2010 Historic Merit Badge Program

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A merit badge called Computers would sound just a crazy to a 1910 Boy Scout as a merit badge called Tracking sounds to Scouts today. That’s because the BSA’s list of available merit badges has evolved through the years as the interests of boys have changed.
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For the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Boy Scouts of America, four vintage merit badges were released for the '''centennial celebration year only''', giving Boy Scouts the hands-on opportunity to experience the exciting past of Scouting while learning how our world has changed in that 100 years.
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In honor of the BSA’s 100th Anniversary, though, today’s generation of Scouts will get the unique opportunity to experience some of the activities their predecessors enjoyed. That’s possible thanks to the BSA’s new Historical Merit Badge Program, a set of four discontinued merit badges that today’s Scouts can earn.
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In the last 99 years, there have been many changes in the [[merit badge]] offerings. As society has changed, the Boy Scouts of America has adapted by revising the requirements, implementing name changes, adding new merit badges, and in some instances, eliminating some badges altogether.
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==2010 historical merit badges==
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{{quote-source|The historical merit badges will count toward a Scout’s rank advancement. However, Scouts must start and finish all requirements within the year 2010. So if your guys built furniture for their patrol kitchen at last year’s summer camp, they can’t use that product for the Carpentry merit badge. And don’t delay—after Dec. 31, 2010, these merit badges will go back on the “retired” list.
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:* [[Carpentry]]
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The basics of the 2010 Historical Merit Badge program include:
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Badges may be earned by individual Scouts, but districts and councils are encouraged to offer opportunities to complete requirements for at least some of these merit badges at summer camp, local merit badge workshops, BSA 100th Anniversary events, and other special venues.|[http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/historical_session_guide/Overview.aspx Overview of historical merit badge requirements]}}
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* 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.
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== Original goals of the program ==
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* For a majority of registered eligible members to earn one or more of the badges during the Centennial year.
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* To encourage each unit, district, and council to identify qualified counselors for the badges.
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* Allow badges to be earned by individual Scouts, but encourage districts and councils to offer opportunities to work on at least some of these merit badges at summer camp or special Anniversary celebration.
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* 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.
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{{Historical Merit Badges}}
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* The merit badges will count for towards a boy’s rank advancement.
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== ScoutNET data entry deadline extension ==
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{{2010 Historic Merit Badge Program header}}
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* Work on the badges is not to commence prior to January 1, 2010 and is to be finished no later than December 31, 2010.
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* 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.
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== External links ==
== External links ==
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* [http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2010/01/historical-merit-badges-help-boy-scouts-celebrate-scoutings-past.html Historical merit badges help Boy Scouts celebrate Scouting’s past] from Scouting Magazine
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* [http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2010/01/historical-merit-badges-help-boy-scouts-celebrate-scoutings-past.html Scouting Magazine Article]
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* [http://www.scoutingnews.org/2010/02/02/historic-mb-on-hold/ Historic Merit Badge Program on Hold] from ScoutingNews.org
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* [http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/historic_flier_new.pdf Historic Merit Badge Flier]
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* [http://usssp.blogspot.com/2010/01/historical-merit-badges-help-boy-scouts.html Historical merit badges help Boy Scouts celebrate Scouting’s past] from US Scouting Service Project News Blog
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For the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Boy Scouts of America, four vintage merit badges were released for the centennial celebration year only, giving Boy Scouts the hands-on opportunity to experience the exciting past of Scouting while learning how our world has changed in that 100 years.

In the last 99 years, there have been many changes in the merit badge offerings. As society has changed, the Boy Scouts of America has adapted by revising the requirements, implementing name changes, adding new merit badges, and in some instances, eliminating some badges altogether.

The historical merit badges will count toward a Scout’s rank advancement. However, Scouts must start and finish all requirements within the year 2010. So if your guys built furniture for their patrol kitchen at last year’s summer camp, they can’t use that product for the Carpentry merit badge. And don’t delay—after Dec. 31, 2010, these merit badges will go back on the “retired” list.

Badges may be earned by individual Scouts, but districts and councils are encouraged to offer opportunities to complete requirements for at least some of these merit badges at summer camp, local merit badge workshops, BSA 100th Anniversary events, and other special venues.

Overview of historical merit badge requirements

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Original goals of the program

  • For a majority of registered eligible members to earn one or more of the badges during the Centennial year.
  • To encourage each unit, district, and council to identify qualified counselors for the badges.
  • Allow badges to be earned by individual Scouts, but encourage districts and councils to offer opportunities to work on at least some of these merit badges at summer camp or special Anniversary celebration.

2010 Historic merit badge program resources

Merit Badge MeritBadge.Org USScouts.Org Scouting.Org (BSA)
Carpentry Workbook Adobe Acrobat PDF Workbook Microsoft Word DOC document MB web page "2010" MB packet "Historical" MB pamphlet
Pathfinding Workbook Adobe Acrobat PDF Workbook Microsoft Word DOC document MB web page "2010" MB packet "Historical" MB pamphlet
Signaling Workbook Adobe Acrobat PDF Workbook Microsoft Word DOC document MB web page "2010" MB packet "Historical" MB pamphlet
Tracking Workbook Adobe Acrobat PDF Workbook Microsoft Word DOC document MB web page "2010" MB packet "Historical" MB pamphlet

The basics of the 2010 Historic Merit Badge Program include:

  • "The effective date for earning these new merit badges is April 1, 2010, and requirements must be completed no later than Dec. 31, 2010." — 2010 Historical MB Program
  • "The contemporary merit badges closely resemble the original designs of their counterparts with the exception of the border, which is gold." — 2010 Historical MB Program
  • The BSA Supply Division will not print (new) or re-print (old) pamphlets for these merit badges – official BSA materials for these merit badges will be available only in electronic format at Scouting.Org. (We have provided you those links, above).

ScoutNET data entry deadline extension

2010 Historic (a.k.a. "Centennial") Merit Badges "Data Entry" Deadline: With the deadline of December 31, 2010 for Scouts to earn the historical merit badges, the decision has been made to allow additional time thereafter for entering them into the ScoutNET system. The deadline for doing so has been set as March 31, 2011. This applies to those at the local council who enter advancement based on forms submitted, or unit management software file uploads provided. It also applies to unit advancement processors using Internet Advancement. The merit badges affected are: Carpentry, Pathfinding, Signaling, and Tracking. This is not intended as an extension of time to earn the badges; only as additional time for data entry. Troops can submit advancement reports for Historic Merit Badges earned by Scouts before 12/31/2010 through March 31, 2011. — Announcement from the National Council office.


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