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
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.