- Written by Mike Lyman Mike Lyman
- Last Updated: 27 January 2010 27 January 2010
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Merit badges have been a fixture of the Boy Scouts of America since its inception in 1910. The requirements that generations of boys have completed have taught lifetime citizenship lessons, personal fitness habits, and life skills. They have been the beginnings of countless careers and lifetime hobbies. 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, and in some instances, eliminating some badges altogether.
For the 100th Anniversary celebration four vintage merit badges are being released for the Centennial Year only, giving Boy Scouts the hands-on opportunity to experience the exciting past of BSA. The four merit badges being offered are: Signaller, Pathfinding, Carpentry, and Tracking. If any scoutmaster has knowledge of these merit badges, please sign up as a merit badge counselor for the appropriate badge with the committee records chairman.