Bookbinding Merit Badge HISTORY
 
Bookbinding MERIT BADGE History
 
Preceded by: Introduced: Discontinued: Replaced with:
Craftsmanship 1914 (Craftsmanship) / 1928 1986 Graphic Arts
       
The Bookbinding merit badge started out as a part of the Crafstmanship series of merit badges.  Craftsmanship comprised of a half dozen different merit badges, all of which in 1928 branched out to be their own independent merit badge with their own merit badge design. Information shown here is only for 1928 and beyond Bookbinding merit badge publications and earnings. See Craftsmanship merit badge for earlier information.
 
Bookbinding Merit Badges Earned by Year
             
                1928 1929
                10,667 11,232
                   
1930 1931 1932 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939
11,896 15,521 12,881 12,943 11,310 12,186 9,583 10,471 12,417 12,887
                   
1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949
12,637 10,933 8,785 8,996 10,901 10,350 7,783 6,085 5,184 6,094
                   
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
7,993 9,285 9,799 9,181 11,131 11,860 10,510 8,178 6,198 5,437
                   
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
5,462 4,576 4,007 3,779 3,794 3,564 3,413 3,520 3,227 3,278
                   
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
2,888 2,667 2,448 3,651 4,208 3,961 3,292 2,869 2,515 510
                   
1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
860 1,245                
                   
1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996      
      0     6      
                   
            Grand Total: 391,054 
                   
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.
 
Bookbinding MERIT BADGES
 
Bookbinding Merit Badge - Type A Bookbinding Merit Badge - Type B Bookbinding Merit Badge - Type C Bookbinding Merit Badge - Type D Bookbinding 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 cloth) (heavyweight and lightweight cloth) (wartime and fine twill cloth)  
         
Bookbinding Merit Badge - Type F Bookbinding Merit Badge - Type F Bookbinding Merit Badge - Type G Bookbinding Merit Badge - Type H  
Type F Type F Type G Type H  
1961-1965 1966-1968 1969-1971 1972-1987  
(rolled edge) (rolled edge) (cloth back) (blue, clear, and molded)  
 
Bookbinding MERIT BADGE PAMPHLETS
 
Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 2 Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3A-1 Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3A-2 Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3B
Type 2 Type 3A-1 Type 3A-2 Type 3B
1920-1924 1925-1926 1927 1928-1935
       
Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3C Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 3D Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 4 Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 5A
Type 3C Type 3D Type 4 Type 5A
1936-1939 1939-1940 1941-1943 1944
       
Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 5B Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 6 Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 7 Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 8
Type 5B Type 6 Type 7 Type 8
1945-1951 1953-1967 1968-1972 1973-1979
       
Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet - Type 9      
Type 9      
1980-1986      

 

KNOWN BOOKBINDING MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET HARD COVER VARIETIES

 
Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCJ Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCM Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCP Bookbinding Merit Badge Pamphlet Hard Cover - Type HCTv1
Type HCJ Type HCM Type HCP Type HCTv1
 
this page last reviewed / updated: November 2018
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