Boy Scout Badges

Boy scout badges what you need? Are you a member of the Boy Scouts or do you have a son who has just earned a merit badge?

We are here to create top notch design of a badge of your choice. There are over 135 merit badges to be earned by any member of the Boy Scouts of America. Each merit badge is determined by completion of list of periodically updated requirements from the activities within the area of study.

Houston Embroidery Service is your one-stop service provider of Boy Scout badges as well as other types of patches. We design and create all 135 merit badges awarded to the Boy Scout members. With our patches, we also offer you the opportunity to customize exactly what you want irrespective of the quantity needed. We are a leading custom made patches manufacturer and supplier in Texas. We offer different patch types at great and affordable prices with numerous backing options. Below are our services at a glance;

  • Low Prices with Quick Turnaround time.
  • Special Discount to SAGE, ASI and PPAI members
  • 3-day Super RUSH Turnaround
  • Free Shipping Worldwide on all orders
  • 5-day RUSH Turnaround
  • Embroidered Boy Scout Badges
  • Custom Made Patches

Before you place your patch request with us via this link, find below an outline of some questions you might want to ask about our Boy Scout Badges and their answers to help you get more insight before placing your request.

What’s so interesting about your Boy Scout Badges?

Our Boy Scout badges are carefully designed and embroidered. Made with the best embroidery threads, it provides you with astonishing beautiful and detailed designs yet conforming to the artwork for each merit badge. Despite availability of cheaper brands of embroidery machines, we use the best to make sure you’re fully satisfied. We use the Barudan Machine which is known and respected throughout the industry for quick work, ability to handle high volumes, and remarkable detail with consistency. After you’ve requested for the specific badge needed, we design and upload it to this machine which puts out the design on a piece of cloth. Visit this page to find out more about the Barudan Machines.

Each of the badges is created with the highest standards, matching the colors, designs, dimensions and appearance of its official counterpart. You won’t be able to find any other Embroidered Boy Scout Badges with so many details as this. To learn more about our embroidered patches.

How can I attach/apply the Boy Scout badges when I buy them from you?

Our Boy Scout badges are designed to use any type of backing method. However Scouts are students and most times; do not have money to pay for sewing service to sew their patches on their uniforms/bags. More so, since they keep changing their badges/patches frequently, in a month, two, or three, the best backing option for them is iron on backing. Iron on patches can be attached or removed using a home iron or a heat press machine.

To attach Boy Scout badges on scout uniforms, you will need a heat seal machine (dry iron) and a flat clean and dry surface. The iron on backing involves a thin layer of special glue that fastens on the fabric when heated using dry iron and hardens when it cools off. (Please visit this page to read more on Iron on Backing) To get your Embroidered Boy Scout Merit Badges applied;

  • Set your heat seal machine between 175 C to 185 C depending on the strength of fabric
  • Place the patch on the desired position
  • Place a thick 100% Cotton twill over the fabric
  • Press on the iron for 20 – 25 seconds
  • Press the inside-out turned part of the garment for another 15 seconds and allow the fabric to cool off.

Note: Iron on patches do not stick on 100% nylon, satin, and other similar fabrics. Please do some testing before placing an order.

How do you make your Boy Scout badges?

Our Boy Scout Badges is made using computerized embroidery machines. A logo or text can be embroidered with embroidery thread on any piece of cloth by an embroidery machine. In this procedure, the badge is first designed on a computer program called Wilcom Embroidery Digitizing Software which creates a digital embroidery file. The file is sent to the embroidery machine using a USB or data cable; then the machine reads the file and makes the badge on the fabric. Click here to find out more about the Wilcom Embroidery Digitizing Software.

How much does it cost buy a merit badge from your collection of Boy Scout badges?

Our prices are calculated based on the number of stitches made thereby making it affordable for you. We do not have minimum to orders thereby giving you the flexibility to order any number affordable for you. So I can assure you it won’t cost you much to have us create Boy Scout Badges for you.

How quickly can I get the custom Embroidered Boy Scout Badges once I place an order?

We strive to offer our customers a fast paced service, so your order shouldn’t take long to get to you. Once we are able to go through the process of having you confirm the design as well as the first patch draft, we will commence production immediately and dispatch the order. We use DHL for our deliveries meaning you should have the Embroidered Boy Scout Badges delivered within 3 – 4 days from the time of dispatch if you are in the US. There are also options for 3-days or 5-days RUSH service.

The Boys Scout Uniform

The Boys scout program in American has an approved uniform for its members and volunteers as a means of identification. Scout members are expected to wear their uniform to all scout outings, patrol meetings, and troop meetings. The Boys Scout Badges are designed to be applied only on the tan and green Scouts BSA uniform well known as the symbol of American scouting. All members of the Boys Scout have the same uniform, however what differentiates each member from the other is the badges they have earned as well as the specific troop neckerchief. Some of the scouts also have an activity uniform customized for the troop. This is mostly designed from t-shirts and is worn for work projects, sporting activities and other events that are tedious or not too official. Although these are correct Boys Scout America terms, the official uniform of the Boys Scout which has the boys scout badges is often referred to as ‘Class A’ uniform while the activity uniform is referred to as class ‘B’.

Positioning or placement of the boys scouts badges or merit badges on the sash are entirely up to the scout. The badges can be displayed in two or three rows positioned 3 inches down from the top of the sash. Also, the merit badges are not to follow any position or order. The scout can put anyone first before the other; anyone can come first, whether Eagle-required badges, green ordered elective badges, etc.

The sash for Boys Scout badges is worn draped over the right shoulder and left hip. Only one sash is allowed at a time. No scout member is allowed to wear more than one sash at a time; the same applies for the Arrow sashes.

Who are your major buyers?

Our buyers are individuals who are youth members of the Boy Scout and have earned one or more different merit awards. We create the same boy scout badge for the merit award they need using the same motif design but with op notch quality hence it comes out finely cut and superior to the regular ones out there. Our buyers also include different troops from Boys Scout Associations or their representatives who need merit badges made from the highest quality for special award to their members. To help our customers get the exact thread or fabric colors they need for their project, we match the colors ourselves at no extra cost.

History of Boys Scout Badges

Boy Scout badges which are mainly merit badges are categorized into many types and so is their history.  Many other Scouting organizations around the world such as Baden-Powell Scouts, Pathfinders, and Royal rangers have their different names for merit the badges they issue or their equivalent. They are sometimes called honors of proficiency badges. Boy Scout Badges was integrated into the Scouting program as early as the start of the movement in United Kingdom on August 1, 1907 and has always been an important part of the uniform and insignia of the Boy Scouts. Scouting was introduced into the United States 3 years after and the Boy Scouts of America quickly issued an initial list of about 14 Boy Scout Badges known as merit badges. However, there was no award for them at the time. In 1911, about 57 Boys Scout Badges were manufactured and made official. The number climbed to 127 from 1975 to 1987. By March 2014, there were up to 134 Boy Scout Badges for different merit awards. 380 Boy Scout confirmed members have earned all the merit badges. The first Boy Scout to do so is Allen Acomb in 1928 while the first Boy Scout to earn all the Boy Scout Badges before earning his Eagle was David R. Schulze in 2004.

Today, the Boy Scout America changes the design names for each of these merit Badges and their availability with various factors such as popularity, societal changes and focus changes in the Scouting program put into consideration. Out of the 57 Badges that were originally created, only 11 are still available with the same basic design motif. Out of those 11, only five of them were made available in each generation of the 10 merit badge types. 21 of the initial merit badges are still available but in different designs.

Boy Scout Badges: the Least earned Merit Badge

Each of the merit boy scout badges have several requirements a scout must complete before earning them. The Invention Merit Boy Scout Badge was not different and it was due to its stringent requirements that made it the least earned merit badge in the history of Boy scouts of America.

To earn an Invention Merit Boy Scout Badge, Scouts are required to invent something, patent it, write a useful article and show a working model or drawing of the invention. We all know that obtaining a patent is a time-consuming and costly endeavor. This is why unlike other merit badges; only 10 Scouts were able to earn this merit in its three years of its existence. The Invention merit Boy Scout Badge was launched in 1911 and was discontinued on October 1, 1914. However, a new version of the badge was created in 2010 with a slightly different name and the patency requirement removed.

The invention Merit Badge was one of the 57 merit Boy Scout Badges originally introduced in 1911. However, the Invention merit badge was never popular as no Scout was able to earn it in 1911 and 1912 until one Scout earned it 1913. Eight more Scout members earned the badge in 1914 and one more Scout member in 1915 making it a total of 10 Scouts ever.

Reasons for discontinuing the Invention Merit Boy Scout Badge

Although 1915 seems to be popular among many sites as the year the Invention merit badge was stopped, however, there are indications that it was stopped a year earlier. According to issue of scouting magazine in May 1, 1914, leaders of BSA were told that the badge would be discontinued on October 1, 1914. This decision they said was made by the volunteers on the committee on Badges, awards and Scout Requirements, sighting reasons of making a way to a new merit badge since they didn’t want to change the total number of the Boy Scout Badges. The Eagle-required Physical Development merit badge was born then (1914) which is still offered today with physical development as part of the requirements. Since some scouts had already begun work on the discontinued merit badge before it was abolished, they were still awarded the merit in 1915 after they completed the requirements as it was the rule.

The second reason why the invention was abolished according to issue of Boys’ Life magazine in October 1916 was due to its cost as Scout members invest more than they could afford in making and patenting inventions that might not be of much value to them.