Collections Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Collections Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Collections Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Other Collections MERIT BADGE PAGES
Collections Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Collections Merit Badge Workbook
Collections Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Collections Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Collections Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Your collection

5. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude




Stamp and Coin Collecting are excluded from eligibility for this merit badge


1. Prepare a short, written report or outline for your counselor, giving a detailed description of your collection, including a short history. Be sure to include why you chose that particular type of collecting and what you enjoy and have learned from your collection. (Stamp and coin collecting are excluded from eligibility for this merit badge)

Scouts should have this written out to show the counselor that some thought and preparation has gone into this requirement and Scouts should be prepared to discuss their findings. Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must prepare a short, written report to get credit.


2. Explain the growth and development of your collection.

Scouts should be prepared to share how they got started collecting what they collect, how long they have been collecting, if they have any specialties or requirements to consider it collectable, how their collection has grown, where they obtain items to add to their collection, etc.


3. Demonstrate your knowledge of preserving and displaying your collection.

a. Explain the precautions you need to take to preserve your collection, including

1. Handling

2. Cleaning

3. Storage

b. Explain how best to display your collection, keeping in mind preserving as discussed above.

c. Explain to your counselor the events available for a hobbyist of this collection, including shows, seminars, conventions, contests, and museum programs or exhibits.

Scouts will have an opportunity to explain how the proper caring for and displaying of a collection like they have. Scouts should also research if there are any clubs, organizations, events, etc that support or tie in with their collection. Preparation should be easy for this requirement.


4. Demonstrate your knowledge of collecting and investing. Discuss with your counselor:

a. How investing and speculation would apply to your collection

b. What you would look for in purchasing other collections similar to yours

c. What you would expect in return value if you decided to sell all or part of the collection

Scouts should be prepared for discussion of these items. Every type of collection is different, and most counselors are well-versed in collecting in general. This is an opportunity for the Scout to educate fellow Scouts as well as the counselor about their collection and knowledge.


5. Do the following:

a. Discuss with your counselor at least 10 terms commonly used in your collection and be prepared to discuss the definition of each.

Scouts should identify 10 terms particular to their type of collection and be ready to share this during the class. Some Scouts may find it more convenient to write this information down, so they are able to more readily share this information during the class.


b. Show your counselor any two groups from your collection. Explain how you organized your collection and why you chose that method. (Note: if your collection is too large to transport and your counselor is unable to view your collection directly, photographs should be available to share.)

Scouts will need to have their collection or photographs (if it is too large to bring) ready to share with the counselor and other Scouts.


c. Explain how your collection is valued by other collectors and display to your counselor any price guides that may be available.

d. Explain how your collection is graded for value, physical defects, size and age. Show the various classifications or ratings used in your collection.

Some research may be necessary to prepare for components 5c and 5d of the requirement. Even the oddest of items may be considered collectable and someone may have a reference and/or price guide out there if you search enough. The counselor may choose not to sign off on one or all of these three components of this requirement if they feel the Scout has not thoroughly researched his collection for this information. Most things Scouts collect can be found in some sort of manner on the internet; with few exceptions.


e. List the national, state, or local association responsive to your collection.

There is some sort of group or organization for almost anything that people collect. In some cases, the counselor may challenge Scouts that claim there are no resources for their collection, so it is advised that Scouts search the internet for resources to help complete this requirement. Some counselors may not sign off on this requirement if they are easily able to find resources where Scouts claim there are none. Dig deep, there's somewhere or someone that knows something about your collection.


f. Show the location of and explain to your counselor the identification number (if applicable), series, brand name (if any), and any other special identification marks.

Most things collected will have some sort of identification marks that make it unique or identifiable, Scouts should come prepared ready to share this information with the class.


6. Discuss with your counselor the plans you have to continue with the collection in the future.

One of the easiest requirements of any merit badge. Scouts will simply need to share their thoughts and vision for their collections continuation.


7. Discuss with your counselor why and how collecting has changed and how this applies to your collection.

The counselor will help facilitate this discussion however Scouts will need to come prepared having put some thought into this requirement as it pertains to their own collection to be shared in the group class discussion.


8. Find out about career opportunities in collecting. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor and explain why this profession might interest you.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019