,305
81Drafting 228,284
82Farm Mechanics 227,721
83Architecture 226,691
84Backpacking 225,710
85Law 201,026
86Automotive Maintenance 197,999
87Nuclear Science 194,171
88Radio 191,473
89Kayaking 191,172
90Engineering 181,473
91Skating 179,070
92Archaeology 177,844
93Golf 177,449
94Traffic Safety 174,936
95American Heritage 174,868
96Insect Study 173,618
97Bugling 171,499
98Chess 169,451
99Crime Prevention 156,148
100Surveying 154,418
101Collections 153,755
102Textile 150,920
103Dentistry 144,914
104Truck Transportation 144,591
105Disabilities Awareness 138,701
106Pulp and Paper 134,946
107Geocaching 119,875
108Journalism 109,516
109Cinematography 106,447
110Whitewater 97,648
111Theater 91,202
112Energy 89,287
113Robotics 88,773
114Landscape Architecture 86,122
115Veterinary Medicine 83,880
116Medicine 83,683
117American Cultures 74,518
118Animal Science 73,191
119Graphic Arts 60,616
120Welding 58,414
121Search and Rescue 55,829
122American Business 54,967
123Game Design 54,322
124Plant Science 52,193
125Scouting Heritage 43,587
126Fly Fishing 40,334
127Moviemaking 36,372
128Entrepreneurship 32,207
129Digital Technology 30,509
130Sustainability **** 26,751
131American Labor 25,627
132Inventing 20,592
133Signs, Signals and Codes 18,842
134Scuba Diving 18,829
135Composite Materials 18,432
136Mining in Society 17,029
137Programming 15,250
138Animation 11,198
139Exploration 2,090
Total 125,111,691

The raw numbers: Percent change rankings

Merit Badge20162017Rise/Fall
Stamp Collecting 793 95420.3%
Animation 4,637 5,46217.8%
Inventing 2,834 3,29616.3%
Journalism 970 1,12716.2%
Genealogy 4,570 5,21314.1%
Architecture 3,230 3,65413.1%
Pulp and Paper 6,081 6,87913.1%
Insect Study 2,341 2,64412.9%
Scouting Heritage 5,266 5,91612.3%
American Heritage 4,952 5,49611.0%
American Labor 812 90111.0%
Mining in Society 4,224 4,67310.6%
Collections 3,753 4,14010.3%
Dog Care 2,414 2,66110.2%
Crime Prevention 6,178 6,7218.8%
Dentistry 2,910 3,1357.7%
Sustainability **** 6,813 7,2957.1%
Gardening 1,375 1,4505.5%
Robotics 14,264 15,0315.4%
Woodwork 4,975 5,2124.8%
American Cultures 2,218 2,2983.6%
Law 5,226 5,4023.4%
Home Repairs 3,325 3,4323.2%
Entrepreneurship 3,365 3,4733.2%
Truck Transportation 2,391 2,4663.1%
Engineering 11,429 11,7733.0%
Scuba Diving 1,792 1,8422.8%
Metalwork 12,639 12,9902.8%
Programming 4,085 4,1381.3%
Snow Sports 7,177 7,2671.3%
Railroading 6,599 6,6631.0%
Game Design 13,689 13,8100.9%
Geology 18,516 18,6740.9%
Basketry 15,282 15,4060.8%
Small Boat Sailing 14,108 14,1820.5%
Fly Fishing 4,577 4,5970.4%
Pets 4,278 4,2890.3%
Weather 12,665 12,6900.2%
Motor Boating 9,515 9,5170.0%
Animal Science 3,852 3,848-0.1%
Landscape Architecture 1,494 1,483-0.7%
Welding 10,737 10,656-0.8%
Aviation 14,477 14,347-0.9%
Reading 3,574 3,524-1.4%
Chess 27,416 26,919-1.8%
Personal Management* 50,251 49,287-1.9%
Salesmanship 6,031 5,908-2.0%
Sculpture 8,900 8,715-2.1%
Public Health 1,837 1,798-2.1%
American Business 627 613-2.2%
Search and Rescue 10,361 10,107-2.5%
Plumbing 4,510 4,398-2.5%
Farm Mechanics 2,368 2,307-2.6%
Family Life* 50,177 48,774-2.8%
Personal Fitness* 52,079 50,428-3.2%
Scholarship 4,316 4,171-3.4%
Pottery 8,230 7,940-3.5%
Fishing 25,256 24,343-3.6%
Electronics 7,814 7,524-3.7%
Astronomy 16,355 15,702-4.0%
Fire Safety 12,257 11,746-4.2%
Drafting 1,168 1,119-4.2%
Fingerprinting 40,700 38,989-4.2%
Nuclear Science 7,005 6,702-4.3%
Bird Study 5,199 4,965-4.5%
Coin Collecting 4,135 3,930-5.0%
Camping* 53,534 50,871-5.0%
Veterinary Medicine 2,580 2,451-5.0%
Water Sports 3,123 2,966-5.0%
Automotive Maintenance 10,748 10,205-5.1%
Bugling 479 454-5.2%
Electricity 9,762 9,245-5.3%
Hiking** 7,485 7,084-5.4%
Communication* 53,367 50,503-5.4%
Medicine 3,767 3,561-5.5%
Reptile and Amphibian Study 6,411 6,053-5.6%
Space Exploration 20,137 18,994-5.7%
Chemistry 10,865 10,248-5.7%
Graphic Arts 3,251 3,066-5.7%
Wood Carving 34,938 32,943-5.7%
Shotgun Shooting 20,912 19,703-5.8%
Citizenship in the World* 59,363 55,917-5.8%
Public Speaking 7,497 7,035-6.2%
Digital Technology 9,344 8,768-6.2%
Art 22,990 21,567-6.2%
Citizenship in the Community* 51,975 48,736-6.2%
Traffic Safety 6,072 5,689-6.3%
Leatherwork 37,920 35,490-6.4%
Indian Lore 18,234 17,003-6.8%
Archaeology 7,388 6,876-6.9%
Energy 2,955 2,749-7.0%
Environmental Science**** 60,026 55,703-7.2%
Lifesaving*** 22,382 20,748-7.3%
Model Design and Building 2,770 2,564-7.4%
First Aid* 75,256 69,563-7.6%
Emergency Preparedness*** 47,004 43,351-7.8%
Canoeing 28,288 26,052-7.9%
Swimming** 67,446 62,057-8.0%
Kayaking 33,137 30,466-8.1%
Fish & Wildlife Management 12,647 11,615-8.2%
Signs, Signals and Codes 8,025 7,364-8.2%
Soil and Water Conservation 10,341 9,484-8.3%
Theater 2,543 2,332-8.3%
Forestry 12,519 11,456-8.5%
Citizenship in the Nation* 57,919 52,949-8.6%
Skating 1,953 1,785-8.6%
Horsemanship 9,457 8,641-8.6%
Oceanography 8,499 7,763-8.7%
Cooking* 55,841 51,004-8.7%
Rifle Shooting 41,444 37,796-8.8%
Radio 6,442 5,840-9.3%
Cycling** 6,334 5,742-9.3%
Music 11,689 10,592-9.4%
Golf 3,605 3,248-9.9%
Disabilities Awareness 5,833 5,239-10.2%
Archery 39,419 35,301-10.4%
Photography 15,142 13,550-10.5%
Plant Science 2,363 2,107-10.8%
Textile 2,480 2,205-11.1%
Backpacking 3,963 3,498-11.7%
Athletics 3,125 2,754-11.9%
Composite Materials 1,597 1,407-11.9%
Mammal Study 21,303 18,715-12.1%
Rowing 9,408 8,239-12.4%
Wilderness Survival 35,221 30,814-12.5%
Pioneering 15,959 13,870-13.1%
Climbing 21,171 18,356-13.3%
Sports 7,626 6,556-14.0%
Orienteering 13,753 11,742-14.6%
Moviemaking 10,851 9,262-14.6%
Nature 13,635 11,586-15.0%
Painting 3,829 3,222-15.9%
Surveying 1,028 863-16.1%
Geocaching 15,210 12,604-17.1%
Whitewater 3,476 2,832-18.5%
Safety 4,267 3,280-23.1%
Exploration n/a 2,090 n/a

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