Here are the requirements for a merit badge in Photography from the 1948 (Fifth Ed., First Printing) Handbook for Boys [the main manual for the scouts, JDM], pp. 503-4: Photography Show that he is thoroughly familiar with the essential parts of a camera and explain the purpose of each of the following: finder, lens, shutter, diaphragm opening, bellows, focusing scale. Understand the basic principles of composition, selection of background and handling of light and shade. Name the chemicals found in one standard developing solution and one fixing solution, and explain their purpose. Submit six good quality pictures taken, developed and printed by himself, putting into practice his knowledge of the principles in Requirement No. 2. (Not more than two pictures may be submitted from any one of the following groups, and the collection must include one from each group.) GROUP A.. Landscape or water pictures. GROUP B: Groups of persons or street scenes. GROUP C: Person, domestic animal or bird; wild animal or bird. GROUP D.. Architectural subjects. Can you do all these things? BTW, there was also a merit badge for Stalking, but unlike Photography, it was only available to First-Class Scouts and upper ranks.