The Boy Scouts of America is a youth organization that was founded in 1910 by William D. Boyce. Today, it has over 2.6 million members and reaches young people from more than 300 local councils across the country and around the world. It’s also one of the few organizations dedicated to helping boys grow into men through service projects, community involvement, leadership development, and adventure activities like hiking and camping (or “roughing it”). The organization uses a lot of symbols—like badges or patches—to help its members understand what they’ve done or need to do next in their journey toward becoming an Eagle Scout (the highest level attainable).
The patches are a way for scouts to show their achievements. There are different categories of patches, each with its own meaning and significance. The lowest level is the basic patch, which can be earned by all scouts. The next level up is the bronze star, which requires more work than the basic but not as much as silver or gold stars do. Finally there are silver and gold stars–the highest levels–and these require quite an accomplishment! The badges themselves are worn on either shoulder of your uniform shirt or jacket (depending on whether you’re wearing shorts or pants).
You can learn them by doing research or talking with others who have been in Boy Scouts before you. You can also learn them by doing the activities and earning patches for them! I hope this guide has helped you understand the Boy Scouts of America patches. There are a lot of symbols to learn, but it’s not hard to understand. The most important thing is that you have fun!