|The Auto Mechanics merit badge was announced in the October 1991
edition of Scouting Magazine and in 2008 quietly changed to the current title of
Automotive Maintenance. A new merit badge design accompanied the August 1, 2008
release of the new color Merit Badge pamphlets that saw Auto Mechnics morph
immediately into Automotive Maintenance. Total merit badges earned numbers,
maintained by the National BSA, reflect these two merit badges as one.merit
badge in their records.