Dear Awesome, Alfalfa-Munching Mailburro, What are the newest and the oldest merit badges?
—Evan R., Roseville, Mich.
The first Handbook for Boys listed requirements for more than 50 merit badges, Evan. Most of them are still around — such as Camping, First Aid and Swimming — but with updated requirements. A few have changed names — Angling (Fishing) and Ornithology (Bird Study). Others have disappeared over time — such as Blacksmithing, Dairying, Poultry Farming, Taxidermy. The newest merit badge is Search and Rescue.