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In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America announced 14 "Badges of Merit" in the temporary "Original edition" of the BSA Handbook:
In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America announced 14 "Badges of Merit" in the temporary "Original edition" of the BSA Handbook:
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*Ambulance, Clerk, Cycling, Electrician, Fireman, Gardener, Horseman, Marksmanship, Master-of-Arms, Musician, Pioneering, Seamanship, Signaling, and Stalker
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In 1911, Master-of-Arms was dropped, 13 were retained (some with changed names), 44 new ones were added, and all became know as "Merit Badges".
In 1911, Master-of-Arms was dropped, 13 were retained (some with changed names), 44 new ones were added, and all became know as "Merit Badges".

Revision as of 17:53, December 4, 2010

In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America announced 14 "Badges of Merit" in the temporary "Original edition" of the BSA Handbook:

  1. Ambulance
  2. Clerk
  3. Cycling
  4. Electrician
  5. Fireman
  6. Gardener
  7. Horseman
  8. Marksmanship
  9. Master-of-Arms
  10. Musician
  11. Pioneering
  12. Seamanship
  13. Signaling
  14. Stalker


In 1911, Master-of-Arms was dropped, 13 were retained (some with changed names), 44 new ones were added, and all became know as "Merit Badges".


This is a list of the original 57 Merit Badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911, with the surviving 1910 "Badges of Merit" in bold:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Angling
  3. Archery
  4. Architecture
  5. Art
  6. Astronomy
  7. Athletics
  8. Automobiling
  9. Aviation
  10. Beefarming
  11. Blacksmithing
  12. Bugling
  13. Clerk -> Business
  14. Camping
  15. Carpentry
  16. Chemistry
  17. Civics
  18. Conservation
  19. Cooking
  20. Craftsmanship
  21. Cycling
  22. Dairying
  23. Electrician -> Electricity
  24. Fireman -> Firemanship
  25. Ambulance -> First Aid
  26. First Aid to Animals
  27. Forestry
  28. Gardener -> Gardening
  29. Handicraft
  30. Horseman ->Horsemanship
  31. Interpreting
  32. Invention
  33. Leatherworking
  34. Lifesaving
  35. Machinery
  36. Marksmanship
  37. Masonry
  38. Mining
  39. Musician ->Music
  40. Ornithology
  41. Painting
  42. Pathfinding
  43. Personal Health
  44. Photography
  45. Pioneering
  46. Plumbing
  47. Poultry Farming
  48. Printing
  49. Public Health
  50. Scholarship
  51. Sculpture
  52. Seamanship
  53. Signaling
  54. Stalker -> Stalking
  55. Surveying
  56. Swimming
  57. Taxidermy
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