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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:
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"'''Original merit badges'''" may refer to either:
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#[[Ambulance]]
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*[[Original merit badges#Original 14 "Badges of Merit" (1910)|The 14 badges contained in the first temporary version of the ''Official Handbook'']]
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#[[Clerk]]
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*[[Original merit badges#Original 57 merit badges introduced in 1911|The 57 merit badges that were listed in the first publication of ''The Official Handbook for Boys'' in 1911]]
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#Cyclist
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#Electrician
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#[[Fireman]]
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#Gardener
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#Horseman
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#Marksman
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#[[Master-of-Arms]]
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#Musician
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#Pioneer
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#Seaman
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#Signaller
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#Stalker
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== Original 14 "Badges of Merit" (1910) ==
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"'''Badges of Merit'''" were included in the "Original edition" of the [[Boy Scout Handbook|''Official Handbook'']]. This temporary handbook was written by [[Ernest Thompson Seton]] and was published by the Boy Scouts of America from July 1910 to March 1911. The original 14 "Badges of Merit" were:
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#'''[[Ambulance]]''': renamed [[First Aid]] in 1911.
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#'''[[Clerk]]''': renamed [[Business]] in 1911, renamed [[American Business]] in 1966.
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#'''[[Cyclist]]''': renamed [[Cycling]] in 1911.
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#'''[[Electrician]]''': renamed [[Electricity]] in 1911.
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#'''[[Fireman]]''': renamed [[Firemanship]] in 1911, renamed [[Fire Safety]] in 1995.
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#'''[[Gardener]]''': renamed [[Gardening]] in 1911.
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#'''[[Horseman]]''': renamed [[Horsemanship]] in 1911.
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#'''[[Marksman]]''': renamed [[Marksmanship]] in 1911, renamed [[Rifle and Shotgun Shooting]] in 1966, split into [[Rifle Shooting]] and [[Shotgun Shooting]] in 1987.
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#'''[[Master-at-Arms]]''': discontinued in 1911.
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#'''[[Musician (Badge of Merit)|Musician]]''': renamed [[Music]] in 1911.
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#'''[[Pioneer]]''': renamed [[Pioneering]] in 1911.
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#'''[[Seaman]]''': renamed [[Seamanship]] in 1911, split into [[Motorboating]] and [[Small-Boat Sailing]] in 1964.
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#'''[[Signaller]]''': renamed [[Signaling]] in 1911, discontinued in 1992, revived for one year only, in 2010 as [[Signaling (Centennial merit badge)|Signaling]].
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#'''[[Stalker]]''': renamed [[Stalking]] in 1911, discontinued in 1952, revived for one year only, in 2010 as [[Tracking (Centennial merit badge)|Tracking]]
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In 1911, Master-of-Arms was dropped, the others were retained with changed names, 44 new ones were added, and all became know as "Merit Badges".
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== Original 57 merit badges introduced in 1911 ==
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The first official publication of [[Boy Scout Handbook|''The Official Handbook for Boys'']] occurred in June 1911. In this edition, the [[Master-at-Arms]] badge was dropped, the other 13 were retained with changed names, 44 new ones were added, and all became know as "'''Merit Badges'''".
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This is a list of the original 57 merit badges issued in 1911, with the surviving renamed 1910 "Badges of Merit" in ''italics'' and the currently active merit badges in '''bold''':
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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''':
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#[[Agriculture]]
#[[Agriculture]]
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#[[Angling]]
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#[[Angling]] (as '''[[Fishing]]''' and '''[[Fly Fishing]]''')
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#[[Archery]]
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#'''[[Archery]]'''
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#[[Architecture]]
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#'''[[Architecture]]'''
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#[[Art]]
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#'''[[Art]]'''
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#[[Astronomy]]
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#'''[[Astronomy]]'''
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#[[Athletics]]
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#'''[[Athletics]]'''
#[[Automobiling]]
#[[Automobiling]]
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#[[Aviation]]
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#'''[[Aviation]]'''
#[[Beefarming]]
#[[Beefarming]]
#[[Blacksmithing]]
#[[Blacksmithing]]
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#[[Bugling]]
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#'''[[Bugling]]'''
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#'''Clerk''' -> [[Business]]
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#''Clerk'' -> [[Business]]
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#[[Camping]]
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#'''[[Camping]]'''
#[[Carpentry]]
#[[Carpentry]]
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#[[Chemistry]]
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#'''[[Chemistry]]'''
#[[Civics]]
#[[Civics]]
#[[Conservation]]
#[[Conservation]]
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#[[Cooking]]
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#'''[[Cooking]]'''
#[[Craftsmanship]]
#[[Craftsmanship]]
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#'''Cyclist''' -> [[Cycling]]
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#''Cyclist'' -> '''[[Cycling]]'''
#[[Dairying]]
#[[Dairying]]
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#'''Electrician''' -> [[Electricity]]
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#''Electrician'' -> '''[[Electricity]]'''
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#'''Fireman''' -> [[Firemanship]]
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#''Fireman'' -> [[Firemanship]] (as '''[[Fire Safety]]''')
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#'''Ambulance''' -> [[First Aid]]
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#''Ambulance'' -> '''[[First Aid]]'''
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#[[First Aid to Animals]]
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#[[First Aid to Animals]] (as '''[[Veterinary Science]]''')
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#[[Forestry]]
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#'''[[Forestry]]'''
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#'''Gardener''' -> [[Gardening]]
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#''Gardener'' -> '''[[Gardening]]'''
#[[Handicraft]]
#[[Handicraft]]
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#'''Horseman''' ->[[Horsemanship]]
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#''Horseman'' ->'''[[Horsemanship]]'''
#[[Interpreting]]
#[[Interpreting]]
#[[Invention]]
#[[Invention]]
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#[[Leatherworking]]
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#[[Leatherworking]] (as '''[[Leatherwork]]''')
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#[[Lifesaving]]
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#'''[[Lifesaving]]'''
#[[Machinery]]
#[[Machinery]]
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#'''Marksman''' -> [[Marksmanship]]
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#''Marksman'' -> [[Marksmanship]] (as '''[[Rifle Shooting]]''' and '''[[Shotgun Shooting]]''')
#[[Masonry]]
#[[Masonry]]
#[[Mining]]
#[[Mining]]
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#'''Musician''' ->[[Music]]
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#''Musician'' ->'''[[Music]]'''
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#[[Ornithology]]
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#[[Ornithology]] (as '''[[Bird Study]]''')
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#[[Painting]]
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#'''[[Painting]]'''
#[[Pathfinding]]
#[[Pathfinding]]
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#[[Personal Health]]
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#[[Personal Health]] (as '''[[Personal Fitness]]''')
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#[[Photography]]
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#'''[[Photography]]'''
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#'''Pioneer''' -> [[Pioneering]]
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#''Pioneer'' -> '''[[Pioneering]]'''
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#[[Plumbing]]
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#'''[[Plumbing]]'''
#[[Poultry Farming]]
#[[Poultry Farming]]
#[[Printing]]
#[[Printing]]
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#[[Public Health]]
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#'''[[Public Health]]'''
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#[[Scholarship]]
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#'''[[Scholarship]]'''
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#[[Sculpture]]
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#'''[[Sculpture]]'''
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#'''Seaman''' -> [[Seamanship]]
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#''Seaman'' -> [[Seamanship]] (as '''[[Motorboating]]''' and '''[[Small-Boat Sailing]]''')
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#'''Signaller''' -> [[Signaling]]
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#''Signaller'' -> [[Signaling]]
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#'''Stalker''' -> [[Stalking]]
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#''Stalker'' -> [[Stalking]]
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#[[Surveying]]
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#'''[[Surveying]]'''
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#[[Swimming]]
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#'''[[Swimming]]'''
#[[Taxidermy]]
#[[Taxidermy]]
[[Category:Merit Badge-related]]
[[Category:Merit Badge-related]]

Current revision

"Original merit badges" may refer to either:


Original 14 "Badges of Merit" (1910)

"Badges of Merit" were included in the "Original edition" of the Official Handbook. This temporary handbook was written by Ernest Thompson Seton and was published by the Boy Scouts of America from July 1910 to March 1911. The original 14 "Badges of Merit" were:

  1. Ambulance: renamed First Aid in 1911.
  2. Clerk: renamed Business in 1911, renamed American Business in 1966.
  3. Cyclist: renamed Cycling in 1911.
  4. Electrician: renamed Electricity in 1911.
  5. Fireman: renamed Firemanship in 1911, renamed Fire Safety in 1995.
  6. Gardener: renamed Gardening in 1911.
  7. Horseman: renamed Horsemanship in 1911.
  8. Marksman: renamed Marksmanship in 1911, renamed Rifle and Shotgun Shooting in 1966, split into Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting in 1987.
  9. Master-at-Arms: discontinued in 1911.
  10. Musician: renamed Music in 1911.
  11. Pioneer: renamed Pioneering in 1911.
  12. Seaman: renamed Seamanship in 1911, split into Motorboating and Small-Boat Sailing in 1964.
  13. Signaller: renamed Signaling in 1911, discontinued in 1992, revived for one year only, in 2010 as Signaling.
  14. Stalker: renamed Stalking in 1911, discontinued in 1952, revived for one year only, in 2010 as Tracking

Original 57 merit badges introduced in 1911

The first official publication of The Official Handbook for Boys occurred in June 1911. In this edition, the Master-at-Arms badge was dropped, the other 13 were retained 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 in 1911, with the surviving renamed 1910 "Badges of Merit" in italics and the currently active merit badges in bold:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Angling (as Fishing and Fly Fishing)
  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. Cyclist -> Cycling
  22. Dairying
  23. Electrician -> Electricity
  24. Fireman -> Firemanship (as Fire Safety)
  25. Ambulance -> First Aid
  26. First Aid to Animals (as Veterinary Science)
  27. Forestry
  28. Gardener -> Gardening
  29. Handicraft
  30. Horseman ->Horsemanship
  31. Interpreting
  32. Invention
  33. Leatherworking (as Leatherwork)
  34. Lifesaving
  35. Machinery
  36. Marksman -> Marksmanship (as Rifle Shooting and Shotgun Shooting)
  37. Masonry
  38. Mining
  39. Musician ->Music
  40. Ornithology (as Bird Study)
  41. Painting
  42. Pathfinding
  43. Personal Health (as Personal Fitness)
  44. Photography
  45. Pioneer -> Pioneering
  46. Plumbing
  47. Poultry Farming
  48. Printing
  49. Public Health
  50. Scholarship
  51. Sculpture
  52. Seaman -> Seamanship (as Motorboating and Small-Boat Sailing)
  53. Signaller -> Signaling
  54. Stalker -> Stalking
  55. Surveying
  56. Swimming
  57. Taxidermy
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