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Top 5 merit badges Superman would have no trouble earning

They call him the “Big Blue Boy Scout,” so it’s no stretch to imagine the Man of Steel earning merit badges.

In honor of this week’s release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I thought I’d share the top five merit badges Superman would have no trouble earning.

(What about Batman? I’ve got that list right here.)

Here’s Superman’s list. Disagree with one I included? Have a better one? Sound off in the comments.


As someone who is “more powerful than a locomotive,” Superman seems a natural fit for the Railroading merit badge, which teaches Scouts all about trains and the modern railroad industry.


Super speed and super strength make the Athletics merit badge almost too easy for Superman. He’s “faster than a speeding bullet,” so imagine the shock on the merit badge counselor’s face when Superman posts a world record time in the 5K run.

The only trouble: Once you’re out-of-this-world fast, it’s tough to “show improvement over a three-month period” as Scouts who earn this one must do. How do you go faster than fast?

space_exploration_smSpace Exploration

Hailing from the planet Krypton, Superman knows a thing or two about the topics covered in the Space Exploration merit badge. He’s been there. Literally.

Scouts who earn this one design and draw an inhabited base on another world, another requirement that wouldn’t tax Superman’s imagination.


Hello, X-ray vision. Superman’s ability to see through rock and dirt pretty much ensures he’d be your go-to guy at an archaeological site — a place visited by Scouts who earn the Archaeology merit badge.

No blindly digging around for this red-and-blue hero. He’ll tell you exactly where to dig and what you’ll find there.

personal_management_smPersonal Management

Superman would surely scoff at the idea of this requirement in the Personal Management merit badge: “Demonstrate to your merit badge counselor your understanding of time management.”

The best way to maximize time, he might tell the counselor, is to fly around the earth fast enough that it starts spinning in the opposite direction, thereby reversing time.

Yeah, he’d be that guy.

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13 Comments on Top 5 merit badges Superman would have no trouble earning

  1. In Superman: The Movie, Superman did not reverse the direction of the Earth’s spin to reverse the flow of time.

    He flew faster than light, causing time to move backwards. When time is moving backwards, the Earth appears to spin the other way, cars fall out of gaping chasms, and big rocks fall up onto hillsides off of ladies in distress.

    • Animal Science Merit Badge

    • I cane to post this, but you already had. Good job. 🙂

      Also, railroading is a silly one. Stronger than a locomotive, so he knows ask about trains? How about welding instead? You know, with his heat vision. I’m sure he’s actually welded before.

  2. I’m sure Clark Kent would have no problem earning Journalism merit badge. 😉

  3. And after often being confused for a bird and a plane… I’m sure Bird Study and Aviation would be easy ones too. ;:

  4. Shannon Whelan // March 24, 2016 at 1:38 pm // Reply

    It’s a bird..It’s a plane….It’s Superman! Bird Study and Aviation would be easy ones too.

    • Bryan Wendell // March 24, 2016 at 1:50 pm // Reply

      Ah good point!

  5. Bob Sliney // March 24, 2016 at 3:28 pm // Reply

    His heat vision makes him a cinch for earning his Fireman Chit. And after that, Cooking Merit Badge would be a breeze!

  6. I thought welding merit badge would be good too with his laser beam eyes.

    • Bryan Wendell // March 25, 2016 at 8:45 am // Reply

      Ha! That’s great.

  7. Brian Luffman // March 25, 2016 at 4:55 pm // Reply

    Citizenship,in the world should be spot on.

  8. Bob Berkheiser // March 29, 2016 at 8:47 am // Reply

    Batman would certainly earn the Climbing merit badge!

  9. Since the Movie was horrible – can we take them back from him?

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