Badges of Honour

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Badges of Honour

Badges of Honour are also given for certain tests. These are worn on the right arm below the elbow.
  • Signalling: ability to read and send Morse or semaphore message, twenty letters a minute.
  • First Aid: for passing the St. John Ambulance tests in First Aid.
  • Stalking: series of twelve photos of wild animals taken from life by the scout and developed and printed by himself.
  • Merit: for twenty good marks for various good deeds.
— Lieut. Gen. Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting For Boys, 1908, 1st ed. London: C. Arthur Pearson Ltd.

This is an historical referencefrom 1908.

What were the Badges of Honour? These were the original merit badges. Baden-Powell was well aware of a boy's need to achieve. He filled this need by creating an advancement structure of levels (ranks) and badges of honor (merit badges).

While the Badges of Honour are no longer available, we still use this system of encouraged achievement in Scouting programs around the world. To review the current program used by the Boy Scouts of America, check out our Main Page.

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