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Athletics MERIT BADGE History
 
Preceded by: Introduced: Discontinued: Replaced with:
Original 1911 current current
       
The Type 3 Athletics merit badge pamphlets have subtle but noticeable color variances in the ATHLETICS title.  Most variants exist in the Type 3B pamphlets ranging from a yellowish-orange to a light red.
 
Athletics Merit Badges Earned by Year
             
  1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
  0 38 54 135 246 297 617 741 1,691
                   
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
1,778 3,081 4,168 4,256 4,731 5,522 7,630 9,432 9,346 11,843
                   
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
12,726 15,377 15,558 16,935 15,633 16,851 15,451 16,108 19,096 21,001
                   
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
19,912 17,654 16,872 18,402 21,104 20,628 17,587 16,056 15,141 16,927
                   
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
18,655 20,182 20,255 10,666 11,410 11,150 11,218 10,564 11,155 11,502
                   
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
15,816 16,698 17,686 17,513 16,869 15,071 13,502 14,929 14,183 15,298
                   
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
15,844 15,432 15,623 15,243 20,955 20,300 18,035 16,009 13,063 10,273
                   
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
4,226 8.979                
                   
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
      3,594     5,485      
                   
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
4,099 4,258 4,689 4,412 4,223 4,260 4,308 5,959 3,445 3,779
                   
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
3,728 3,411 3,465 3,709 3,241 3,604 3,125
                   
            Grand Total: 1,071,734 
                   
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 2016.
 
Athletics MERIT BADGES
 
Athletics Merit Badge - Type A Athletics Merit Badge - Type B Athletics Merit Badge - Type C Athletics Merit Badge - Type D Athletics Merit Badge - Type E
Type A Type B Type C Type D Type E
1911-1933 1934-1935 1936-1942 1942-1946 1947-1960
(variations) (heavyweight and depression cloth) (heavyweight and lightweight cloth) (wartime and fine twill cloth)  
         
Athletics Merit Badge - Type F Athletics Merit Badge - Type G Athletics Merit Badge - Type H DOES NOT EXIST IN THIS STYLE Athletics Merit Badge - Type J
Type F Type G Type H Type I Type J
1961-1968 1969-1971 1972-2002   2003-2009
(rolled edge) (cloth back) (blue, clear, and molded)   (Scout Stuff back)
         
Athletics Merit Badge - Type K Athletics Merit Badge - Type L      
Type K Type L      
2010-2014 2015-current      
(BSA 2010 back) (Since 1910 back)      
 
Athletics MERIT BADGE PAMPHLETS
 
Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 1B Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 2 Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3A Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3B
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3A Type 3B
1919-1921 1922-1924 1925-1928 1928-1935
       
Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3C Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3D Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 4 Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 5A
Type 3C Type 3D Type 4 Type 5A
1936-1938 1939 1939-1944 1944
       
Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 5B-1 Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 5B-2 Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 6A Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 6B
Type 5B-1 Type 5B-2 Type 6A Type 6B
1945 1946-1952 1953-1963 1964-1966
       
Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 7A-1 Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 7A-2 Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 8A-1 Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 8A-2
Type 7A-1 Type 7A-2 Type 8A-1 Type 8A-2
1967-1969 1970-1972 1973-1975 1976-1979
       
Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9A Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9B-1 Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9B-2 Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10A
Type 9A Type 9B-1 Type 9B-2 Type 10A
1980-2005 2006 2007 2008
       
Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10B Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10C Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10C Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 10D
Type 10B Type 10C-1A Type 10C-1B Type 10D
2009 2010-2012 2013-2015 2016-current

 

KNOWN ATHLETICS MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET HARD COVER VARIETIES

 
Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCB Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCI Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCL Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCM
Type HCB Type HCI Type HCL Type HCM
       
Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCP Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCS    
Type HCP Type HCS    
       
 
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