Pamphlets for Boy Scout merit badges are available through local Scouting retailers. ScoutStuff.org, the Boy Scouts of America's official online retail site, also sells pamphlets.
Each merit badge has a pamphlet that outlines the badge's fulfillment requirements. While a scout does not need to have a pamphlet to earn a badge, the pamphlet suggests activities and demonstrations to help the scout earn a badge. Counselors use pamphlets to learn a scout's requirements and create projects that are not listed in the pamphlet.
The pamphlets are based on the Boy Scout requirements book. While the book is updated yearly, scouts who begin their merit badge projects before changes are made may complete their projects under the previous standards.