The requirements for several Merit Badges changed on August 1, 2008. All Merit Badge pamphlets are reprinted with color photographs, diagrams, and covers effective August 1, 2008. The actual text and requirements, in most cases did not change from the previous editions.
The requirements for the following Merit Badges have changed: Architecture, Automotive Maintenance, Coin Collecting, Drafting, Emergency Preparedness, Engineering, Farm Mechanics, Indian Lore, Insect Study, Landscape Architecture, Lifesaving, Motorboating, Painting, Pottery, Radio, and Swimming.
The Auto Mechanics merit badge was replaced with badge Automotive Maintenance. Architecture and Landscape Architecture Merit Badges were combined into a single book.