Merit Badges

I didn't know there was a merit badge for that.

Merit badges are as old as the Scouting program.  Originally there were fourteen merit badges.  By the 1920s they were several dozen and the number needed to earn the Eagle rank was twenty-one.  That number holds today.  The badges started out being embroidered on square tan cloth and have changed in today's badges which are round rolled edge fully embroidered badges with plastic backing.  This one of the most extensive and exciting collecting areas of Scouting.  Our recommendation is to start with the style you would have earned as a youth and then expand out from there.  The collection guide from Fred Duersch is invaluable in this collecting area.  Get started today at Boy Scout Store.

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