American Cultures, Digital Technology, Game Design and Nuclear Science are among over 100 merit badges available to boy scouts in 2015. Traditional options, such as Camping, Wilderness Survival, Swimming and Wood Carving remain among the areas of interest included in the Boy Scouts of America listing of merit badges.
Requirements, Scout related resources, reference materials and a merit badge counselor are provided for each badge. The American Cultures merit badge requires that a scout actively engage in the activities of three different cultural groups, reflect on his experiences and share what he's learned with others through a formal presentation.
The Digital Technology badge requires a broad understanding of technology. The scout must explain his understanding of various technological concepts and put his knowledge to work creating three specific products. Additionally, the badge requires knowledge of related security concerns and their importance. Game Design also requires proof of fundamental knowledge and has the scout creating an original game. Another requirement for these badges is to research and report on related career opportunities. Nuclear Science requires the scout to create two products, for example an electroscope and cloud chamber, and evidence of knowledge of related terminology, scientific processes and career options.
The Boy Scout's top rank of Eagle Scout is achieved by earning merit badges in addition to a variety of other challenges.