Consumer Buying Merit Badge
Keith Sutton (ksutton@U.WASHINGTON.EDU)
Thu, 9 Oct 1997 13:36:31 -0700
On Wed, 8 Oct Marla wrote:
> ...When was this badge <Consumer Buying> discontinued? Is it correct
> that it still 'counts' in the number required for Eagle?
Marla, Consumer Buying Merit Badge was officially discontinued on
September 1, 1995. At that time the question came up on this list as to
whom may still earn it. The Scouting Magazine said that anyone could earn
it as long as supplies were still available at the Scout store or council
office. (This was NOT a correct answer.) I think Bruce Cobern (sorry if I
guessed wrong Bruce) called Irving to find out the true scoop. The short
answer is that anyone who began to work on the merit badge BEFORE
September 1, 1995, had until his 18th birthday to complete the merit
badge. This assumes that there still is a registered Consumer Buying Merit
Badge counselor in your district or elsewhere that can act as a counselor.
In my district that is still the case; we still have 3-4 registered
Consumer Buying merit badge counselors. Earning the merit badge still
counts as earning any other elective merit badge that there is for any
rank or palm.
As always the merit badge counselor can choose to accept the "partial"
or not, and thus sign or not sign the blue card accordingly.
In 1993 only 806 Consumer Buying merit badges were earned. I think
National had to decide whether or not to update the merit badge pamphlet
or just discontinue it outright. If one reads the pamphlet one can tell
that it is a little dated as far as the information goes (in
consumer labelling for example.) They obviously opted to discontinue the
You still may be able to locate a patch from one several of the Scouting
memoribilia dealers if you cannot find someone with extras.
Keith Sutton Chief Seattle Council email@example.com
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City