The Collections Merit Badge is one of the most enjoyable merit badges most Scouts do.  Everyone collects something and here's your chance to enjoy your collection and earn a merit badge at the same time.

If you like the Collections Merit Badge, consider also doing Coin Collecting and Stamp Collecting.


Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Thursday September 24, 2015



1 Scout

Saturday March 7, 2015

Maple Plain, MN


8 Scouts

Thursday January 8, 2015



6 Scouts

Saturday March 15, 2014

Maple Plain, MN


3 Scouts

Saturday November 14, 2013



4 Scouts

Thursday August 8, 2013



6 Scouts

Saturday March 16, 2013

Maple Plain, MN


4 Scouts

Saturday March 10, 2012

Maple Plain, MN


4 Scouts

Saturday November 6, 2010

Richfield, MN


7 Scouts

Saturday March 6, 2010

Richfield, MN


11 Scouts

Saturday March 14, 2009

Richfield, MN


8 Scouts








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source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition


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.


2. Explain the growth and development of your collection.


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.


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.


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.

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).

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.

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


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


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


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.


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015