Core Merit Badges
To become an Eagle Scout the candidate must have completed a total 21 merit badges. There is a lot more to advancement in Scouting then just ticking through a list of Merit Badges to complete. But Merit Badges are a big part of the experience.
There are currently a total of 137 merit badges sanctioned by Scouts BSA. The following is the list of Merit Badges that are required to become an Eagle Scout.
List of Eagle Merit Badges
Citizenship in the World
Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving*
Environmental Science OR Sustainability*
Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling*
*The three categories with asterisks can be satisfied by completing any one of the two or three merit badges listed on the same line. You are certainly welcome to complete all of the listed Merit Badges, but that is not a required.