Nerd Merit Badges

Inbox Zero Merit Badge (from

So, I was a Boy Scout… but I never got the opportunity to get these merit badges!

From the Inbox Zero merit badge (for those you’ve reached an empty e-mail inbox) to the Homonyms badge (for those that know the differences between to, too, and two, these merit badges allow you to show off your Eagle Scout level geekiness.  You can even get a nerd merit badge sash to display them!

(Bonus:  These are inspired by the Science Scouts – or O.O.T.S.S.O.E.R.A.A.A.P. for those in the know – who create merit badge images such as The “I have survived dangerously inclement weather in the name of science” badge and The “I’m a scientist but people tell me I look like a celebrity” badge.)

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