Discontinued merit badges

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This is a list of merit badges formerly offered by the Boy Scouts of America. In some cases, the entire subject has been dropped from the merit badge roster. In others, the merit badge's name has been changed, with or without significant revision to the badge's requirements. In 2010, in celebration of Scouting's 100th anniversary, four historical merit badges were reintroduced for one year only as part of the 2010 Historic Merit Badge ProgramCarpentry, Pathfinding, Signaling, and Tracking (formerly Stalking). Bugling merit badge was briefly discontinued in 2010 but reinstated after complaints from volunteers.


"Scouts may not begin working on discontinued merit badges. If actual effort has already begun by the time discontinuation becomes effective, and work actively continues, then the badge may be completed and can count toward rank advancement, but presentation of the badge itself will be subject to national inventory. It is a misconception that discontinued merit badges may be earned as long as the patch and requirements can be found."
Source: BSA Guide To Advancement, Section 7.0.4.4: Discontinued Merit Badges


Group Merit badge Created Discontinued Notes
Aviation Aviation (original)19111941Replaced by Aerodynamics and Aeronautics
Aerodynamics19411952Replaced by the current Aviation
Aeronautics1941
Airplane Design1942
Airplane Structure1942
Automotive Automobiling19111963Replaced by Automotive Safety
Automotive Safety19621975Replaced by Traffic Safety
Auto Mechanics19922009Renamed Automotive Maintenance
Seamanship Seamanship19111964Split into Motorboating and Small-Boat Sailing
Plant cultivation Agriculture19111975Replaced by Animal Science and Plant Science
Landscape Gardening19301958Replaced by Landscaping
Landscaping19591966Replaced by Landscape Architecture
Fruit Culture19281952Replaced by Fruit and Nut Growing
Nut Culture1928
Citrus Fruit Culture1931
Grasses, Legumes, and Forage Crops19381958Replaced by Forage Crops
Small Grains and Cereal Foods19411958Replaced by Small Grains
Corn Farming19281975Replaced by Plant Science
Cotton Farming1931
Forage Crops1959
Fruit and Nut Growing1953
Small Grains1959
Food Systems19781987
Agribusiness Farm Home and Its Planning19281959Replaced by Farm Arrangement
Farm Layout and Building Arrangementby 1928unknown
Farm Records and Bookkeeping19281958Replaced by Farm Records
Farm Records19591979Replaced by Farm and Ranch Management
Farm Arrangement19601973Replaced by Farm Arrangements
Farm Arrangements19741979Replaced by Farm and Ranch Management
Farm and Ranch Management19791987Replaced by Agribusiness
Agribusiness19871995Discontinued
Animal husbandry Poultry Farming19111913Replaced by Poultry Keeping
Hog and Pork Production19281958Replaced by Hog Production
Pigeon Raising19331980Discontinued
Rabbit Raising19431993Discontinued
Animal Industry19281975Replaced by Animal Science
Dairying19111975
Beef Production19281975
Sheep Farming19281975
Poultry Keeping19141974
Hog Production19591975
Beefarming19111914Renamed Bee Keeping
Bee Keeping19151955Renamed Beekeeping
Beekeeping19551995Discontinued
Business and Industry Business19111966Replaced by American Business
Invention19111915Discontinued
Textiles19271972Replaced by Textile
Bookbinding19271987Merged into Graphic Arts
Consumer Buying19751995Discontinued in 1995
Building Carpentry19111952Discontinued in 1952, reintroduced for 2010 only
Wood Turning19301952Discontinued
Handicraft19111942Replaced by Home Repairs
Machinery19111995Discontinued
Mechanical Drawing19331964Replaced by Drafting
Masonry19111995Discontinued
Cement Work19271952Discontinued
Blacksmithing19111952Discontinued
Foundry Practice19231952Discontinued
Metallurgy19651971Replaced by Metals Engineering
Metals Engineering19721995Discontinued
Craftsmanship19111927Replaced by Basketry, Bookbinding, Cement Work, Leathercraft, Metalwork, Pottery, Wood Carving, and Woodwork
Citizenship Civics19111946Replaced by Citizenship
Citizenship19471951Replaced by Citizenship in the Home, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and World Brotherhood
Citizenship in the Home19521972Discontinued in 1972, replaced by Family Life in 1992
World Brotherhood19521972Replaced by Citizenship in the World
Interpreting19111952Merged into World Brotherhood
Conservation Conservation19111952Replaced by Wildlife Management
Conservation of Natural Resources19661974Replaced by Environmental Science
Soil Management19281952Replaced by Soil and Water Conservation
Wildlife Management19521972Replaced by Fish and Wildlife Management
Leatherwork Leatherworking19111927Replaced by Leathercraft
Leathercraft19271952Replaced by Leatherwork
Marksmanship Marksmanship19111966Replaced by Rifle and Shotgun Shooting
Rifle and Shotgun Shooting19671987Replaced by Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting
Outdoor sports Angling19111951Renamed Fishing
Skiing19381999Replaced by Snow Sports
Waterskiing19692007Replaced by Water Sports
Communications Signaling19111992Discontinued in 1992, reintroduced for 2010 only
Printing19111981Replaced Printing/Communication
Printing/Communication19821989Merged into Graphic Arts
Wireless19191923Replaced by Radio
Dramatics19321966Replaced by Theater
Safety Firemanship19111995Replaced Fireman, replaced by Fire Safety
Safety First19161926Replaced by Safety
Scoutcraft Pathfinding19111952Discontinued in 1952, reintroduced for 2010 only
Stalkling Stalking19151952Discontinued, reintroduced as Tracking for 2010 only
Science
Mining19111937Replaced by Rocks and Minerals
Rocks and Minerals19371953Replaced by Geology
First Aid to Animals19111995Replaced by Veterinary Science
Veterinary Science19731995Replaced by Veterinary Medicine
Ornithology19111915Replaced by Bird Study
Botany19211995Discontinued
Insect Life19231984Replaced by Insect Study
Reptiles19231927Replaced by Reptile Study
Reptile Study19271993Replaced by Reptile and Amphibian Study
Zoology19301972Replaced by General Science and Mammals
General Science19721995Discontinued
Mammals19721984Replaced by Mammal Study
Taxidermy19111952Discontinued
Atomic Energy19632005Replaced by Nuclear Science
Personal Development Personal Finances19621971Replaced by Personal Management
Personal Health19111952Replaced by Personal Fitness
Physical Development19141952
Handicapped Awareness19801984Replaced by Handicap Awareness
Handicap Awareness19851993Replaced by Disabilities Awareness
Other Ambulance19101911Renamed to First Aid
Clerk19101911Renamed to Business
Cyclist19101911Replaced by Cycling
Electrician19101911Replaced by Electricity
Fireman19101911Replaced by Firemanship
Gardener19101911Replaced by Gardening
Horseman19101911Replaced by Horsemanship
Marksman19101911Replaced by Marksmanship
Master-at-Arms19101911Discontinued
Musician19101911Replaced by Music
Pioneer19101911Replaced by Pioneering
Seaman19101911Replaced by Seamanship
Stalker19101915Replaced by Stalking
Signaller19101911Replaced by Signaling

2010 Historic merit badges reissues

The following 2010 Historic (a.k.a. "Centennial") merit badges could be earned through December 31, 2010:

CarpentryPathfindingSignalingTracking

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