What were the hottest merit badges last year?
I’ve got the answer. Maybe.
So first, a caveat: The friendly folks at the Supply Division tell me there’s no way to determine exact numbers of merit badges earned. That info is tracked by troops — not the National Council.
That said, by examining sales figures, we can get some idea which badges sold more than others in 2011. I’m thinking that if a Scouter buys a merit badge emblem in a Scout Shop or at ScoutStuff.org, chances are good that a Scout recently earned the badge.
After examining the 2011 sales list, here’s what I’ve come up with for the 20 top-selling merit badges of 2011: