Scouting for the Boy Scout badges of your youth? Be prepared for a booming market in Boy Scout memorabilia, with badges alone encompassing over one million different items  an indication of the widespread popularity of scouting, and the prolific production of badges commemorating everything from a boy's accomplishment at archery to a booth at the last national Jamboree. Chatelaine's Antiques Collectibles Appraisals

 

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Collectibles Market for Scouting Badges

Availability of Boy Scout Badges

Condition and Care of Patches and Badges


 
BOY SCOUT BADGES

A highly sought after Order of the Arrow badge
A highly sought after
Order of the Arrow badge

Scouting for the Boy Scout badges of your youth? Be prepared for a booming market in Boy Scout memorabilia,  with badges alone encompassing over one million different items an indication of the widespread popularity of scouting, and the prolific production of badges commemorating everything from a boy's accomplishment at archery to a booth at the last national Jamboree.

Since 1911, Scouts have earned those iconic merit badges (less than 200 in total) for mastering specific activities and areas of study.  Subjects have evolved with the times, painting an intriguing picture of American culture. Every few years the Boy Scouts review how timely or how valuable these skills are, changing requirements or discontinuing entire merit badge programs.

Where once you might have earned honors in Beekeeping, Pigeon-Raising, Sheep Farming or Farm & Ranch Layout, today's Scouts strive for badges in Agribusiness, Atomic Energy, Entrepreneurship and Crime Prevention. To keep adventurous kids in scouting, badges have been added for Climbing, Whitewater Rafting and Scuba Diving.

Agribusiness badge
Today's collectors are
more likely to find
badges for modern skills
such as agribusiness...

Most Boy Scout badges are machine embroidered, though some older badges are either embroidered or silkscreened on felt. Designs have changed over time, helping to date some badges on sight.

 

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References

* The Boy Scout Council Shoulder Patch Guide by Steve Delman, Elisa Delman
* Scouting for Boys: A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship by Robert Baden-Powell
* The Boy: Baden-Powell and the Siege of Mafeking by Pat Hopkins, Heather Dugmore
* The Official Boy Scout Handbook by Boy Scouts of America

 



The Boy Scout Council Shoulder Patch Guide by Steve Delman, Elisa Delman

Scouting for Boys:
A Handbook for Instruction in Good Citizenship
by Robert Baden-Powell

The Boy: Baden-Powell and the Siege of Mafeking by Pat Hopkins, Heather Dugmore

Rovering to Success: A Guide for Young Manhood
by Lord Baden-Powell

Baden-Powell
by Tim Jeal

 

Downfall of the Prempeh: A Diary of Life With the Native Levy in Ashanti, 1895-96 by Robert Baden-Powell

The Official Boy Scout Handbook
by Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scout Handbook and Other Observations
by Paul Fussell