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Merit Badges of Yore...

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I find lists of BSA merit badges entertaining. The list has grown considerably over the past 100+ years, but despite the constant additions, some merit badges fall out of favor.  Maybe irrelevance. Maybe a general lack of interest. Maybe....who knows?

Some just get renamed.

Some get merged into more generic umbrella badges. (For example, Hog Production, Rabbit Raising and others into "Animal Science").

Here's a few discontinued badges that don't seem to have been victims of re-naming efforts or consolidation into other more generic badges  

  • Masonry
  • Cement Working
  • Interpreting
  • Pathfinding
  • Taxidermy
  • Clerk
  • Master-at-Arms
  • Stalking 
  • Beekeeping

Wonder why Cement Working and Masonry got dropped?  They're clearly still relevant as I see lots of men making their living by building bridges, buildings, sidewalks, highways, etc. 

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Sort of like Auto Mechanics that is now Automotive Maintenance, it can be confusing

They brought back Pathfinding and Stalking in 2010 as part of the historic merit badges.  Pathfinding was interesting and achievable, had a good clinic for that one with the unit.  We looked at having a clinic for Stalking but it was pretty in depth and took a hard pass.

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On 2/6/2019 at 2:45 PM, walk in the woods said:

I'm the proud holder of a Beekeeping MB.  At one point the BSA said they were going to make pollinators part of Env. Science I think.

Bees are in the Environmental Science MB and Insect Study MB as options.

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Yes things adapt and change.   No more "Blacksmithing" MB. 

And I must remind folks that there is no truth to the rumor that BSA is planning to fold the Pet MB into the Cooking MB..... 

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