Bee Keeping / BEEKEEPING Merit Badge HISTORY
 
Bee Keeping / BEEKEEPING MERIT BADGE History
 
Preceded by: Introduced: Discontinued: Replaced with:
Bee Farming 1914 1995 N/A
       
The Bee Keeping / Beekeeping merit badge is sometimes considered to be two different merit badges, this is due in part to the spelling change in the early 1950's from two words to one word.
 
Bee Keeping / Beekeeping Merit Badges Earned by Year
             
        1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919
        214 39 19 19 51 97
                   
1920 1921 1922 1923 1924 1925 1926 1927 1928 1929
66 147 199 207 190 364 357 407 1,154 659
                   
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
493 679 536 473 424 395 521 390 544 555
                   
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
529 549 665 502 613 491 610 516 426 530
                   
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
562 618 755 729 932 982 1,191 1,004 796 1,181
                   
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
888 817 840 804 816 758 879 907 799 1,119
                   
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
806 774 825 1,899 1,411 1,427 1,543 1,419 1,257 1,030
                   
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
670 1,149                
                   
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
      777     162      
                   
2000 2001 2002 2003            
25 10 30 20            
            Grand Total: 60,261
                   
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.
                   
Cells with the year shadowed in orange indicate that merit badges were earned during the year but were earned prior/post the merit badge's official offering dates.  In some rare cases the BSA would introduce the merit badge early to a small group or event as a roll out or introduction of the "new badge".  More often badges earned after the official end date are usually a result of the BSA allowing Scouts who had already started work on the badge requirements prior to the end date to continue working and earning the badge, but ONLY if they had already started working on the old requirements. There are other special/unique situations that also account for these later year numbers.
 
Bee Keeping / BEEKEEPING MERIT BADGES
 
Bee Keeping Merit Badge - Type A Bee Keeping Merit Badge - Type B Bee Keeping Merit Badge - Type C Bee Keeping Merit Badge - Type C NOT KNOWN TO EXIST IN THIS STYLE
Type A Type B Type C Type C Type D
1914-1933 1934-1935 1936-1938 1939-1946  
(variations) (heavyweight cloth) (heavyweight cloth) (heavyweight and lightweight cloth)  
         
Bee Keeping Merit Badge - Type E Bee Keeping Merit Badge - Type E Bee Keeping Merit Badge - Type E DOES NOT EXIST IN THIS STYLE Bee Keeping Merit Badge - Type G
Type E Type E Type E Type F Type G
1947-1951 1952-1956 1957-1960   1961-1971
        (cloth back)
         
Bee Keeping Merit Badge - Type G Bee Keeping Merit Badge - Type H      
Type G Type H      
1967 1972-1995      
(silver border error) (blue, clear, and molded)      
         
 
Bee Keeping MERIT BADGE PAMPHLETS
 
Bee Keeping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 1 Bee Keeping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 2 Bee Keeping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3A Bee Keeping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3B
Type 1 Type 2 Type 3A Type 3B
1920-21 1922-1925 1925-1928 1929-1943
       
Bee Keeping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 5A Bee Keeping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 5B Beekeeping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 6A Beekeeping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 6B
Type 5A Type 5B Type 6A Type 6B
1944 1945-1951 1952-1956 1957-1967
       
Beekeeping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 7 Beekeeping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 8 Beekeeping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9A Beekeeping Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9B
Type 7 Type 8 Type 9A Type 9B
1967-1971 1972-1978 1979-1982 1983-1993

 

KNOWN BEE KEEPING / BEEKEEPING MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET HARD COVER VARIETIES

 
Bee Keeping Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCJ      
Type HCJ      
       
 
this page last reviewed / updated: October 2017
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