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Art MERIT BADGE History
 
Preceded by: Introduced: Discontinued: Replaced with:
Original 1911 current current
       
The Art merit badge is a very popular merit badge with over 1 million earned since 1911.
 
Art Merit Badges Earned by Year
             
  1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
  1 31 74 156 93 75 122 112 305
                   
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
271 366 472 468 609 683 1,177 1,555 1,934 2,550
                   
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
2,031 2,421 2,308 2,483 2,298 2,183 1,953 2,321 2,801 2,940
                   
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
3,074 2,802 2,876 3,168 4,998 7,198 7,004 6,847 6.875 8,003
                   
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
10,545 12,082 13,120 11,620 14,000 15,211 14,991 14,315 14,854 17,043
                   
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
19,529 18,062 17,384 17,287 18,649 14,371 11,162 10,721 10,116 10,732
                   
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
10,556 10,658 10,121 15,797 21,307 21,950 18,604 15,263 13,286 9,065
                   
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
5,926 9,028                
                   
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
      14,363     22,988      
                   
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
28,531 30,603 36,073 34,883 35,792 33,031 32,856 27,112 27,991 31,034
                   
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
28,707 32,146 29,273 28,031 25,438 24,374 22,990 21,567
                   
            Grand Total: 1,377,741
                   
Cells shown in green indicate that merit badges were earned during the year but the exact number is not currently known. The Grand Total is based off of official reports and research and includes all known and unknown yearly numbers.  Detailed annual numbers will be updated after being found and validated.  Grand Total is for merit badges earned through 2017.
 
Art MERIT BADGES
 
Art Merit Badge - Type A Art Merit Badge - Type A Art Merit Badge - Type B Art Merit Badge - Type C Art Merit Badge - Type D
Type A Type A Type B Type C Type D
1911-1933 1911-1933 1934-1935 1936-1946 1942-1946
(variations) (variations) (heavyweight cloth) (heavyweight and lightweight cloth) (war and fine twill cloth)
         
Art Merit Badge - Type E Art Merit Badge - Type F Art Merit Badge - Type G Art Merit Badge - Type H DOES NOT EXIST IN THIS STYLE
Type E Type F Type G Type H Type I
1947-1960 1961-1968 1961-1971 1972-2002  
  (rolled edge) (cloth back) (blue, clear, and molded)  
         
Art Merit Badge - Type J Art Merit Badge - Type K Art Merit Badge - Type L    
Type J Type K Type L    
2003-2009 2010-2014 2015-current    
(Scout Stuff back) (BSA 2010 back) (Since 1910 back)    
 
Art MERIT BADGE PAMPHLETS
 
Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 1C Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 2 Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3A Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3B
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3A Type 3B
1920 1920-1924 1925-1928 1924-1939
       
Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3D Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 4 Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 5A Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 5B
Type 3D Type 4 Type 5A Type 5B
1938-1940 1940-1943 1944 1945-1952
       
Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 6 Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 7 Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 8 Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9A
Type 6 Type 7 Type 8 Type 9A
1953-1967 1968-1971 1972-1979 1980-2000
       
Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9B Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9C-1 Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9C-2 Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10A
Type 9B Type 9C-1 Type 9C-2 Type 10A
2001-2005 2006 2007 2008
       
Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10B Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10C Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10C Art Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10D
Type 10B Type 10C-1 Type 10C-2 Type 10D
2009 2010-2012 2013-2015 2016-current
       

KNOWN ART MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET HARD COVER VARIETIES

 
Art Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCJ Art Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCX Art Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCX Art Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCX
Type HCJ Type HCL Type HCM Type HCP
 
this page last reviewed / updated: November 2018
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