Merit Badges Will Be Going Mobile With New iPhone App

Beginning in early 2011, Boy Scouts will be able to manage their merit badges with an interactive application for the Apple iPhone. The application which will be available for $1.99 through the iTunes Store, will let Scouts review merit badge requirements, keep track of their progress by requirement, and even share their success on Facebook.

“Boys are notoriously bad at paperwork and famously good at technology. This app will help Scouts keep up with their advancement and undoubtedly spur them on to achieve even more,” said Bob Wiemers, team leader for Publishing & Printing Solutions.

The app’s home screen shows the total number of badges the Scout has completed and started. With a few taps, he can check the requirements for any badge, find links to related websites and resources, and record the requirements he has completed. He can also post his results to Facebook from within the application.

If a Scout has already purchased The Boy Scout Handbook – Boy Scouts of America app, which appeared in 2009, it will automatically be imported into the new app. The handbook app is also available for purchase through the merit badge app for $7.99.

The merit badge app is about more than just merit badges. It also includes an RSS aggregator that pushes Scouting news to the owner’s phone.

Source: ProSpeak Best Practices Dec 2010

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It was unclear in the article exactly who is the publisher. Is this finally a BSA app? Or just another third party app? I.e., is BSA behind Publishing & Printing Solutions?
We already have a third party app that works great. My Badges by has a personal, 99 cent edition, and also has a premier edition that can handle a family, patrol, or troop, and all the component requirements of each merit badge.
What would be a great development would be a system linking individual iPhones or Androids with the troop and the council in one integrated system. Now THAT would be an advance.

By Bill Spencer on December 16th, 2010 at 12:14 am

@Bill – This will be an actual BSA product, like The Boy Scout Handbook app. Publishing & Printing Solutions is a division at the National BSA office.

By Dan on December 16th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

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Just trying to get a more definitive date on when the app will be released. Any news there? Are we talking early as in January, or Marchish +? Thanks for your time.

By Jack on January 10th, 2011 at 2:41 pm


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