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;General Collecting Resources
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: [http://www.expertvillage.com/information_596_collecting.htm Videos on Collecting] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/329_card-collecting.htm Baseball Cards] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/3934_antiques-comics.htm Comics] - [http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/329_card-collecting.htm Business Cards ]
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:[http://www.collectorsinfo.com Collectors' Information Bureau] - [http://scouttrader.org Intr. Scouting Collectors Assn.] - [http://kids.si.edu/collecting Smithsonian Institution]
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;Butterfly Collecting Resources
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:[[Insect Study|Insect Study Merit Badge]] - [http://www.furman.edu/~snyder/snyder/lep Lepidopterists' Soc.] - [http://www.naba.org North American Butterfly Assn.]
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;Coin Collecting
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: [[Coin Collecting]] Merit Badge - ''Stamp and coin collecting are excluded from eligibility for this merit badge.''
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:[http://www.dccomics.com DC Comics] - [http://www.gemstonepub.com Gemstone Publishing] - [http://www.marvel.com Marvel Comics] - [http://www.moccany.com Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art]
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:[[Geology|Geology Merit Badge]] - [http://www.kgs.ukans.edu/AASG/AASG.html Assn. of American State Geologists] - [http://www.usgs.gov United States Geological Survey]
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:[http://www.beckett.com Beckett Publications] - [http://www.donruss.com Donruss] - [http://www.fleer.com Fleer Trading Cards] - [http://www.baptradingcards.com In the Game Inc.] - [http://www.topps.com Topps] - [http://www.upperdeck.com Upper Deck]
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: [[Stamp Collecting]] Merit Badge - ''Stamp and coin collecting are excluded from eligibility for this merit badge.''
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Resources include the Collections merit badge worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.  Prev  -  Next  

This is the Collections merit badge for Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers.
Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers can also earn the Coin Collecting and Stamp Collecting merit badges.
Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts can earn the Cub Scout Collecting belt loop and pin.

Collections merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1991
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 128
Requirements revision: 2009
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008

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Collecting can be an educational and financially rewarding pastime: a collector must educate himself about a specific subject, be able to tell which items are worth preserving, how to catalog and organize his collection, and how to evaluate the value of items.


Collections merit badge requirements

  1. Prepare a short written report or outline for your counselor, giving a detailed description of your collection,* including a short history. Be sure to include why you chose that particular type of collecting and what you enjoy and have learned from your collection.
  2. Explain the growth and development of your collection.
  3. Demonstrate your knowledge of preserving and displaying your collection.
    a. Explain the precautions that you need to take to preserve your collection, including
    1. Handling
    2. Cleaning
    3. Storage
    b. Explain how best to display your collection, keeping in mind preserving as discussed above.
    c. Explain to your counselor the events available for a hobbyist of this collection, including shows, seminars, conventions, contests, and museum programs or exhibits.
  4. Demonstrate your knowledge of collecting and investing. Discuss with your counselor:
    a. How investing and speculation would apply to your collection
    b. What you would look for in purchasing other collections similar to yours
    c. What you would expect in return value in the event you decided to sell all or part of the collection
  5. Do the following:
    a. Discuss with your counselor at least 10 terms commonly used in your collection and be prepared to discuss the definition of each.
    b. Show your counselor any two groups from your collection. Explain how you organized your collection and why you chose that method. (Note: if your collection is too large to transport and your counselor is unable to view your collection directly, photographs should be available to share.)
    c. Explain how your collection is valued by other collectors and display to your counselor any price guides that may be available.
    d. Explain how your collection is graded for value, physical defects, size and age. Show the various classifications or ratings used in your collection.
    e. List the national, state, or local association responsive to your collection.
    f. Show the location of and explain to your counselor the identification number (if applicable), series, brand name (if any),and any special identification marks.
  6. Discuss with your counselor the plans you have to continue with the collection in the future.
  7. Discuss with your counselor why and how collecting has changed and how this applies to your collection.
  8. Find out about career opportunities in collecting. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

* Stamp and coin collecting are excluded from eligibility for this merit badge.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 619576)

The text of these requirements is locked and can only be edited
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Please note any errors found in the above requirements on this article's Talk Page.


Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Collections is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Collections requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
  2. "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.


Requirement resources

General Collecting Resources
Videos on Collecting - Baseball Cards - Comics - Business Cards
Collectors' Information Bureau - Intr. Scouting Collectors Assn. - Smithsonian Institution
Butterfly Collecting Resources
Insect Study Merit Badge - Lepidopterists' Soc. - North American Butterfly Assn.
Coin Collecting
Coin Collecting Merit Badge - Stamp and coin collecting are excluded from eligibility for this merit badge.
Comic Book Collecting Resources
DC Comics - Gemstone Publishing - Marvel Comics - Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
Rock Collecting Resources
Geology Merit Badge - Assn. of American State Geologists - United States Geological Survey
Sports Card Collecting Resources
Beckett Publications - Donruss - Fleer Trading Cards - In the Game Inc. - Topps - Upper Deck
Stamp Collecting
Stamp Collecting Merit Badge - Stamp and coin collecting are excluded from eligibility for this merit badge.


Related awards

Hobby-related awards


See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal

General Merit Badge information


External links

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