Here’s how to earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch on Aug. 21

Updated Aug. 29 | You can buy the patch — online only — until Monday, Sept. 4.

A total solar eclipse is a rare event. A total solar eclipse whose path crosses right over the heart of the United States? Even rarer.

On Aug. 21, 2017, the solar system serves up a special treat. Aug. 21 is a Monday, but those Scouts and Venturers who are still on summer break should plan a big celebration. Like all the best celebrations, this one comes with its own patch.

There won’t be another total solar eclipse over the United States until 2024. After that, you must wait until 2045. In other words, when Aug. 21 arrives, make sure you’re ready.

How to earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch

  1. Locate a site suitable for viewing the eclipse. Search Google for “eclipse viewing” and the name of your city or town to find events near you.
  2. Describe how to safely view the eclipse.
    • Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look directly at these tips from NASA on how to view the eclipse safely.
  3. Discuss with your group what you saw and felt during the eclipse.
    • Post your comments and eclipse photos on social media using the hashtag #BSAEclipse2017.
  4. Do the following:
    • Cub Scouts: Discuss what a solar eclipse is with your leaders.
    • Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts: Draw a diagram of the positions of the moon, earth, and sun to show how the solar eclipse occurs.
    • Venturers: Research Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington’s 1919 experiment and discuss how it confirmed Einstein’s theory of general relativity.
  5. Ask your unit leader to buy the 2017 Solar Eclipse patch.

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  1. This is great! Longs Peak Council is having a weekend event at Camp Laramie Peak and this will be a great addition to that program!

      • Hmmmm….. I did not realize celestial events could be scheduled, or I would have ordered one for educational purposes long ago. I apologize for the smart-alec response, but I have dealt with many young and old silly questions (no such thing as a stupid question) for far too long. I know you meant to say calculated. May all of your Scouts safely enjoy the view!

        • I think their point is that it will be hard to add to a weekend program when it is not “calculated” to occur on a weekend.

        • The campout goes through the eclipse on Monday. This is the first week of school for our kids (my son goes back on Wed so he won’t miss any school) and the Troops are leaving it up to the parents if they choose to allow high schoolers to miss a day for this event.

    • This is going to be a problem where I live. The kids are back in school and have about 2 hours from beginning to end of an eclipse that starts while in school and the maximum viewing is on their way home. How are parents, teachers, bus drivers, etc., going to keep curious kids from looking at the darkening sun. I was lucky and saw the one in 1988. It was completely during the school day and the teachers covered all the windows, except for a pinhole viewer that showed the whole thing on an overhead projector screen and another window that we took turns wearing eye protection to get a up close view…i was lucky to be in the 90-95% totality that year. Now I get to see what 85% looks like. But how are parents going to control their 6yo walking or riding home from school? My opinion…lengthen the school day and have teachers SAFELY let the kids watch the eclipse and do homework (or this could be the basis of each subjects homework for 6/7 and up). Though it would be a problem for kids w/ after school job. Just glad it isn’t during rush hour for adults.

  2. Anyway you could add the National Supply item number so folks can order them? Looked it up on SCOUTSTUFF.ORG and it is not listed

      • As of August 12, patch is not on I called our Scout Shop and was told to order through National Supply. The page Bryan linked to,, “For the Eclipse patch – 641563, Scout Shops please contact supply as 1-800-323-0736.” 641563 returns no results.

        “Scouts can earn the patch whether they view the total or partial eclipse, rain or shine. Be prepared—rain and clouds happen!

        On the path of totality, it will be dark even on a rainy day. Scouts will be able to detect the change in darkness even on an overcast day, but in the areas away from totality it will not be as evident.

        We encourage Scouts and their units to live stream the NASA feed to see the eclipse, whether or not they are in the path of totality.

        Scouts can show that they participated in an event even if weather prevents them from directly viewing the eclipse. They could watch it on a live feed over the internet or post their GPS coordinates showing where they were. Use the hashtag #BSAEclipse2017 to show your participation in the event.”

      • LAST day to order this patch will be 8/25. After that there is no gaurentee the patch will be available. If you’d like the patch call you local National Scout Shop or National Supply.

    • I am not the Patch Police, but as in most Cub Scout things, I would say “do your best”. Not everyone will be able to (or want to ) travel to the path of totality. I’d say 85% is PDC. Make sure you do your viewing SAFELY. Even a partial eclipse is NOT safe to view directly without special lenses. Use projection. Go to an astronomy club event. Pin hole projection would be a great idea/project for Cubs and even older Scouts. Jaded teenager? Ha. Wished I’d been on granddad’s porch for “When Haley Came to Jackson in 1910”. (look up the song….)

      • Planning on having my WEBELOS make pin hole projectors and have a great location already set out. Plus I’ll be setting up my GoPro with a filter to catch it. I really appreciate the response. Checking with the local Planetarium if they have any coordinating events.

    • Possibly not the intent of the award, but if you read requirements carefully nowhere does it state that you must actually view the eclipse.

      Just identify a place to view it, and then describe what you saw during the time of the eclipse. So identifying the states or some particular city from which it is visible would satisfy first part. Doesn’t say you have to go to that place.

      If you’re outside the viewing area and saw nothing unusual, that’s admittedly nowhere near as exciting as seeing eclipse. but it’s still a worthwhile experience to discuss and compare with what others inside viewing area would see.

      Another ‘place’ to view eclipse could be in your own living room, via a live feed on internet of a place that is within it’s path.

      • Great point about the requirements, Doug! The NASA TV channel has already begun some great eclipse programming, and they will be having live coverage on Eclipse Day.

      • I’m afraid this what we are planning. The path of the ecipse will not be far from home but the traffic will be terrible and the accommodations are long gone.

        I think we will also read A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court. 🙂

      • One must observe the eclipse some way some how. What’s the point otherwise? It can be via direct observation partial or total, rain or shine or via a LIVE stream on the internet.

    • You can not safely observe the eclipse without solar filters, or eclipse glasses, unless you are in the path of totality. Even at 99% eclipsed the sun will damage your eyes without protection. You must be safe while observing the eclipse.

      • “unless you are in the path of totality”
        This is scary advice. Just being in the path of totality does not make you safe. Even if you are in the path of totality, you will experience a partial eclipse before and after totality. There is danger during these periods. It is safe only during totality. And you better time the event to make sure that you are averting your eyes before totality ends.

      • Even during a totality there is a minute ring around the eclipse where the corona of the sun makes a ring of light. Also, if you buy the “special glasses” that resemble the old 3D glasses test them first. Use an LED light and if NOTHING can be seen through the lenses they should be good. If you can see the barely there LED bulbs they ARE NOT SAFE. Also, look up the organization that oversees the real eye protection glasses. They have their name printed on the glasses along with a code.

        • I ordered viewing glasses from a reputable site, (one of those on the BSA list) and they have the ISO stamp on them, and I viewed the sun thru them on a morning when there was a few wispy clouds passing in front of the sun now and then. I also tested them with an LED flashlight that had four LED bulbs, and had to put the LEDs almost against the glasses lens and I could barely see a slight glow of the four lights. If that wasn’t safe where are you getting your warning from?

  3. How do you earn this if you dont live in the exact path of the eclipse? Is this patch only available to those states that can see it!!

  4. Looks like this is only for youth. What about those adults that aren’t associated with a unit?

    I intend to do this for the neighbors around me since I have binoculars and a tripod.

    • Makes sure you are SAFE viewing! Project, do not look DIRECTLY at the sun in partial….

      Many websites to advise how to avoid being PERMANENTLY blinded by doing the WRONG thing.

    • Paul, *please* check the safe viewing instructions shared above ( Looking at the partially eclipsed sun through binoculars, a camera or any magnifying device or even with your naked eye could be spectacularly dangerous … an ill-timed momentary peek at the tail end of the totality could cause permanent visual damage. You would best serve your neighbors by purchasing viewing glasses and/or plates (you can get them on Amazon … No. 14 welder’s glass is also safe. teaching kids how to make pinhole projectors, teaching them to observe what happens to the shadow of the sun as filtered through leaves during the partial phase, etc.

    • Do NOT look at the sun with binoculars unless they are fitted with proper solar-safe filters in front of the lenses. NEVER use eclipse glasses to look at the sun through any lensed device!

  5. Why are the requirements for this patch so anemic? This is nothing more than a participation trophy, and the Scout doesn’t even participate in the eclipse.

    If I were head of the Boy Scouts I would make a requirement for this Solar Eclipse patch:

    1) You had to travel to see the solar eclipse
    2) Make from scratch your own solar lens filter
    3) Take a photo of the eclipse with your phone and post to social media to prove you were there
    4) Draw a diagram showing what happens during a solar eclipse
    5) Explain what happens during the eclipse.

    • Friend Agnew: Yep. I missed the one up in Nova Scotia a while back. I look forward to our family camping trip to Tennessee. Made the reservations months ago.
      Patch? I would not say anemic. It is not a “rank” (anemic ranks? we can have that debate another time). It is, indeed, a “participation trophy”. Earn the Astronomy MB if you want academic rigor. Not everyone can or will be able to see the effects of such an event. We are blessed to live in a time when such things can be so accurately predicted.
      Travel? As much as possible. With all the folks traveling to be in the path , even of partiality, it will be a wonder the earth doesn’t wobble a bit from the shifting of mass 🙂
      Make a solar lens filter? There’s a project. 100% welders lens. Pinhole projection.
      Phone photo? I suspect even a phone camera will need a heavy filter or be burned out by folks trying to camera the sun. Not to mention their own eyeball.
      Diagram? see the original requirements above.
      Explain? Well, that is asked of the Scout in every level. Older Scouts explaining Eddington’s experiment is a good idea, yes?
      Don’t forget to bang on your pot to drive the dragon away !

      • I believe I saw a NASA post saying homemade pinhole devices do not offer enough protection. Please check their website before using homemade devices. I dont remeber what year it was nut I do remeber making a pin hole device in school and observing some kind of solar eclipse when I was young. Would have been in the 1970’s. If I still remeber it being on the north side of 45, Cubs might think it was a cool project to do, mayne just not use it.

        ALSO, I think I remeber that same post saying to be careful where you buy filters from. I think ot said there are only 3 or 4 companies that make filters that will actually protect your eyes!

        Karena Doto

    • I agree with you exexpt that a scout should have to post it on social media. I am under 13 so I can’t have a social media account.

    • Except that it isn’t because the point of it is for the scouts to learn something about eclipses, the problem with traveling to it is that most of the scouts will all be back in school that day. What if they are in school and the school is not providing them an opportunity to witness it? And your items #4 and #5 are already required. You are essentially preventing some from earning it through no fault of their own.

      • Our local schools are not planning at this point any official viewing opportunities to the students. I’ve already begun contacting principals to work out a viewing event for my scouts. They have a greed to allow our adult leadership to meet with the scouts on school grounds with parental permission. It’s worth checking in to. Travelling to the path of totality would be an entirely different challenge.

      • I would be gravely disappointed in a school that does not allow for the opportunity to use this experience to educate children. I cannot imagine that a school would not do so. I’d take my son out of school to view it ourselves if need be (but won’t need to – his school has been talking about it since before summer break).

    • It is a patch, not a badge mr. Agnew. I though patches were for doing/ learning/ experiencing something.

    • This patch is not a merit badge so the requirements should be easier. In my opinion this patch brings knowledge about the eclipse. Gives the scout (whatever rank) general information about solar eclipses. If a Boy Scout enjoys earning this patch, a scouter could recommend the astromony merit badge as a follow up to this event. Nothing more than some fun learning for everyone.

      • They can still get the patch in many cases – but it is optional. Not every scout will have the ability to get every patch or badge (such as the Snow Sports MB for those with either limited means or who live in warm climates). I can’t imagine scouts would view themselves as being “punished.”

        • The inability to get a patch or MB isn’t a punishment. Economics, climate, geography, physical and mental abilities, skills and interests place limitations on what can realistically be achieved. The boy who lives in the mountains will have better access to snow skiing than oceanography. Our job of teaching leadership includes preparing these boys for *real* life, and real life isn’t always fair.

    • Hi Steven,

      In case your wondering why so many downvotes, I’ll make a few friendly observations.

      1) you have to travel to see the eclipse

      If this was required, then scouts already in the path of totality or near totality (those with the best view) would be ineligible. And, for those not, time and expense may be prohibitive. Also, you can see interesting things even at far less than 100% that are still a great learning experience and badge worthy.

      2) make from scratch your own solar filter

      You *can’t* safely make ‘filter’ material yourself for direct viewing. (A pinhole projector is an indirect viewing device, not a ‘filter’.)

      Scouts should absolutely not be attempting to make anything themselves for *direct* viewing. (Using manufactured eclipse glasses and filters from certified sources under careful, intelligent supervision is fine.)

      3) Take a photo of the eclipse with your phone and post to social media to prove you were there

      – assumes the Scout has a phone (many cub scouts won’t, some scouts won’t either)
      – you *can’t* take a photo of an eclipse with a phone, anyway, without the right eclipse filter (except – maybe – at complete 100% totality). At best, at less than totality it will overwhelm your light sensor, just like every other day, and it’ll be an overexposure. At worst, it can damage the camera internals and burn out sensors, much like it can damage the human eye.
      – assumes the Scout *has* a social media account (many, especially again cub scouts do not)
      – viewing should be under an adult’s supervision, so ‘proof’ should be simple coloboration
      – a direct ‘proof’ requirement also basically says you believe the Scout is untrustworthy, which is a bigger fundamental issue broader than a single badge (perhaps language about ‘sharing your experience with others’ might be a better approach)

      4) draw a diagram showing what happens during an eclipse

      Not bad, but you can explain, or even demonstrate clearly with other objects, without one. In principle, though, this is okay.

      5) explain what happens during the eclipse

      Also not bad. And, incidentally, part of the current requirements.

      And, absolutely yes, think of this as more of an educational and experiential ‘participation’ patch, not a merit badge. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. It’s like a Philmont patch, or Cyber Chip award, not First Aid or Cooking. It’s a learning *experience*.

      Hopefully we’ll see this return as a patch again in 2024 and for other major eclipse events as well.

      I think though, the avalability window for the patch was far too small.

      We made pinhole projectors, went to the local library for a viewing event, talked about what happens, showed how to use monoculars and binoculars for safe indirect viewing as a projector device, shared eclipse glasses, discussed the optics of projection and how indirect viewers work, and used pinholes in cards, and even made a pinhole lens with our bare hands to project an observable view and reinforce the concepts, but only recently became aware of the patch, and now can’t get it, even though we did far more than the listed requirements.

      I hope you got to enjoy the eclipse!

      Looking forward to 2024.


  6. Anyone asking about how much Occlusion is needed, just re-read the page. You get the patch viewing it rain or shine. You can view it over the internet if it’s cloudy. As long as everyone is participating and learning, thats all that matters.

  7. If you are up for traveling, Boxwell Reservation in Middle Tennessee is in the path of totality and hosting an Eclipse campout! Online registration is closed, but you could probably call the camping department of Middle Tennessee Council for more info. $25/scout, t-shirt, and patch included…

    • I sent an e-mail to the council secretary hoping to get forwarded along to Boxwell. My family has already planned a road trip from the Philadelphia suburbs to Nashville to come see the eclipse, and it’s serendipitous that I saw your post, as I wasn’t sure exactly where we were going to watch the eclipse. If I can get in on the party on Monday, that’d be great for my two cubs. Thanks for the info!

      • Peter…I am glad I saw this posting. I was excited for the info thst Peggy passed along to you and investigated myself. I too am from the Philly suburbs and was able to find the registration info. If you go to the website for Middle TN Council, you can find information on the campout that will take you to the doubleknot registration page. Fortunately I was able to register. Unfortunately I will not make it until Sunday morning as I have scheduled some other outings for my son and I while we travel down there. Good luck.

  8. You can’t observe at night, it’s a solar eclipse not a lunar eclipse. There is a very short window of time.

  9. If you go to the actual website link above you will see that it is for either the total eclipse or a partial eclipse so anyone in the US can earn.

  10. The whole deal about this is that there will be 100% occlusion, that it’s a total eclipse. Sure, most people in the world will only see a partial eclipse, but if you travel this one is a total eclipse. An image like one of the following would be more appropriate, in my opinion: (an actual total eclipse)×500/total-solar-elipse-diamondring-beads.jpg?1 (the “diamond ring”)

    Either one of those would be better than this crescent near-miss patch.

  11. My other post may have been eaten because I linked to images, but this patch should be of a total eclipse, i.e. a shining corona around a black circle (the same but with the “diamond ring” effect would also be ok). The big thing about this one is that it’s a total eclipse, not a near-miss.

    • if the patch showed the total eclipse, you wouldn’t be able to look at it when you sewed it on…it would burn your eyes.

  12. Great news ! The Middle Tennessee Council is hosting The Great Eclipse Campout and we have over 2600 Scouters registered from as far away as Maryland ! We are directly in the path of totality and should enjoy about 2.5 minutes of darkness. Tee shirts, patches, merit badge work, shooting sports, adventure loops, crafts, space based movies, campfires – it will all be here. Registration just closed but will reopen around July 7 for a very limited time – come join us before we are full ! Call our Sherry in camping at 615.383.9724 x 8246 if you have questions. If you want a patch and tee shirt you would have to call her THIS WEEK. After that, limited quantities on site for attendees only. NOTE: we are also providing the special solar eclipse viewing glasses and there will be speakers to teach about the eclipse at the camp.

  13. I’d really be interested in how adults could “earn” a patch too! We would be participating along with the boys! We would have numbers 1, 2, 3 and 5 covered. Please add on a task for #4 for us as well!!

    • It’s not clear what the dimensions of the patch are.
      But, if it’s too large to fit on the right pocket of the field uniform as temporary insignia, it should still be able to fit on the back side of the merit badge sash.

  14. We are in the DIRECT line of it. Jefferson City, MO. Our dance troupe (aka flash mob) is doing ‘dancing in the dark’…..which btw, we are opening up to EVERYONE to learn the choreography and take part. It’s on you tube.

    OF course, 99% of you guys are not here, but in the case some of you ARE… are welcome to join us.

    Not sure if our troop is doing anything or not. This town is going to be INSANE! I’ll actually be locking doors and even locking the stables that weekend. I generally don’t lock things. But mob mentality brings out the worst in people. Not chancing it.

  15. My Weblo Scout an I going to St. Joseph MO .. primitive camp of $40 and camping I am from St. Joseph so my hometown travel of 4 hours from st. Louis

    • Welcome home! We live in St. Joseph, near Camp Gieger. My boys and I will be watching the eclipse and are excited about the badge opportunity! I hope that you have a safe trip and enjoy it!

  16. Even if you are in a place the total eclipse shadow will cover, you might have clouds. So this is a planning and learning patch. I’m good with that. This will probably be the most photographed event in history. Be careful.

  17. One last thing about the Middle Tennessee Eclipse Campout – it is still open and, regardless of what it says, will close around July 17. We are up to about 2900 participants…….I do not think they will let it get much above 3500.

  18. Know what kind of patch would be really cool? One that would you could customize to your location. It would have the same design as above, but it would come in parts: the white background of the sun, and black foreground of the moon’s dark side. One would shift the foreground patch to cover the amount of sun that was eclipsed from your vantage point.

    Extra special: additional solar spin axis, sunspot, or flair devices to mark precisely what you observed! That way, someone with really good orienteering skills could figure out which part of the country you were in when you saw it!

  19. My Eagle Scout is a member of three astronomy clubs here in Michigan. He encourages Scouts to join the largest club. In addition a few Scout Eagle projects, including his, were for the astronomy club. He and I (also an astronomer) are driving to Casper, Wyoming to attend a big astronomy national convention and will see the Eclipse there. He is going to the Jamboree and age out of scouting two days after the Eclipse. This will be a memorable Summer for him!

  20. Check out the new US postage stamps for the Eclipse. First time ever for a heat sensitive ink. It shows the Eclipse with a black moon. When you touch the stamp all of the moon details show up. When cooled it reverts to the Eclipse view. These are Forever stamps and come in a sheet of 16 stamps. Back of sheet shows path of totality across US. Great keepsake for Scouts.

  21. We’re going to be camping Saturday through Monday (our local school district starts on Tuesday, thankfully) and doing some cleanup/pickup of neighboring camps as a service project afterwords. It’ll be great to have a patch to commemorate this rare event.

  22. To all Scouts, Scouters, family and friends:
    Enjoy the eclipse total or partial, rain or shine or directly or live feed via the internet or TV. Just do it and and enjoy one of nature’s truly remarkable event.

  23. Bryan…just found out that these patches will NOT be available at the Scout Shops/Service Centers. They must be ordered/are ordered through National Supply.

  24. Welding helmets work great. Ensure it is at least a shade 10. Electronic ones are easily adjustable just by turning a dial, but many can be turned down to 8 and that may not provide enough protection so use would need to be monitored. Sure, not everyone has access to welding helmets, but you may know someone or the other youth in your troops/packs may know someone. I own two, so will be opening them out.

  25. Here in Kansas City Missouri school will have already started in the north Kansas City School District. They are planning a big event for all the students including special glasses to view and workshops to teach them about the eclipse.

    Just thought you might like to know.

    Happy viewing to all

  26. This may be a silly question, but what is the counselor requirement for this badge? Can anyone be the counselor, or do they even need one?

  27. so now my question is how are these boys supposed to earn the patch when they are in school during the time it is supposed to occur in out location?

  28. Can the boys still earn the patch if they can’t get out of school?? Say if their teachers help them view it and we discuss as a den or pack afterwards?

  29. A few points: most of North America will be able to see at least 50% totality. As long as Scouts in the US are allowed outside during school hours when the eclipse occurs, and the sky is clear, they should be able to have the awesome experience of viewing a celestial event; if the sky is not clear, or the scouts were unable to get outside, they likely will have an opportunity to view a live feed. If not, let them view recorded footage. The wording clearly was intended to allow for Scouts who were unable to view the eclipse. If they were unable to view it live, they may have felt disappointed, and could discuss this. The clear intent of creating the patch was to add to the excitement of a rare astronomical event, and encourage scouts to learn about and experience it as they are able. The important things are safety and the educational value.

  30. What if you don’t want your Cub Scout or preteen Boy Scout on social media? Are they disqualified? Don’t you need to be at least 13-years-old to join social media sites? … unless you want them to lie…

  31. I have heard that our school district has put out information stating they will not be allowing the children any opportunity to view the eclipse. Could watching a recorded feed suffice? I guess I need to read the requirements again.

  32. Hopefully BSA is going to ensure enough patches are available so that everyone who earns one can receive one. I just got off the phone with my local Scout Shop and was told they won’t be carrying the patch in the shop and there is a nationwide backlog on orders. They said they cannot guarantee any new orders will be fulfilled. I’m reluctant to advertise this patch to my unit if it’s unlikely we’ll be able to get the actual patch. Also, what is the price of the patch? Since it’s not up on Scoutstuff pricing isn’t available.

    • Greg, the price of the patch is under $2. I went to my local Scout Shop last week to pick up some of them for the Wolf den as we are doing some activities tonight in advance of next week. They only had three patches left and said they weren’t getting more. Like you, I had not advertised the patch, but I am fortunate as my den only has three scouts.

  33. Our family is fortunate, we live in St. Joseph MO, all schools are out of school Monday. It looks like some of you will be travelling to our town for the Eclipse. I hope you all enjoy your visit here! So excited about the unique opportunity not only for the experience, but also for the badge! Thanks for the info!

  34. I organized a viewing picnic and the scouts had a great time learning and viewing the eclipse at 75% coverage. I have 5 extra patches if there is a troop that need a few extra. Just ask that you cover cost of patch and postage.

  35. I have a Scouter asking if we are eligible to earn this patch. To me it looks like we are not. Can anyone confirm?

  36. I just called my local scout shop and ordered some. They took my order over the phone. Said tomorrow is the deadline for ordering and that these that are now being ordered after the fact will come in in about a month.

    • I too would like to know where to get the patch as we have 10 boys that earned it and now we have to let them down with the news that they don’t get the patch. Our Pack meets monthly and a 14 day window to order the patch is pretty slim in my opinion.

      • I missed the ordering deadline by 4 days. I am reaching out to my local scout shops, district executive, and calling the #1-800-323-0736, as I sense many of us are in the same situation. I mistakenly made the assumption that I could lump this patch in with our monthly order.

        I would ask that anyone in this situation do the same, or point me in the direction of those that could make a difference.

        I have 26 boys that earned this patch and hope to get it to them.

    • I missed the ordering deadline by 4 days. I am reaching out to my local scout shops, district executive, and calling the #1-800-323-0736, as I sense many of us are in the same situation. I mistakenly made the assumption that I could lump this patch in with our monthly order.

      I would ask that anyone in this situation do the same, or point me in the direction of those that could make a difference.

      I have 26 boys that earned this patch and hope to get it to them

  37. Thoughts: can this patch be earned retroactively? Say you have a few extras and a scout who joins in October can fulfill the requirements? Even if they weren’t a scout at the time?

  38. We drove 6 hours to see the total eclipse with 6 Scouts. Just now found out about the patch. Why such a short window to purchase? Sell it all year.

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