Atomic Energy Merit Badge HISTORY
 
Atomic Energy MERIT BADGE History
 
Preceded by: Introduced: Discontinued: Replaced with:
Introduced as Atomic Energy 1963 2004 Nuclear Science
Nuclear Science 2005 current current
       
The Atomic Energy merit badge was first announced in the October 1963 edition of Scouting Magazine. Some Scouts were able to earn the merit badge starting in 1964 thru the use of the prototype pamphlets and the requirements posted in the 1963 article. In 2005, the title was changed to Nuclear Science but continued the exisiting merit badge design. Totals show here are for both merit badges.
 
Atomic Energy Merit Badges Earned by Year
             
        1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
        1,188 1,589 2,871 3,206 3,522 3,037
        Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy
                   
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
3,002 2,513 2,085 3,240 3,417 3,085 2,803 2,515 1,994 1,758
Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy
                   
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
873 1,426                
Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy
                   
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
      6,278     4,188      
Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy
                   
2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
5,230 5,106 4,439 4,792 5,289 3,585 3,188 4,595 4,505 5,881
Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Atomic Energy Nuclear Science Nuclear Science Nuclear Science Nuclear Science Nuclear Science
                   
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
5,908 6,965 7,114 7,666 6,657 6,728 7,005 6,702 6,678 6,623
Nuclear Science Nuclear Science Nuclear Science Nuclear Science Nuclear Science Nuclear Science Nuclear Science Nuclear Science Nuclear Science  
                   
            Grand Total: 207,472
                   
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 2019.
 
Atomic Energy MERIT BADGES
 
Atomic Energy Merit Badge - Type G Atomic Energy Merit Badge - Type H Atomic Energy Merit Badge - Type I Atomic Energy Merit Badge - Type J Nuclear Science Merit Badge - Type J
Type G Type H Type I Type J Type J
1961-1971 1972-2002 1993-1995 2003-2004 2005-2009
(cloth back) (blue, clear, and molded) (38mm and 42mm) (Scout Stuff back) (Scout Stuff back)
         
Nuclear Science Merit Badge - Type K Nuclear Science Merit Badge - Type L      
Type K Type L      
2010-2014 2015-current      
(BSA 2010 back) (Since 1910 back)      
 
Atomic Energy MERIT BADGE PAMPHLETS
 
Atomic Energy Merit Badge Pamphlet - Prototype 1 Atomic Energy Merit Badge Pamphlet - Prototype 1 Atomic Energy Merit Badge Pamphlet - Prototype 3 Atomic Energy Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 6
Prototype 1 Prototype 2 Prototype 3 Type 6
1963 1964 1964 1965
       
Atomic Energy Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 7 Atomic Energy Merit Badge Pamphlet -1969 National Jamboree Atomic Energy Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 8 Atomic Energy Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9A
Type 7 1969 National Jamboree Type 8 Type 9A
1966-1972 1969 1973-1979 1980-1982
       
Atomic Energy Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9B      
Type 9B      
1983-2004      

 

KNOWN ATOMIC ENERGY MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET HARD COVER VARIETIES

 
Atomic Energy Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCL Atomic Energy Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCN    
Type HCL Type HCN    
       
this page last reviewed / updated: March 2020
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