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Discontinued merit badges

Does it really make sense to continue to list discontinued MBs in the annual listing, especially if nobody has earned them? I've eliminated the entries for these items from the 2005 annual listings, but left the info in the All-Time listing. --John (aka Ronin718)

Well, I think the "list" was originally taken directly from National's published numbers. Which means, if the article's source was not cited, that would be something any editor could do. Additionally,
  • I have seen where a discontinued Merit Badge continued to show up on National's published lists for nearly 10 years after it had been discontinued... E.g., the XYZ Merit Badge is slated for discontinuation in 2007; theoretically, a new 10-1/2 year old Scout could still complete that Merit Badge 8.5 years later.
  • Anomalies. There are other reaons where I could see that not getting into National's database for an additional 1.5 years, or so... accounting, tracking, lost in the shuffle, etc. Let's say, National gets official notification from a Council that Bee Keeping, for example, was awarded to a Scout 20 years ago.
It appears (to me), that National adds the award to their database when they get it; the fact that it has been discontinued seems unimportant, as opposed to the fact that it was awarded. --RWSmith 12:07, April 14, 2007 (EDT)

The text was taken directly from the BSA source given. Since they thought it was important enough to include, I included it as well but it certainly doesn't have to be included. --Optimist 21:12, April 15, 2007 (EDT)

Current stats for CY 2008 and CY 2009

I have not been able to locate any official stats (other than the top five earned) for CY 2008 and CY 2009. Apparently, Scouting.Org is no longer publishing a detailed "fact sheet" for this. If anybody can (painlessly) get this information, please let me know. Thanks, —RWSmith (Bureaucrat), 15:35, May 22, 2010 (EDT)

Bryan on Scouting had figures at BartHumphries 03:37, November 3, 2015 (EST)

Highest awarded merit badges, and changes

The top three, since 1993, have been First Aid, Swimming, and Environmental Science, with a very strong uptic for Cooking recently (it’s now #1). The next few have varied but comprise Camping, Citizenship in the World, Citizenship in the Nation, Communication, Leatherworking, Family Life, Rifle Shooting, Emergency Preparedness, Wood Carving, and a recent uptick in the new Personal Fitness. Wilderness Survival had a good uptick in 2006, which is also when Bear Gryll’s Man vs Wild first aired, but otherwise remains about the same. Canoeing has been steadily declining, with Kayaking picking up (Kayaking is now above Canoeing). Safety has really fallen off, and Basketry is declining, although Art is picking up. BartHumphries 03:38, November 3, 2015 (EST)

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