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"... the program provides the opportunity to complete requirements for the kayaking and small-boat handling merit badges that are needed for advancement in the ranks of scouting. "

Those merit badges are not 'needed' for advancement. They are part of the 100+/- elective merit badges. The 13 merit badges required for Eagle can be found at http://www.meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Eagle_Scout_rank#Eagle_Scout_rank_requirements.

Jim Forsythe

The 13 merit badges required for Eagle .You can not get Eagle with out other badge s These badges can fulfill this requirement so they can be the other badges that are required.

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