Re: Old Merit Badges
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Thu, 11 Aug 1994 16:22:55 CST
Randy Finder <NARAHT@DRYCAS.CLUB.CC.CMU.EDU> writes:
>>About a month ago I thought I posted a triva question regarding the merit badg
>>that was the "least earned". Mike's posting on the merit badges remined me of
>>it. The least earned merit badge according to my sources was the Invention
>>merit badge. Requirements were:
>> #1. Invent somethng useful.
>> #2. Patent this invention.
Actually the above was requirement number 1. Requirement number two
was to show how thing worked and illustrate it on a piece of paper.
>>As I understand, only 2 were awarded. (Anybody got any old Invention merit
>>badge patches they want to get rid of?)
The BSA's Boy Scout Program division says that a few merit badges were
released but they can't give me an acurate listing.
>Was this a "failure" as a merit badge, or were they expecting this
>few people to earn it?
It was a genuine failure, Brother Randy. I had to look this joker up
because I'd never seen the merit badge at a Scout show or a Tradeoree.
It's there, in the first version of the BSA's Scout Handbook. The
badge features a gear with a small square "pin" in the center.
>BSA has some merit badges that "must" be earned in a farming/rural setting.
>Are there any that "must" be earned in a urban and/or industrial setting?
There are several badges that SHOULD be earned in an industrial
setting. Among them are the American Business, American Labor and
Metals Engineering. I don't know of any that must be earned in an
urban setting, although I am sure that many of the merit badges were
perhaps "urbanized" in order that kids in those settings can earn
them as well as those in rural or suburban settings can.
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