Hey, Cub Scouts, did you know you can earn an achievement award with your baseball cards collection? Boy Scouts, you can earn a merit badge with your special collection of cards. Read below for some tips and then get in touch with your local den leader or merit badge counselor. Have fun!
1) Wolf Achievement 6: Start a Collection
a. Make a collection of baseball cards. Start with a few packs. Put the cards together in a neat way.
b. Show and explain your collection to another person.
2) Bear Elective 22 - Collecting Things
a. Start a baseball card collection. You can get information about baseball card collecting from your local hobby shop.
b. Display a collection of cards to show at a pack meeting. This can be any kind of collection. Every time you show a different kind of collection, it counts as one requirement.
c. Start your own collection. Keep your own cards in order by your favorite team, your favorite player, or complete a set.
Collecting Merit Badge Requirements
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.
Demonstrate your knowledge of preserving and displaying your collection.
1. Explain the precautions that you need to take to preserve your collection, including Handling, Cleaning and Storage
2. Explain how best to display your collection, keeping in mind preserving as discussed above.
3. Explain to your counselor the events available for a hobbyist of this collection, including shows, seminars, conventions, contests, and museum programs or exhibits.
Demonstrate your knowledge of collecting and investing. Discuss with your counselor:
1. How investing and speculation would apply to your collection
2. What you would look for in purchasing other collections similar to yours
3. What you would expect in return value in the event you decided to sell all or part of the collection
Do the following:
1. Discuss with your counselor at least 10 terms commonly used in your collection and be prepared to discuss the definition of each.
2. 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.)
3. Explain how your collection is valued by other collectors and display to your counselor any price guides that may be available.
4. Explain how your collection is graded for value, physical defects, size and age. Show the various grading classifications or ratings used in your collection.
5. List the national, state, or local association for collectors in your field of interest
Show the location of and explain to your counselor the following:
1. Identification number (if applicable)
3. Brand name (if any)
4. Any other special identification marks
Discuss with your counselor the plans you have to continue with the collection in the future.
Discuss with your counselor the career opportunities that may be available involving your collection.
Discuss with your counselor why and how collecting has changed and how this applies to your collection.