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Historic Merit Badge: Pathfinding

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Historic Merit Badge: Pathfinding

Posted on 06 April 2010 by Dan

As we stated in Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!), we are going to be taking an in-depth look at each of the four Historic Merit Badges in the next few days.  First up was Carpentry Merit Badge, then Signaling Merit Badge, then Tracking Merit Badge, and finally Pathfinding Merit Badge!

Pathfinding Merit Badge was first offered in 1911, and was discontinued in 1952. 

Original Pathfinding Merit Badge Book:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Pathfinding_MBP_Historical.pdf

New Information for Pathfinding Merit Badge:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/historic_pathfinding_new.pdf

Pathfinding Merit Badge Requirements:

  1. In the country, know every lane, bypath, and short cut for a distance of at least two miles in every direction around the local scout headquarters; or in a city, have a general knowledge of the district within a three-mile radius of the local scout headquarters, so as to be able to guide people at any time, by day or by night.
  2. Know the population of the five principal neighboring towns, their general direction from his scout headquarters, and be able to give strangers correct directions how to reach them.
  3. If in the country, know in a two mile radius, the approximate number of horses, cattle, sheep, and pigs owned on the five neighboring farms; or, in a town, know, in a half-mile radius, the location of livery stables, garages and blacksmith shops.
  4. Know the location of the nearest meat markets, bakeries, groceries, and drug stores.
  5. Know the location of the the nearest police station, hospital, doctor, fire alarm, fire hydrant, telegraph and telephone offices, and railroad stations.
  6. Know something of the history of his place; and know the location of its principal public buildings, such as the town or city hall, post-office, schools and churches.
  7. Submit a map not necessarily drawn by himself upon which he personally has indicated as much as possible of the above information.

Related Current Merit Badges:

  • Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge
  • American Heritage

This historical merit badge will only be available during the 100th Anniversary year of Scouting. The Pathfinding merit badge counts toward rank advancement.  Requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2010.

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Historic Merit Badge: Tracking

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Historic Merit Badge: Tracking

Posted on 05 April 2010 by Dan

As we stated in Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!), we are going to be taking an in-depth look at each of the four Historic Merit Badges in the next few days.  First up was Carpentry Merit Badge, then Signaling Merit Badge, and now Tracking!

Tracking Merit Badge was first offered in 1911 under the name Stalking, and was discontinued in 1952.  Stalking had one additional requirement that was not included as part of the Historic Merit Badge Program, and that was to follow the trail of  a person.  According to the Tracking Merit Badge support material, it was decided to omitt this requirement and switch the name to Tracking based on what the term stalking means in today’s language.

Original Stalking Merit Badge Book:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Stalking_MBP_Historical.pdf

New Information for Tracking Merit Badge:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/historic_tracking_new.pdf

Tracking Merit Badge Requirements:

  1. Demonstrate by means of a [tracking] game or otherwise, ability to [track] skillfully in shelter and wind, etc., showing how to proceed noiselessly and “freeze” when occasion demands.
  2. Know and recognize the tracks of ten different kinds of animals or birds in his vicinity, three of which may be domestic.
  3. Submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed two different kinds of wild animals or birds on ordinary ground far enough to determine the direction in which they were going, and their gait or speed. Give the names of animals or birds trailed, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed; or submit satisfactory evidence that he has trailed six different kinds of wild animal or birds in snow, sand, dust, or mud, far enough to determine the direction they were going and their gait or speed. Give names of animals or birds, their direction of travel, and describe gait and speed.
  4. Submit evidence that he has scored at least 30 points from the following groups:
    Group (f) and 4 of the 5 groups (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) must be represented in the score of 30 and at least 7 points must be scored from (a), (b), or (c). Make clear recognizable photographs of
  5. (a) Live bird away from nest – 4 points each
  6. (b) Live woodchuck or smaller wild animal – 3 points each
  7. (c) Live wild animal larger than woodchuck – 4 points each 
  8. (d)  Live bird on nest – 3 points each
  9. (e)  Tracks of live wild animal or bird – 2 points each
    AND
  10. (f) Make satisfactory plaster cast of wild animal or bird tracks with identification imprint on back of cast – 2 points each

Related Current Merit Badges:

  • Orienteering
  • Citizenship in the Community

This historical merit badge will only be available during the 100th Anniversary year of Scouting. The Tracking merit badge counts toward rank advancement.  Requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2010.

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Historic Merit Badge: Signaling

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Historic Merit Badge: Signaling

Posted on 04 April 2010 by Dan

As we stated in Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!), we are going to be taking an in-depth look at each of the four Historic Merit Badges in the next few days.  First up was Carpentry Merit Badge, now its Signaling!

Signaling Merit Badge was first offered in 1910, and was discontinued in 1992.  This Merit Badge is not an easy one session merit badge, Scouts need to have a basic grasp of Morse Code and Semaphore Code which could take a few months to learn.

Original Signaling Merit Badge Book:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Signaling_MBP_Historical.pdf

New Information for Signaling Merit Badge:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/historic_signaling_new.pdf

Signaling Merit Badge Requirements:

  1. Make an electric buzzer outfit, wireless, blinker, or other signaling device.
  2. Send and receive in the International Morse Code, by buzzer or other sound device, a complete message of not less than 35 words, at a rate of not less than 35 letters per minute.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to send and receive a message in the International Morse Code by wigwag and by blinker or other light signaling device at the rate of not less than 20 letters per minute.
  4. Send and receive by Semaphore Code at the rate of not less than 30 letters per minute.
  5. Know the proper application of the International Morse and Semaphore Codes; when, where, and how they can be used to best advantage.
  6. Discuss briefly various other codes and methods of signaling which are in common use.

Related Current Merit Badges:

  • Wilderness Survival
  • Radio
  • Communications

This historical merit badge will only be available during the 100th Anniversary year of Scouting. The Signaling merit badge counts toward rank advancement.  Requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2010.

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Historic Merit Badge: Carpentry

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Historic Merit Badge: Carpentry

Posted on 03 April 2010 by Dan

As we stated in Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!), we are going to be taking an in-depth look at each of the four Historic Merit Badges in the next few days.  First up is Carpentry Merit Madge!

Carpentry Merit Badge was first offered in 1911, and was discontinued in 1952. 

 Original Carpentry Merit Badge Book:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Carpentry.pdf

New Information for Carpentry Merit Badge:
http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/historic_carpentry_new.pdf

Carpentry Merit Badge Requirements:

  1. Demonstrate the use of the rule, square, level, plumb-line, mitre, chalk-line and bevel.
  2. Demonstrate the proper way to drive, set, and clinch a nail, draw a spike with a claw-hammer, and to join two pieces of wood with screws.
  3. Show correct use of the cross-cut saw and of the rip-saw.
  4. Show how to plane the edge, end and the broad surface of a board.
  5. Demonstrate how to lay shingles.
  6. Make a simple article of furniture for practical use in the home or on the home grounds, finished in a workmanlike manner, all work to be done without assistance.

Related Current Merit Badges:

  • Woodwork Merit Badge
  • Home Repairs Merit Badge

This historical merit badge will only be available during the 100th Anniversary year of Scouting. The Carpentry merit badge counts toward rank advancement.  Requirements must be completed by Dec. 31, 2010.

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Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!)

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Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!)

Posted on 02 April 2010 by Dan

It’s been a long wait since Scouting Magazine announced the Historic Merit Badge Program back in January to yesterday when the program was made live for Scouts to earn the badges.  (ok, technically the material first appeared on March 30th, according to some readers- however according to the material April 1st was the first day of the program.)  The original announcement with lack of details caused quite a flurry on the web with some Councils and Leaders jumping the gun and offering the merit badges based solely off of the original requirements.  A lot of folks couldn’t wait for the details as is apparent from the comments on our February 2nd post stating the Historic Merit Badge Program was on hold until the materials were finished and posted online per the original announcement.

All of the support material for the Historic Merit Badge Program can now be found here:
http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/historical_mb_program.aspx

The site features background, requirements for each of the four Historic Merit Badges (Carpentry, Signaling, Tracking, Pathfinding), sample press releases, Historic Merit Badge Fliers, an implementation plan, and plans to hold the merit badge sessions at Council events.

According to the National site, one of the goals for the Historic Merit Badge program is for a majority of the BSA’s registered Boy Scouts earn one of the merit badges during the centennial year.  The historic badges will count towards a Scout’s rank advancement, and the effective date for earning these merit badges is April 1, 2010, and the requirements must be completed no later than December 31st, 2010.

Since it is now official, don’t delay, go out and recruit some appropriate Merit Badge Counselors and help your Scouts take this step back in history!  Everything you need is available at http://www.scouting.org/sitecore/content/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/historical_mb_program.aspx

Over the next few days, we at Scouting News are going to take an in-depth look into all four of these Historical Merit Badges.

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Historic Merit Badge Program on Hold

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Historic Merit Badge Program on Hold

Posted on 02 February 2010 by Dan

Update:  As of April 1st the Historic Merit Badge Program is live.  Learn more by reading Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!)

According to the good folks over at U.S. Scouting Service Project News Blog, the historic Merit Badge program is on hold. There had been a few rumors about the program happening, but it looked like everything was in the bag when the Scouting Magazine blog introduced the program on Jan 12, 2010. Turns out that is not the case.

In case you missed one of the many posts (Scouting News had yet to cover the program, as something just didn’t feel right about how it was being announced) that were made about the Historic Merit Badge Program the concept was, for one year, to bring back four historical merit badges. The badges selected were reported to be: Signaling, Tracking, Pathfinding, and Carpentry.

It is my understanding the program will still happen, however the details about the requirements and the back-end details with the Supply Group are still being worked out. Hopefully the details are finalized soon so summer camps can incorporate the historic badges into their offerings!

Update:  As of April 1st the Historic Merit Badge Program is live.  Learn more by reading Historic Merit Badge Program A Go (for real this time!)

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