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Collections Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2021 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Type your work on this page or download the Collections Workbook PDF.

Consider also using the Collections merit badge class preparation page for clarification and expections when participating in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge opportunity (online or in-person).

Scout's Name:
Requirement 1: Prepare a short written report or outline for your counselor, giving a detailed description of your collection, including a short history, why you enjoy your collection, and what you have learned from collecting. Be sure to include why you chose that particular type of collection/collecting method.

Stamp and coin collecting are excluded from eligibility for ths merit badge.

Requirement 2: Explain the growth and development of your collection.
Requirement 3: Demonstrate your knowledge of preserving and displaying your collection.
Requirement 3a: Explain the precautions you need to take to preserve your collection, including
Requirement 3a1: Handling
Requirement 3a2: Cleaning
Requirement 3a3: Storage
Requirement 3b: Explain how best to display your collection, keeping in mind preserving as discussed above.
Requirement 3c: Explain to your counselor the events available for a hobbyist of this collection, including shows, seminars, conventions, contests, and museum programs or exhibits.
Requirement 3d: Explain to your counselor how you keep track of your collection. Describe your cataloging method.
Requirement 4: Demonstrate your knowledge of collecting and investing. Discuss with your counselor:
Requirement 4a: How investing and speculation would apply to your collection
Requirement 4b: What you would look for in purchasing other collections similar to yours
Requirement 4c: What you would expect in return value if you decided to sell all or part of the collection
Requirement 5: Do the following:
Requirement 5a: Discuss with your counselor at least 10 terms commonly used to describe your collection and be prepared to discuss the definition of each.
Requirement 5b: 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.)
Requirement 5c: Explain the monetary value of your collection and where you learned about those values.
Requirement 5d: Explain how your collection is graded for value, physical defects, size, and age. Show the various classifications or ratings used in your collection.
Requirement 5e: List the national, state, or local association(s) related to or associated with your collection.
Requirement 5f: Explain to your counselor the purpose of and reason for the identification number (if applicable), series, brand name (if any), and any other special identification marks.
Requirement 6: Discuss with your counselor the plans you have to continue with the collection in the future.
Requirement 7: 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.