Boy Scout Merit Badge Collection Overview

For over 100 years the Boy Scouts of America has issued merit badges to Scouts that fulfilled the requirements in specific topics. Anyone who has dabbled in collecting Scouting memorabilia has come across merit badge patches and will notice that they have changed quite a bit over the years in style, material and focus. In this quick video I want to share with you my decade long project to assemble a merit badge collection and teach you the basics about the different types. My goal is to help you be able to interpret the merit badges in your collection and understand what you have.


Enjoyed the video very much. It helped confirm what I am doing with a merit bagde collection as far a catologuing, typing, etc. I am using the 20 pocket coin holders for my badges. I don’t have any Type A Badges yet. Thanks of all the information.

By Charlie Morgan on March 27th, 2022 at 3:01 pm

If you haven’t already get Fred’s book. It is super helpful

By admin on March 27th, 2022 at 3:12 pm

Jason – I just watched your BSA merit badge presentation for potential collectors … I thought it was excellent! I’m an Eagle Scout from the late 1960’s and have been collecting all the merit badge types (A through the current L types) that you discussed for about 20 years. I don’t consider myself an expert either, but from the research I’ve done, the info you presented was spot on (without going “down the rabbit holes”). I’m looking forward to seeing your dups put up on eBay for auction or direct sale to fill-in the “holes” in my collection.

Again, congrats on a job well done with the presentation!

By Darryl Kramer on March 27th, 2022 at 10:51 pm


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