The Pathfinding merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.
It was re-released, for 2010 only, for the Boy Scouts of America's "Centennial" celebration. See: Pathfinding (Centennial merit badge).
- Demonstrate a general knowledge of the district within a three-mile radius of the local Scout Headquarters, or his house so as to be able to guide people at any time day or night to points within this area.
- Know the population of the five principal neighboring towns and cities as selected by his Guide or Counselor. Demonstrate direction for reaching them from Scout Headquarters or his house.
- If in the country, know the breeds of horses, cattle, sheep and hogs owned on the five neighboring farms; if in the city, demonstrate directions to tourist camp and to five places for purchasing food supplies.
- Demonstrate how to direct tourists from his home to gas, oil, tire and general auto repair.
- Give telephone number, if any, and directions for reaching the nearest police station, fire-fighting apparatus, Court House or Municipal Building, the nearest Country Farm Agent's office, doctor, veterinarian and hospital.
- Know something of the history of his community and the location of its principal places of interest and public buildings.
- Submit a scale map, not necessarily drawn by himself, upon which he has personally indicated as much of the above-required information.
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