Merit Badge History - Type A Merit Badges
 
Type A Merit Badge BackType A Merit Badges are the first officially produced merit badge for the Boy Scouts of America starting in 1911. Prior to 1911 it is believed that issued merit badges came from England where the merit badges for those available prior to 1911 had already been produced.

To list all Type A merit badges would be a lifetime work and is not the intent of this page. Variations are plentiful with minor design changes, stitiching variances, etc and new versions are still being found and verified to this very day.

In general, Type A merit badges did not start to standardize until around 1920 when the uniquely identifiable square merit badge was found to be about 2 inches by 2 inches in size.  Prior to that is where so many vairations exist and by collectors are classified as Type A Teen merit badges; referring to the era of 1911-1919.  Again, these variations are not intended to be detailed here, however where a significant design change, stitching design, etc is clearly seen, it will be attempted to include in here for interest purposes.

Type A Merit Badges, like Type B and Type C, material contains a watermark with the BSA logo imprinted on the reverse.
 
Type A Merit Badges
 
Agriculture Merit Badge - Type A Angling Merit Badge - Type A Animal Industry Merit Badge - Type A Archery Merit Badge - Type A Architecture Merit Badge - Type A
Agriculture Angling Animal Industry Archery Architecture
Art Merit Badge - Type A Art Merit Badge - Type A Astronomy Merit Badge - Type A Athletics Merit Badge - Type A Automobiling Merit Badge - Type A
Art Art Astronomy Athletics Automobiling
Automobiling Merit Badge - Type A Automobiling Merit Badge - Type A Aviation Merit Badge - Type A Aviation Merit Badge - Type A Basketry Merit Badge - Type A
Automobiling Automobiling Aviation Aviation Basketry
 
Bee Farming Merit Badge - Type A Bee Keeping Merit Badge - Type A Beef Production Merit Badge - Type A Beef Production Merit Badge - Type A Bird Study Merit Badge - Type A
Bee Farming Bee Keeping Beef Production Beef Production Bird Study
Blacksmithing Merit Badge - Type A Bookbinding Merit Badge - Type A Botany Merit Badge - Type A Botany Merit Badge - Type A Botany Merit Badge - Type A
Blacksmithing Bookbinding Botany Botany Botany
Bugling Merit Badge - Type A Business Merit Badge - Type A Camping Merit Badge - Type A Canoeing Merit Badge - Type A Carpentry Merit Badge - Type A
Bugling Business Camping Canoeing Carpentry
Carpentry Merit Badge - Type A Cement Work Merit Badge - Type A CHemistry Merit Badge - Type A CHemistry Merit Badge - Type A Citrus Fruit Culture Merit Badge - Type A
Carpentry Cement Work Chemistry Chemistry Citrus Fruit Culture
Civics Merit Badge - Type A Civics Merit Badge - Type A Civics Merit Badge - Type A Civics Merit Badge - Type A Conservation Merit Badge - Type A
Civics Civics Civics Civics Conservation
Conservation Merit Badge - Type A Conservation Merit Badge - Type A Conservation Merit Badge - Type A Cooking Merit Badge - Type A Cooking Merit Badge - Type A
Conservation Conservation Conservation Cooking Cooking
Cooking Merit Badge - Type A Corn Farming Merit Badge - Type A Cotton Farming Merit Badge - Type A Craftsmanship Merit Badge - Type A Cycling Merit Badge - Type A
Cooking Corn Farming Cotton Farming Craftsmanship Cycling
Dairying Merit Badge - Type A Dairying Merit Badge - Type A Dairying Merit Badge - Type A Dramatics Merit Badge - Type A Electricity Merit Badge - Type A
Dairying Dairying Dairying Dramatics Electricity
Electricity Merit Badge - Type A Electricity Merit Badge - Type A Farm Home and its Planning Merit Badge - Type A Farm Home and its Planning Merit Badge - Type A NO PICTURE AVAILABLE
Electricity Electricity Farm Home and its Planning Farm Home and its Planning Farm Layout and Building Arrangement
Farm Layout and Building Arrangement Merit Badge - Type A Farm Mechanics Merit Badge - Type A Farm Records and Bookkeeping Merit Badge - Type A Firemanship Merit Badge - Type A Firemanship Merit Badge - Type A
Farm Layout and Building Arrangement Farm Mechanics Farm Records and Bookkeeping Firemanship Firemanship
Firemanship Merit Badge - Type A Firemanship Merit Badge - Type A Firemanship Merit Badge - Type A First Aid Merit Badge - Type A First Aid Merit Badge - Type A
Firemanship Firemanship Firemanship First Aid First Aid
First Aid Merit Badge - Type A First Aid to Animals Merit Badge - Type A First Aid to Animals Merit Badge - Type A First Aid to Animals Merit Badge - Type A Forestry Merit Badge - Type A
First Aid First Aid to Animals First Aid to Animals First Aid to Animals Forestry
Forestry Merit Badge - Type A Forestry Merit Badge - Type A Forestry Merit Badge - Type A Forestry Merit Badge - Type A Foundry Practice Merit Badge - Type A
Forestry Forestry Forestry Forestry Foundry Practice
Foundry Practice Merit Badge - Type A Fruit Culture Merit Badge - Type A Gardening Merit Badge - Type A Gardening Merit Badge - Type A Gardening Merit Badge - Type A
Foundry Practice Fruit Culture Gardening Gardening Gardening
Gardening Merit Badge - Type A Gardening Merit Badge - Type A Gardening Merit Badge - Type A Gardening Merit Badge - Type A Gardening Merit Badge - Type A
Gardening Gardening Gardening Gardening Gardening
Handicraft Merit Badge - Type A Handicraft Merit Badge - Type A Handicraft Merit Badge - Type A Hiking Merit Badge - Type A Hog and Pork Production Merit Badge - Type A
Handicraft Handicraft Handicraft Hiking Hog and Pork Production
Horsemanship Merit Badge - Type A Indian Lore Merit Badge - Type A Insect Life Merit Badge - Type A Insect Life Merit Badge - Type A Interpreting Merit Badge - Type A
Horsemanship Indian Lore Insect Life Insect Life Interpreting
Invention Merit Badge - Type A Journalism Merit Badge - Type A Landscape Gardening Life Merit Badge - Type A Landscape Gardening Life Merit Badge - Type A Leathercraft Merit Badge - Type A
Invention Journalism Landscape Gardening Landscape Gardening Leathercraft
Leather Work Merit Badge - Type A Leatherworking Merit Badge - Type A Life Saving Merit Badge - Type A Life Saving Merit Badge - Type A Machinery Merit Badge - Type A
Leather Work Leatherworking Life Saving Life Saving Machinery
Machinery Merit Badge - Type A Marksmanship Merit Badge - Type A Masonry Merit Badge - Type A Mechanical Drawing Merit Badge - Type A Metalwork Merit Badge - Type A
Machinery Marksmanship Masonry Mechanical Drawing Metalwork
Mining Merit Badge - Type A Mining Merit Badge - Type A Mining Merit Badge - Type A Music Merit Badge - Type A Music Merit Badge - Type A
Mining Mining Mining Music Music
Nut Culture Merit Badge - Type A Ornithology Merit Badge - Type A Painting Merit Badge - Type A Painting Merit Badge - Type A Painting Merit Badge - Type A
Nut Culture Ornithology Painting Painting Painting
Pathfinding Merit Badge - Type A Pathfinding Merit Badge - Type A Pathfinding Merit Badge - Type A Pathfinding Merit Badge - Type A Pathfinding Merit Badge - Type A
Pathfinding Pathfinding Pathfinding Pathfinding Pathfinding
Pathfinding Merit Badge - Type A Personal Health Merit Badge - Type A Personal Health Merit Badge - Type A Personal Health Merit Badge - Type A Photography Merit Badge - Type A
Pathfinding Personal Health Personal Health Personal Health Photography
Physical Development Merit Badge - Type A Physical Development Merit Badge - Type A Pigeon Raising Merit Badge - Type A Pioneering Merit Badge - Type A Plumbing Merit Badge - Type A
Physical Development Physical Development Pigeon Raising Pioneering Plumbing
Plumbing Merit Badge - Type A Pottery Merit Badge - Type A Pottery Merit Badge - Type A Poultry Keeping Merit Badge - Type A Poultry Keeping Merit Badge - Type A
Plumbing Pottery Pottery Poultry Farming / Keeping Poultry Keeping
Printing Merit Badge - Type A Public Health Merit Badge - Type A Public Health Merit Badge - Type A Public Health Merit Badge - Type A Public Speaking Merit Badge - Type A
Printing Public Health Public Health Public Health Public Speaking
Radio Merit Badge - Type A Reading Merit Badge - Type A Reptile Study Merit Badge - Type A Rowing Merit Badge - Type A Safety First Merit Badge - Type A
Radio Reading Reptile Study Rowing Safety First
Safety First Merit Badge - Type A Safety Merit Badge - Type A Safety Merit Badge - Type A Salesmanship Merit Badge - Type A Scholarship Merit Badge - Type A
Safety First Safety First Safety Salesmanship Scholarship
Scholarship Merit Badge - Type A Scholarship Merit Badge - Type A Sculpture Merit Badge - Type A Sculpture Merit Badge - Type A Seamanship Merit Badge - Type A
Scholarship Scholarship Sculpture Sculpture Seamanship
Sheep Farming Merit Badge - Type A Sheep Farming Merit Badge - Type A Signaling Merit Badge - Type A Signaling Merit Badge - Type A Soil Management Merit Badge - Type A
Sheep Farming Sheep Farming Signaling Signaling Soil Management
Stalking Merit Badge - Type A Stalking Merit Badge - Type A Stamp Collecting Merit Badge - Type A Surveying Merit Badge - Type A Surveying Merit Badge - Type A
Stalking Stalking Stamp Collecting Surveying Surveying
Surveying Merit Badge - Type A Swimming Merit Badge - Type A Swimming Merit Badge - Type A Swimming Merit Badge - Type A Taxidermy Merit Badge - Type A
Surveying Swimming Swimming Swimming Taxidermy
Textiles Merit Badge - Type A Weather Merit Badge - Type A Weather Merit Badge - Type A Wireless Merit Badge - Type A Wood Carving Merit Badge - Type A
Textiles Weather Weather Wireless Wood Carving
Wood Turning Merit Badge - Type A Woodwork Merit Badge - Type A Zoology Merit Badge - Type A    
Wood Turning Woodwork Zoology    
this page last reviewed / updated: November 2018
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