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Advanced Computing
TBA 2014-15
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Aerodynamics
1942-52
From 1942 to 1952, the Aviation Merit Badge was split into the several Merit Badges: Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, Airplane Design, and Airplane Structure.
 
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Aeronautics
1942-52
From 1942 to 1952, the Aviation Merit Badge was split into the several Merit Badges: Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, Airplane Design, and Airplane Structure.
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Agribusiness
1987-95
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Food Systems
1978-87
In 1975 Agriculture, and other merit badges were combined into Animal Science.
Agriculture is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys"
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Agriculture
1911-75
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Agriculture
1911-75
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Agriculture
1911-75
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Agriculture
1911-75
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Airplane Design
1942-52
From 1942 to 1952, the Aviation Merit Badge was split into the several Merit Badges: Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, Airplane Design, and Airplane Structure.
 
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Airplane Structure
1942-52
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Airplane Structure
1942-52
From 1942 to 1952, the Aviation Merit Badge was split into the several Merit Badges: Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, Airplane Design, and Airplane Structure.
 
Ambulance see First Aid  
Animation
TBA 2014
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American Business
1967-present
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Business
1911-66
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Business
1911-66
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Business
1911-66
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Business
1911-66
Business is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Clerk
1910
Clerk is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.
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American Cultures
1979-present
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American Heritage
1975-present
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American Labor
1987-present
Angling see Fishing  
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Animal Science
1975-present
In 1975 the merit badges: Animal Industry, Beef Production, Dairying, Hog Production, Poultry Keeping, and Sheep Farming were combined with parts of Agriculture into Animal Science.
In 1975 the merit badges: Animal Industry, Beef Production, Dairying, Hog Production, Poultry Keeping, and Sheep Farming were combined with parts of Agriculture into Animal Science.
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Animal Industry
1928-75
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Animal Industry
1928-75
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Animal Industry
1928-75
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Animal Industry
1928-75
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Archaeology
1997-present
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Archery
1911-present
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Archery
1911-present
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Archery
1911-present
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Archery
1911-present
Archery is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Architecture
1911-present
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Architecture
1911-present
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Architecture
1911-present
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Architecture
1911-present
Architecture is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Art
1911-present
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Art
1911-present
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Art
1911-present
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Art
1911-present
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Art
1911-present
Art is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Astronomy
1911-present
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Astronomy
1911-present
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Astronomy
1911-present
Astronomy is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
Art is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Athletics
1911-present
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Athletics
1911-present
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Athletics
1911-present
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Athletics
1911-present
Athletics is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
Atomic Energy see Nuclear Science  
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Automobiling
1911-63
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Automobiling
1911-63
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Automobiling
1911-63
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Automobiling
1911-63
Automobiling is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Automotive Maintenance
2008-present
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Auto Mechanics
1992-2008
Automotive Safety see Traffic Safety  
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Aviation
´52-present
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Aviation
´52-present
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Aviation
´52-present
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Aviation
1911-42
From 1942 to 1952, the Aviation Merit Badge was split into the several Merit Badges: Aerodynamics, Aeronautics, Airplane Design, and Airplane Structure.
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Aviation
1911-42
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Aviation
1911-42
Aviation is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.

B

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Backpacking
1982-present
 
 
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Basketry
1927-present
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Basketry
1927-present
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Basketry
1927-present
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Basketry
1927-present
The Craftsmanship Merit Badge was split into Basketry, Book Binding, Cement Work, Leathercraft, Metalwork, Pottery, Textiles, Wood Carving, and Woodwork.
Beefarming is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys"
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Beefarming
1911-14
The first Scout Bee only had 4 legs and stayed that way until 1939, when it was corrected.
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Beekeeping
1956-95
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Bee Keeping
1915-55
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Bee Keeping
1915-55
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Bee Keeping
1915-55
In 1975 the merit badges: Animal Industry, Beef Production, Dairying, Hog Production, Poultry Keeping, and Sheep Farming were combined with parts of Agriculture into Animal Science.
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Beef Production
1928-75
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Beef Production
1928-75
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Beef Production
1928-75
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Bird Study
1914-present
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Bird Study
1914-present
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Bird Study
1914-present
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Ornithology
1911-13
Ornithology is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Blacksmithing
1911-52
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Blacksmithing
1911-52
Blacksmithing is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
The Craftsmanship Merit Badge was split into Basketry, Book Binding, Cement Work, Leathercraft, Metalwork, Pottery, Textiles, Wood Carving, and Woodwork.
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Bookbinding
1927-87
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Bookbinding
1927-87
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Bookbinding
1927-87
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Bookbinding
1927-87
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Botany
1921-95
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Botany
1921-95
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Botany
1921-95
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Botany
1921-95
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Bugling
1911-present
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Bugling
1911-present
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Bugling
1911-present
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Bugling
1911-present
Bugling is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
Business see American Business  

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Camping
1911-present
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Camping
1911-present
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Camping
1911-present
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Camping
1911-present
Camping is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Canoeing
1927-present
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Canoeing
1927-present
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Canoeing
1927-present
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Canoeing
1927-present
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Carpentry
2010
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Carpentry
1911-52
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Carpentry
1911-52
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Carpentry
1911-52
Carpentry is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Cement Work
1927-52
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Cement Work
1927-52
The Craftsmanship Merit Badge was split into Basketry, Book Binding, Cement Work, Leathercraft, Metalwork, Pottery, Textiles, Wood Carving, and Woodwork.
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Chemistry
1911-present
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Chemistry
1911-present
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Chemistry
1911-present
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Chemistry
1911-present
Chemistry is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Chess
2011-present
Cinematography see Moviemaking  
Civics is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Citizenship In The Home
1952-72
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Citizenship In The Home
1952-72
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Citizenship
1947-51
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Civics
1911-46
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Citizenship in the Community
1952-presemt
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Citizenship in the Community
1952-presemt
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Citizenship in the Nation
1951-present
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Citizenship in the Nation
1951-present
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Citizenship in the Nation
1951-present
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Citizenship in the World
1972-present
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World Brotherhood
1952-72
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World Brotherhood
1952-72
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World Brotherhood
1952–72
Citrus Fruit Culture see Fruit & Nut Growing
Clerk see American Business  
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Climbing
1997-present
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Coin Collecting
1938-present
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Coin Collecting
1938-present
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Coin Collecting
1938-present
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Collections
1991-present
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Colonial Philadelphia
1975-1976
In 1975 and 1976, the BSA authorized the Philadelphia Council to issue the Colonial Philadelphia Merit Badge. The Colonial Philadelphia Merit Badge could only be counted toward Eagle Palms. It was not a BSA badge but a Philadelphia Council badge. Only the Philadelphia Council could issue it. Only members of Philadelphia Council and possibly Valley Forge Council could earn it. For more see Colonial Philadelphia Merit Badge.
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Communications
1965-present
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Communications
1965-present
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Composite Materials
2008-present

Computer-Aided Design
TBA 2014-15
Computers see Digital Technology  
Conservation see Environmental Science Conservation of Natural Resources see Environmental Science  
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Consumer Buying
1975-95
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Cooking
1911-present
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Cooking
1911-present
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Cooking
1911-present
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Cooking
1911-present
Cooking is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
In 1975 the merit badges: Corn Farming, Cotton Farming, Forage Crops, Fruit & Nut Growing, and Small Grains were combined with parts of Agriculture into Plant Science.
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Corn Farming
1928-75
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Corn Farming
1928-75
In 1975 the merit badges: Corn Farming, Cotton Farming, Forage Crops, Fruit & Nut Growing, and Small Grains were combined with parts of Agriculture into Plant Science.
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Cotton Farming
1931-75
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Cotton Farming
1931-75
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Cotton Farming
1931-75
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Cotton Farming
1931-75
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Craftsmanship
1911-26
The Craftsmanship Merit Badge was split into Basketry, Book Binding, Cement Work, Leathercraft, Metalwork, Pottery, Textiles, Wood Carving, and Woodwork.
Craftsmanship is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Crime Prevention
1996-present
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Cycling
1911-present
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Cycling
1911-present
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Cycling
1911-present
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Cycling
1911-present
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Cycling
1911-present
Business is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Cyclist
1910
Cyclist is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.

D

In 1975 Diarying, and other merit badges were combined into Animal Science.
Dairying is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys"
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Dairying
1911-75
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Dairying
1911-75
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Dairying
1911-75
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Dairying
1911-75
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Dentistry
1975-present

Digital Technology
2014-present
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Computers
1967-2014
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Computers
1967-present
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Disabilities Awareness
1993-present
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Handicap Awareness
1985-93
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Dog Care
1938-present
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Dog Care
1938-present
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Dog Care
1938-present
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Dog Care
1938-present
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Drafting
1965-present
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Mechanical Drawing
1933-64
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Mechanical Drawing
1933-64
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Mechanical Drawing
1933-64
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Mechanical Drawing
1933-64
Dramatics see Theater  

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Electricity
1911-present
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Electricity
1911-present
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Electricity
1911-present
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Electricity
1911-present
Electricity is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Electrician
1910
Electrician is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.
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Electronics
1963-present
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Electronics
1963-present
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Emergency Preparedness
1972-present
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Emergency Preparedness
1972-present
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Energy
1976-present
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Engineering
1967-present
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Entrepreneurship
1997-present
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Environmental Science
1972-present
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Conservation of Natural Resources
1966-72
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Conservation of Natural Resources
1966-72
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Conservation
1911-52
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Conservation
1911-52
Conservation is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.

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Family Life
1991-present
 
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Farm & Ranch Management
1980-87
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Farm Arrangements
1974-79
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Farm Arrangement
1960-73
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Farm Home & Its Planning
1928-59
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Farm Home & Its Planning
1928-59
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Farm Layout & Building Arrangements
1928-59
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Farm Layout & Building Arrangements
1928-59
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Farm Mechanics
1928-present
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Farm Mechanics
1928-present
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Farm Mechanics
1928-present
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Farm Records
1959-80
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Farm Records
1959-80
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Farm Records
1959-80
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Farm Records & Bookkeeping
1928-58
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Farm Records & Bookkeeping
1928-58
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Fingerprinting
1938-present
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Fingerprinting
1938-present
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Fire Safety
1995-present
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Firemanship
1911-95
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Firemanship
1911-95
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Firemanship
1911-95
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Firemanship
1911-95
Firemanship is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Fireman
1910
Fireman is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.
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First Aid
1911-present
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First Aid
1911-present
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First Aid
1911-present
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First Aid
1911-present
First Aid is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Ambulance
1910
Ambulance is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.
First Aid To Animals see Veterinary Medicine
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Fish and Wildlife Management
1972-present
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Wildlife Management
1952-72
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Wildlife Management
1952-72
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Fishing
1952-present
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Fishing
1952-present
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Angling
1911-51
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Angling
1911-51
Angling is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Fly Fishing
2002-present
In 1975 the merit badges: Corn Farming, Cotton Farming, Forage Crops, Fruit & Nut Growing, and Small Grains were combined with parts of Agriculture into Plant Science.
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Forage Crops
1959-75
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Grasses, Legumes, & Forage Crops
1938-58
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Grasses, Legumes, & Forage Crops
1938-58
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Forestry
1911-present
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Forestry
1911-present
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Forestry
1911-present
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Forestry
1911-present
Forestry is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Foundry Practice
1923-52
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Foundry Practice
1923-52
In 1975 the merit badges: Corn Farming, Cotton Farming, Forage Crops, Fruit & Nut Growing, and Small Grains were combined with parts of Agriculture into Plant Science.
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Fruit & Nut Growing
1953-75
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Fruit Culture
1928-54
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Nut Culture
1928-54
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Citrus Fruit Culture
1931-52

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Game Design
2013-present
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Gardening
1911-present
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Gardening
1911-present
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Gardening
1911-present
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Gardening
1911-present
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Gardening
1911-present
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Gardener
1910
Gardener is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.
Gardening is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Genealogy
1972-present
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General Science
1972-95
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Zoology
1930-72
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Zoology
1930-72
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Zoology
1930-72
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Zoology
1930-72
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Geocaching
2010-present
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Geology
1953-present
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Rocks and Minerals
1937-53
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Rocks and Minerals
1937-53
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Golf
1976-present
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Graphic Arts
1987-present
Grasses, Legumes, & Forage Crops see Forage Crops  

H

Handicap Awareness see Disabilities Awareness Handicraft see Home Repairs
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Hiking
1921-present
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Hiking
1921-present
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Hiking
1921-present
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Hiking
1921-present
In 1975 the merit badges: Animal Industry, Beef Production, Dairying, Hog Production, Poultry Keeping, and Sheep Farming were combined with parts of Agriculture into Animal Science.
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Hog Production
1959-75
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Hog Production
1959-75
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Hog & Pork Production
1928-58
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Hog & Pork Production
1928-58
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Hog & Pork Production
1928-58
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Home Repairs
1943-present
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Home Repairs
1943-present
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Handicraft
1911-42
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Handicraft
1911-42
Handicraft is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Horsemanship
1911-present
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Horsemanship
1911-present
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Horsemanship
1911-present
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Horsemanship
1911-present
Horsemanship is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Horseman
1910
Horseman is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.

I

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Indian Lore
1931-present
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Indian Lore
1931-present
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Indian Lore
1931-present
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Indian Lore
1931-present
 
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Insect Study
1987-present
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Insect Life
1923-86
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Insect Life
1923-86
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Insect Life
1923-86
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Insect Life
1923-86
From 1923 to 1925 the Insect Life badge featured a spider. But a spider is not an insect; it´s an arachnid, which has eight legs and two body parts rather than the insect´s six legs and three body parts.
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Interpreting
1911-52
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Interpreting
1911-52
Interpreting is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Inventing
2010-present
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Invention
1911-17
Invention is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.

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Journalism
1927-present
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Journalism
1927-present
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Journalism
1927-present
 
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Journalism
1927-present
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Journalism
1927-present
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Journalism
1927-present
 

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Kayaking
2012-present
 

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Landscape Architecture
1967-present
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Landscaping
1959-66
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Landscaping
1959-66
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Landscape Gardening
1930-58
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Landscape Gardening
1930-58
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Landscape Gardening
1930-58
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Law
1974-present
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Leatherwork
1951-present
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Leather Work
1928-51
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Leather Work
1928-51
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Leather Working
1911-27
Leather Working is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Leathercraft
1927-52
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Leathercraft
1927-52
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Leathercraft
1927-52
The Craftsmanship Merit Badge was split into Basketry, Book Binding, Cement Work, Leathercraft, Metalwork, Pottery, Textiles, Wood Carving, and Woodwork.
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Lifesaving
1911-present
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Lifesaving
1911-present
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Lifesaving
1911-present
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Lifesaving
1911-present
Lifesaving is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.

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Machinery is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Machinery
1911-95
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Machinery
1911-95
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Machinery
1911-95
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Machinery
1911-95
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Mammal Study
1987-present
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Mammals
1972-86
Marksman see Rifle Shooting Marksmanship see Rifle Shooting  
Masonry is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Masonry
1911-95
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Masonry
1911-95
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Masonry
1911-95
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Masonry
1911-95
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Master-of-Arms
1910
Master-of-Arms is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.
The Master-at-Arms Badge involved mastering 3 of the following combat skills: single stick, boxing, ju jitsu, wrestling, quarterstaff and fencing.
The Master-at-Arms is the only one of the 14 original merit badges that was not renamed and included in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys"
Mechanical Drawing see Drafting  
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Medicine
1991-present
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Metalwork
1927-present
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Metalwork
1927-present
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Metalwork
1927-present
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Metalwork
1927-present
The Craftsmanship Merit Badge was split into Basketry, Book Binding, Cement Work, Leathercraft, Metalwork, Pottery, Textiles, Wood Carving, and Woodwork.
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Metals Engineering
1972-95
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Metallurgy
1965-71
Mining In Society
Mining in Society
2014-present
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Mining
1911-37
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Mining
1911-37
Mining is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Model Design and Building
1963-present
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Motorboating
1961-present
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Moviemaking
2013-present
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Cinematography
1990-2013

Multi-Media
TBA 2014
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Music
1911-present
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Music
1911-present
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Music
1911-present
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Music
1911-present
Music is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Musician
1910
Musician is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.

N

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Nature
1952-present
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Nature
1952-present
 
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Nuclear Science
2005-present
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Atomic Energy
1963-04
Nut Culture see Fruit & Nut Growing  

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Oceanography
1964-present
 
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Orienteering
1973-present
Ornithology see Bird Study

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Painting
1911-present
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Painting
1911-present
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Painting
1911-present
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Painting
1911-present
Painting is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Pathfinding
2010
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Pathfinding
1911-52
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Pathfinding
1911-52
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Pathfinding
1911-52
Pathfinding is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Physical Development
1914-52
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Physical Development
1914-52
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Physical Development
1914-52
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Physical Development
1914-52
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Personal Fitness
1952-present
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Personal Fitness
1952-present
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Personal Fitness
1952-present
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Personal Health 1911-52
Personal Health is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Personal Management
1972-present
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Personal Finances
1962-71
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Pets
1958-present
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Pets
1958-present
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Photography
1911-present
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Photography
1911-present
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Photography
1911-present
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Photography
1911-present
Photography is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
Physical Development see Personal Fitness
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Pigeon Raising
1933-80
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Pigeon Raising
1933-80
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Pigeon Raising
1933-80
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Pigeon Raising
1933-80
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Pioneering
1911-present
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Pioneering
1911-present
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Pioneering
1911-present
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Pioneering
1911-present
Pioneering is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Pioneer
1910
Pioneer is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.
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Plant Science
1974-present
In 1975 the merit badges: Corn Farming, Cotton Farming, Forage Crops, Fruit & Nut Growing, and Small Grains were combined with parts of Agriculture into Plant Science.
 
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Plumbing
1911-present
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Plumbing
1911-present
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Plumbing
1911-present
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Plumbing
1911-present
Plumbing is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Pottery
1927-present
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Pottery
1927-present
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Pottery
1927-present
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Pottery
1927-present
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Pottery
1927-present
The Craftsmanship Merit Badge was split into Basketry, Book Binding, Cement Work, Leathercraft, Metalwork, Pottery, Textiles, Wood Carving, and Woodwork.
In 1975 Poultry Keeping, and other merit badges were combined into Animal Science.
Poultry Farming is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys"
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Poultry Keeping
1914-75
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Poultry Keeping
1914-75
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Poultry Keeping
1914-75
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Poultry Farming
1911-13
Printing is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Printing 1911-81
Printing/
Communications
1982-87
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Printing
1911-81
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Printing
1911-81
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Printing
1911-81
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Programming
2013-present
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Public Health
1911-present
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Public Health
1911-present
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Public Health
1911-present
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Public Health
1911-present
Public Health is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Public Speaking
1932-present
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Public Speaking
1932-present
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Public Speaking
1932-present
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Public Speaking
1932-present
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Public Speaking
1932-present
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Pulp and Paper
1972-present

Q

R

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Rabbit Raising
1943-93
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Rabbit Raising
1943-93
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Rabbit Raising
1943-93
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Rabbit Raising
1943-93
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Radio
1923-present
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Radio
1923-present
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Radio
1923-present
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Radio
1923-present
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Wireless
1919-23

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Railroading
1952-present

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Railroading
1952-present

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Railroading
1952-present

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Reading
1929-present
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Reading
1929-present
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Reading
1929-present
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Reading
1929-present
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Reptile and Amphibian Study
1993-present
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Reptile Study
1927-93
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Reptile Study
1927-93
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Reptile Study
1927-93
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Reptile Study
1927-93
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Rifle Shooting
1987-present
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Rifle & Shotgun Shooting
1967-87
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Marksmanship
1911-66
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Marksmanship
1911-66
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Marksmanship
1911-66
Marksmanship is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Marksman
1910
Marksman is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.
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Robotics
2011-present
Rocks & Minerals see Geology  
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Rowing
1933-present
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Rowing
1933-present
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Rowing
1933-present
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Rowing
1933-present

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Safety
1927-present
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Safety
1927-present
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Safety
1927-present
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Safety
1927-present
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Safety First
1916-26
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Salesmanship
1927-present
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Salesmanship
1927-present
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Salesmanship
1927-present
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Salesmanship
1927-present
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Scholarship
1911-present
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Scholarship
1911-present
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Scholarship
1911-present
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Scholarship
1911-present
Scholarship is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Scouting Heritage
2010-present
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Scuba Diving
2009-present
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Sculpture
1911-present
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Sculpture
1911-present
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Sculpture
1911-present
Sculpture is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
Seaman see Small-Boat Sailing Seamanship see Small-Boat Sailing  
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Search and Rescue
2012-present
In 1975 the merit badges: Animal Industry, Beef Production, Dairying, Hog Production, Poultry Keeping, and Sheep Farming were combined with parts of Agriculture into Animal Science.
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Sheep Farming
1928-75
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Sheep Farming
1928-75
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Sheep Farming
1928-75
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Sheep Farming
1928-75
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Shotgun Shooting
1987-present
Rifle & Shotgun Shooting was the predecessor to Shotgun Shooting
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Signaling
2010
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Signaling
1911-92
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Signaling
1911-92
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Signaling
1911-92
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Signaling
1911-92
Signaling is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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1910 Signaller
Signaller is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.

Signs, Signals, & Codes
TBA 2014
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Skating
1973-present
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Skating
1973-present
Skiing see Snow Sports  
In 1975 the merit badges: Corn Farming, Cotton Farming, Forage Crops, Fruit & Nut Growing, and Small Grains were combined with parts of Agriculture into Plant Science.
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Small Grains
1959-75
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Small Grains & Cereal Foods
1943-1958
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Small Grains & Cereal Foods
1943-1958
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Small-Boat Sailing
1964-present
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Seamanship
1911-64
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Seamanship
1911-64
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Seamanship
1911-64
Seamanship is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Seaman
1910
Seaman is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.
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Snow Sports
1999-present
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Skiing
1938-99
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Skiing
1938-99
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Soil and Water Conservation
1952-present
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Soil and Water Conservation
1952-present
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Soil Management
1928-52
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Soil Management
1928-52
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Space Exploration
1965-present
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Sports
1972-present
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Stalking
1911-52
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Stalking
1911-52
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Stalking
1911-52
Stalking is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Stalker
1910
Stalker is one of the original 14 merit badges in the 1910 "Boy Scouts of America Official Handbook" by Ernest Thompson Seton and Baden-Powell.
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Stamp Collecting
1931-present
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Stamp Collecting
1931-present
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Stamp Collecting
1931-present
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Surveying
1911-present
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Surveying
1911-present
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Surveying
1911-present
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Surveying
1911-present
Surveying is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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Sustainability
2013-present
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Swimming
1911-present
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Swimming
1911-present
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Swimming
1911-present
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Swimming
1911-present
Swimming is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.

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Taxidermy
1911-52
Taxidermy is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
 
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Textile
1973-present
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Textiles
1927-72
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Textiles
1927-72
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Textiles
1927-72
The Craftsmanship Merit Badge was split into Basketry, Book Binding, Cement Work, Leathercraft, Metalwork, Pottery, Textiles, Wood Carving, and Woodwork.
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Theater
1967-present
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Dramatics
1932-66
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Dramatics
1932-66
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Tracking
2010
Stalking was the predecessor of Tracking. Because of what the term stalking means in today’s language and society, the original name has been changed to Tracking.
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Traffic Safety
1975-present
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Automotive Safety
1962-74
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Truck Transportation
1973-present

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V

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Veterinary Medicine
1995-present
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Veterinary Science
1973-95
First Aid To Animals is one of the 57 merit badges in the 1911 "Boy Scout of America Handbook for Boys" which is sometimes recognized as the first BSA handbook, ignorng the 1910 Handbook.
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First Aid To Animals
1911-72
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First Aid To Animals
1911-72
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First Aid To Animals
1911-72
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First Aid To Animals
1911-72

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Water Sports
2007-present
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Waterskiing
1969-2007
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Waterskiing
1969-2007
 
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Weather
1927-present
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Weather
1927-present
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Weather
1927-present
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Weather
1927-present
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Weather
1927-present
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Weather
1927-present
When the Weather badge debuted in 1927, it showed a comet streaking across the night sky. But comets are not a weather-related phenomenon, so the weathervane replaced the comet.
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Welding
2012-present
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Whitewater
1987-present
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Whitewater
1987-present
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Wilderness Survival
1973-present
Wildlife Management see Fish and Wildlife Management Wireless see Radio  
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Wood Carving
1927-present
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Wood Carving
1927-present
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Wood Carving
1927-present
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Wood Carving
1927-present
The Craftsmanship Merit Badge was split into Basketry, Book Binding, Cement Work, Leathercraft, Metalwork, Pottery, Textiles, Wood Carving, and Woodwork.
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Wood Turning
1930-52
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Wood Turning
1930-52
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Woodwork
1927-present
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Woodwork
1927-present
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Woodwork
1927-present
The Craftsmanship Merit Badge was split into Basketry, Book Binding, Cement Work, Leathercraft, Metalwork, Pottery, Textiles, Wood Carving, and Woodwork.
World Brotherhood see Citizenship in the World

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Y

Z

Zoology see General Science
 

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