Taughannock District
Baden-Powell Council, BSA
Virtual Patch Collection - Boy Scout Patches
















Rank Patches

Scout


The original Scout Badge was just a joining badge. It did not become a rank until 2017.

Special Scout badge for 2010 100th Anniversary Year

Tenderfoot


When rank patches were introduced in the 1930's, they were embroidered on a cloth background with no edging. This form was used into the 1950's

Later, rank patches were on twill with a rolled edging. This form of badge was used from the 1950's until 1972

The "Improved Scouting Program" of 1972 introduced rank patches with colorful backgrounds.

By 1989, the colored backgrounds on all of the rank and position patches were thought to be too garish, so they were replaced by a tan background to match the uniform shirt. This is the special Tenderfoot patch used in 2010.

Second Class


Rolled-edge Second Class badge, used from mid-50's to 1972

1972 version, used through 1989

Tan-background version used after 1989

Special 2010 badge

First Class


When Scouting first started, ranks were indicated by metal pins rather than patches. They were worn on the left sleeve. This pin dates to around 1915 - it belonged to Ed Little, who owned the Basket Shop in Dryden. He gave it to me in the late 1970's. 

Cut-edge patch, used from 1930's to 1950's

Rolled edge First Class badge - 1950's to 1972

Red background - 1972 to 1989

Tan background - 1989 to present

Special 2010 patch

Star


Rolled edge Star badge - 1950's to 1972

Blue backgound Star badge - 1972-1989

Special 2010 patch
 

Life


Special 2010 Life Badge
 

Eagle


Eagle badge - 1972 to present

Special 2010 Eagle patch

Merit Badges


Agribusiness 
(1987-1995)

Archery

Astronomy

Athletics
This form of badge - twill with a border around the ring - 
was used 1947-1960

Automobiling
(1911-1963)
This form of square badge was used from 1911-1933

Aviation
(old design)

Basketry
(old design)

Basketry
Fully embroidered merit badges were introduced in 1961

Beekeeping
(1915-1995)

Botany
(1921-1995)

Bird Study
(1911-1933 format)

Bird Study
(1947-1960 format)

Business
(1911-1966)

Carpentry
(1911-1952)

Camping
(1947-1960 format)

Camping

Canoeing
(1947-1960 format)

Canoeing

Citizenship in the Community

Citizenship in the Nation

Civics
(1911-1946)

Conservation
(1911-1952)

Cooking
(1911-1933 format)

Cooking
(1947-1960 format)

Cooking
(1961-1968 version)

Cooking
(present design)

Cycling
(1911-1933 format)

Consumer Buying
(1975-1995)

Electricity
(1936-1942 format)

Emergency Preparedness

Environmental Science

Fishing

Firemanship
(1911-1995)
(1911-1933 format)

Firemanship
(1911-1995)
(1936-1942 format)

First Aid
(1936-1942 format)

First Aid
(1947-1960 format)

First Aid
(post 1971 format)

General Science
(1972-1995)

Forestry
(1961-1971 format)

Forestry
(post-1972 format)

Geology

Indian Lore
(1947-1960 format)

Handicrafts
(1911-1942)
(1936-1942 format)

Home Repairs

Interpreting
(1911-1952)
(1936-1942 format)

Leatherwork
(1947-1960 format)

Lifesaving
(1911-1932 format)

Lifesaving
(1947-1960 format)

Machinery
(1911-1995)

Masonry
(1911-1995)

Mechanical Drawing
(1933-1964)
(1947-1960 format)

Metals Engineering
(1972-1995)

Metalwork

Motorboating

Nature

Oceanography

Painting
(1947-1960 format)

Personal Management

Personal Health
(1911-1952)
(1911-1933 format)

Personal Health
(1911-1952)
(1947-1960 format)

Personal Fitness
(1961-1971 format)

Personal Fitness
(Current design)

Pioneering
(1947-1960 format)

Public Speaking
(1936-1942 format)

Public Health
(1911-1933 format)

Public Health
(1947-1960 format)

Rabbit Raising
(1943-1993)

Small Boat Sailing

Reading 
(1911-1933 format)

Reading
(1947-1960 format)

Reptile Study
(1927-1993)

Reptile and Amphibian Study
(1993-present)

Rowing
(1947-1960 format)

Rowing
(post-1972 format)

Safety
(1936-1942 format)

Safety
(1947-1960 format)

Scholarship
(1947-1960 format)

Scholarship
(post-1972 format)

Signaling
(1911-1992 and 2010)
(1911-1933 format)

Signaling
(1911-1992 and 2010)
(post-1972 format)

Woodcarving
(1947-1960 format)

Woodcarving
(post-1972 format)

Skill Awards

The 1972 "Improved Scouting Program" introduced "Skill Awards", which were earned for advancement from Tenderfoot through First Class. They were supposed to provide "instant recognition" for the Scout, in between the major milestones of ranks. There were twelve skill awards, of which I have eleven in my collection - I'm missing "Sports". 


Position Patches


Assistant Patrol Leader - 1930's-1950's

Assistant Patrol Leader - 1950's-1971

Assistant Patrol Leader - 1972-1989
After 1989, patch has tan background


Patrol Leader - 1930's-1950's

Patrol Leader - 1950's-1971

Patrol Leader - 1972-1989
After 1989, patch has tan background

Quartermaster - 1950's-1971

Junior Assistant Scoutmaster - 1972-1989

Leadership Corps - 1972-1982

Leadership Corps - 1982-?

Senior Patrol Leader - 1972-1989

Back to the Virtual Patch Collection main page

Lots of Scouts and Scouters collect patches - your Webmaster is no exception. So, I've put up a Virtual Patch Collection for the district. It's by no means exhaustive, but it's what I've got. If you felt like contributing pictures of some patches we don't yet have in the collection, please e-mail them to Mike Brown at wb2jwd@gmail.com - the scans should be between 450-600 pixels in width and height (no multi-megabyte scans, please, they crash my e-mail program) and in JPG or PNG format if possible. Of course, if you wanted to give me the actual patches, I won't insult you by refusing...

-Mike Brown

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