Advanced Advancement Planning

The following table is a list of merit badges which are required for various awards along with a reference to whether it can be earned at summer camp.

This might be useful to a Scout who wants to plan to earn Nova Awards, the Supernova Awards, and the National Outdoor Awards.  It might also be useful when planning for summer camp, and referencing which merit badges might count for multiple awards.

Merit Badge Nova Supernova National Outdoor Adventure Many Point Scout Camp Tomahawk Scout Camp Eagle Required
American Business  Next Big Thing / Designed to Crunch          
Animal Science  Let It Grow! / Mendel's Minions Yes        
Animal Science    Yes        
Archaeology   Yes   2021    
Archery  Shoot! / Whoosh!     2021 2021  
Architecture  Next Big Thing Yes        
Art       2021 2021  
Astronomy  Shoot! Yes   2021 2021*  
Athletics  Shoot!          
Automotive Maintenance  Start Your Engines! Yes        
Aviation  Shoot! / Start Your Engines! / Whoosh! / Up and Away Yes        
Backpacking     Hiking      
Basketry       2021 2021  
Bird Study  Mendel's Minions Yes     2021*  
Camping     Camping 2021 2021 Yes
Canoeing  Start Your Engines! / Up and Away   Aquatics 2021 2021  
Chemistry  Splash! / Up and Away Yes   2021    
Chess  Designed to Crunch     2021 2021  
Citizenship in the Nation       2021   Yes
Climbing       2021 2021  
Communications       2021   Yes
Composite Materials  Whoosh! / Next Big Thing Yes        
Computers  Designed to Crunch          
Cooking Let It Grow!   Camping 2021 2021 Yes
Cycling Start Your Engines!   Riding 2021 2021 Yes
Dentistry   Yes        
Digital Technology Hello World / Next Big Thing / Designed to Crunch Yes        
Drafting Next Big Thing / Start Your Engines! / Whoosh! / Designed to Crunch Yes        
Electricity  Start Your Engines! Yes     2021  
Electronics  Whoosh! / Next Big Thing Yes     2021  
Emergency Preparedness     Adventure 2021 2021 Yes
Energy  Splash! / Start Your Engines! Yes        
Engineering  Splash! / Whoosh! / Next Big Thing Yes        
Entrepreneurship  Designed to Crunch          
Environmental Science Splash! Yes Conservation 2021 2021 Yes
Farm Mechanics  Let It Grow! / Start Your Engines! Yes        
Fingerprinting       2021    
First Aid     Camping 2021 2021 Yes
Fish and Wildlife Management  Let It Grow! / Splash! Yes Conservation 2021    
Fishing  Let It Grow! / Splash!   Aquatics 2021 2021  
Fly-Fishing  Splash!   Aquatics   2021  
Forestry Splash! / Let It Grow! / Mendel's Minions Yes   2021 2021*  
Game Design Shoot! Yes   2021    
Gardening  Let It Grow! / Mendel's Minions Yes        
Geocaching   Yes Hiking 2021    
Geology  Splash! Yes   2021 2021*  
Hiking     Hiking 2021   Yes
Horsemanship     Riding   2021  
Indian Lore       2021    
Insect Study Mendel's Minions / Let It Grow! Yes   2021    
Inventing  Whoosh! / Next Big Thing Yes        
Kayaking  Start Your Engines! / Up and Away   Aquatics 2021 2021  
Leatherwork       2021 2021  
Lifesaving     Aquatics 2021 2021 Yes
Mammal Study  Let It Grow! / Mendel's Minions Yes Conservation 2021 2021*  
Medicine  Mendel's Minions Yes        
Metalwork         2021  
Mining in Society  Whoosh! Yes        
Model Design and Building  Whoosh! / Next Big Thing          
Motorboating  Start Your Engines!   Riding      
Music         2021  
Nature  Let It Grow! / Splash! / Mendel's Minions Yes   2021 2021  
Nuclear Science  Start Your Engines! Yes        
Oceanography  Splash! / Up and Away Yes        
Orienteering  Designed to Crunch   Hiking 2021    
Personal Fitness       2021 2021 Yes
Personal Management Designed to Crunch         Yes
Photography         2021  
Pioneering
    Camping 2021 2021*  
Plant Science  Let It Grow! Yes        
Plumbing  Up and Away          
Pottery       2021    
Programming Start Your Engines! / Hello World Yes        
Public Health  Splash! / Mendel's Minions          
Pulp and Paper   Yes        
Radio  Designed to Crunch Yes   2021    
Railroading Whoosh! / Start Your Engines!          
Reptile and Amphibian Study  Mendel's Minions Yes   2021    
Rifle Shooting  Shoot! / Whoosh!     2021 2021  
Robotics  Shoot! / Hello World / Whoosh! Yes     2021  
Rowing  Up and Away   Aquatics 2021 2021*  
Scolarship   Yes        
Scuba Diving  Up and Away Yes Aquatics 2021    
Search & Rescue     Adventure 2021    
Shotgun Shooting Shoot! / Whoosh!     2021 2021  
Signs, Signals and Codes  Designed to Crunch Yes   2021    
Skating     Riding      
Small-Boat Sailing  Start Your Engines!   Aquatics 2021 2021  
Soil and Water Conservation  Splash! / Let It Grow! Yes Conservation 2021    
Space Exploration  Shoot! / Start Your Engines! Yes     2021  
Sports       2021    
Surveying  Designed to Crunch Yes        
Sustainability Shoot! / Splash! Yes Conservation     Yes
Swimming Up and Away   Aquatics 2021 2021 Yes
Truck Transportation  Start Your Engines!          
Veterinary Medicine  Mendel's Minions Yes        
Water Sports     Aquatics 2021    
Weather Designed to Crunch / Shoot! / Splash! Yes   2021 2021*  
Welding   Yes     2021  
Whitewater     Aquatics      
Wilderness Survival     Adventure 2021 2021  
Wildlife Management         2021  
Woodcarving       2021 2021  

 

Using this table, then, a Scout may decide, for example, that they want to earn the Supernova Award, and realize that to do that, they need to earn several Nova Awards.  If they also have an interest in Chemistry, they could find that by earning the Chemistry MB, they will satisfy requirements for Splash! Nova or Up and Away Nova, and Supernova.  While a MB may not be used for more than one Nova Award, it may be used for a Nova and a Supernova Award.

Similarly, if a Scout is working on thier Eagle required MBs and has interest in the other awards, they may notice that Environmental Science MB is a requirement for Splash! Nova, Supernova, the Conservation National Outdoor Adventure Award, and Eagle.  

Finally, if a Scout is attending a council camp, then they can use this table as a guide to select MBs that will help them complete requirements for the other awards.

Supernovas

If you have a goal of earning a Supernova Award, then the following infographic may help you plan your path to the award:

Supernova Infographic

Requirements for the Supernova Awards can be found on scouting.org.

Novas

If you have a goal of earning Nova Awards, then the following infographic may help you plan your path to the award:

Nova Infographic

Requirements for the Nova Awards can be found on scouting.org.

National Outdoor Award

If you have a goal of earning Natiional Outdoor Awards, then the following inforgraphic may help you plan your path to the award:

National Outdoor Award Infographic

Requirements for the National Outdoor Awards can be found on scouting.org.

Please talk to your Scoutmaster or Assistant Scoutmaster if you would like help planning your adventure!