J Merit Badges were produced between 2002 and 2009 and are
distinguished with a "SCOUT STUFF" marking in the plastic on the
back. (shown to the right).
Type J Merit Badges were introduced in 2002 and sre nearly
identical on the front to the Type H merit badges. The
only real visual difference is the "SCOUT STUFF" backing. While
there may be slight color variances from production run to
production run, for the most part Type J merit badges are
relatively consistent in design and manufacturing over the
course of its lifetime.