Tracking (Centennial merit badge)

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Tracking ("Stalking" in earlier handbooks) is a discontinued merit badge. However, in honor of the BSA’s 100th Anniversary, this badge has been named to the BSA’s new Historical Merit Badge Program and may be earned by Scouts during 2010 until December 31, 2010.
Tracking "Centennial" merit badge
Status: Discontinued
Released: 1911, 2010 BSA Advancement ID:
Retired: 1952, 2010 Requirements Revision: 2010


2010 merit badge requirements

As of March 31, 2010 official requirements are not posted by the BSA. Even though some council Scout shops have sold this patch, this merit badge cannot be earned until finalized requirements are released.

1938, 1945, 1950 merit badge requirements

Historical Stalking merit badge.
Historical Stalking merit badge.
  1. Demonstrate by means of a stalking game or otherwise, ability to stalk skillfully in shelter and wind, etc., showing how to proceed noiselessly and "freeze" when occasion demands.
  2. Know and recognize the tracks of ten different kinds of animals or birds in his vicinity, three of which may be domestic.
  3. Submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed two different kinds of wild animals or birds on ordinary ground far enough to determine the direction in which they were going, and their gait or speed. Give names of animals or birds trailed, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed; or submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed six different kinds of wild animal or birds in snow, sand, dust, or mud, far enough to determine the direction in which they were going, and their gait or speed. Give names of animals or birds, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed.
  4. Submit satisfactory evidence that he has tracked a human being and deduced from the trail whether it was a man or woman, young or old, the gait or speed, and also give any other information deduced.
  5. Submit evidence the he has scored at least 30 points from the following groups: [Group (f) and 4 of the 5 groups (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) must be represented in the score of 30 and at least 7 points must be scored from (a), (b), or (c)].
Make a clear recognizable photograph of:
(a) Live bird away from nest ... 4 points each
(b) Live woodchuck or smaller wild animal ... 3 points each
(c) Live wild animal larger than woodchuck ... 4 points each
(d) Live bird on nest ... 3 points each
(e) Tracks of live wild animal or bird ... 2 points each
(f) Make satisfactory plaster cast of wild animal or bird tracks with identification imprint on back of cast ... 2 points each


  1. The original design of the Stalking Merit Badge contained a leaf rather than an animal.

Requirement resources

Related Ranks, Awards, and Merit Badges

2010 Historical Merit Badges   BSA Website BSA Info
Carpentry Carpentry BSA Page Carpentry Packet
Pathfinding Pathfinding BSA Page Pathfinding Packet
Signaller Signaller BSA Page Signaller Packet
Tracking Tracking BSA Page Tracking Packet

The basics of the 2010 Historical Merit Badge program include:

  • The merit badges will closely resemble the original designs of the merit badges with the exception of the borders. The borders will be embroidered with a shiny gold thread that will be immediately identifiable as a 2010 Historical Merit Badge.
  • The original merit badge requirements will be used wherever possible. Exceptions will be made when current safety or social standards dictate. Adaptations can also be made for special needs Scouts.
  • The merit badges will count for towards a boy’s rank advancement.
  • Work on the badges is not to commence prior to January 1, 2010 and is to be finished no later than December 31, 2010.
  • The Supply Division will not create or reprint pamphlets for the merit badges. Any and all material will be posted to a special section of the 100th Anniversary web site that can be accessed by the interested boys and their merit badge counselors.

See also

Boy Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information

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