Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Collections Merit Badge






  1. Prepare a short written report or outline for your counselor, giving a detailed description of your collection,* including a short history. Be sure to include why you chose that particular type of collecting and what you enjoy and have learned from your collection. *Stamp and coin collecting are excluded from eligibility for this merit badge.
  2. Explain the growth and development of your collection.
  3. Demonstrate your knowledge of preserving and displaying your collection.
        A. Explain the precautions that you need to take to preserve your collection, including
            I. Handling
            II. Cleaning
            III. Storage
        B. Explain how best to display your collection, keeping in mind preserving as discussed above.
        C. Explain to your counselor the events available for a hobbyist of this collection, including shows,
              seminars, conventions, contests, and museum programs or exhibits.
  4. Demonstrate your knowledge of collecting and investing. Discuss with your counselor:
        A. How investing and speculation would apply to your collection
        B. What you would look for in purchasing other collections similar to yours
        C. What you would expect in return value in the event you decided to sell all or part of the collection
  5. Do the following:
        A. Discuss with your counselor at least 10 terms commonly used in your collection and be prepared to
              discuss the definition of each.
        B. 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.)
        C. Explain how your collection is valued by other collectors and display to your counselor any price
              guides that may be available.
        D. Explain how your collection is graded for value, physical defects, size and age. Show the various
              classifications or ratings used in your collection.
        E. List the national, state, or local association responsive to your collection.
        F. Show the location of and explain to your counselor the identification number (if applicable), series,
              brand name (if any),and any special identification marks.
  6. Discuss with your counselor the plans you have to continue with the collection in the future.
  7. Discuss with your counselor why and how collecting has changed and how this applies to your collection.
  8. 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.

Collections Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.