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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.



Pathfinding merit badge
Status: Discontinued BSA Advancement ID:
Created: 1911, 2010 Original/new/replaced:
Discontinued: 1952, 2010 Replaced by:

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The Pathfinding merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.



Pathfinding requirements

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Demonstrate how to direct tourists from his home to gas, oil, tire and general auto repair.
  5. 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.
  6. Know something of the history of his community and the location of its principal places of interest and public buildings.
  7. 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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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Pathfinding is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Pathfinding requirements.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. Per the BSA: "You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject." Pamphlets (books) are at local Scout Shops and online at ScoutStuff.org.
  2. "Get a signed Merit Badge application from your Scoutmaster." An online, printable Word doc file version is available.


Requirement resources

BSA Merit Badge Resources

1. Find your local scout headquarters: http://scouting.org/LocalCouncilLocator.aspx

Google Maps can show you towns near the local scout headquarters and give you topographical maps.

2. US Census data for nearby cities and towns: http://www.census.gov/popest/cities/SUB-EST2008-4.html
3. You may not have any livery stables or blacksmith shops within a half-mile radius.

Find and map "Auto Repair & Service Centers" with Yellow Pages. "Garages" today are parking garages.

4. Yellow Page sites can also help you find and map:

  • Meat Markets
  • Bakeries
  • Grocery Stores
  • Drug Stores

5. "Fire alarm" call boxes were replaced by 911 systems. Also there aren't any "telegraph and telephone offices" today but there are "Cell Phone Stores"
Yellow Pages sites can also help you find and map:

  • Police Station
  • Hospital
  • Doctor
  • Railroad Stations

5. Google Maps - Make and save a map of your community Sample Google Map Made By A Scout

This is similar to Citizenship in the Community, #2, Make a map of your community.

6. Wikipedia has the history of most US towns and cities.

Google Maps and Yellow Pages can show you public facities.

7. Google Maps - Make and save a map of your community Sample Google Map Made By A Scout

This is similar to Citizenship in the Community, #2, Make a map of your community.


Related awards

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).


History: 1938, 1945, 1950 merit badge requirements

Historical Pathfinding merit badge.
Historical Pathfinding merit badge.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Demonstrate how to direct tourists from his home to gas, oil, tire and general auto repair.
5. 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.
6. Know something of the history of his community and the location of its principal places of interest and public buildings.
7. Submit a scale map, not necessarily drawn by himself, upon which he has personally indicated as much of the above-required information.

See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal

General Merit Badge information


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