Kids collect all sorts of things – trading cards, bottle caps, rocks, cars. If your Cub Scout has a collection, he can earn the Collecting pin from the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. It will encourage him to organize all of those things which have collected in his room into something he can display and be proud of.
Collecting Pin Requirements
Earn the Collecting belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:
- Give a talk about your collection to someone other than your family. Give a description of your collection, including a short history. Explain how you got started and why you decided to collect what you do.
- Show how you preserve and display your collection. Explain any special precautions you must take including handling, cleaning, and storage. Note precautions for dampness, sunlight, or other weather conditions.
- Read a book about what you collect and then discuss it wth your den or an adult family member.
- Start a new collection of at least 20 items. Label the items, and title your collection.
- Explain to your den or an adult family member what numismatics and philately mean.
- With your parent’s or adult partner’s permission, join a club of collectors who share your hobby. This club may be a group of your friends.
- Find out if there is a career that involves what you collect. Find out what kind of subjects you need to study to prepare for such a career.
- If you collect coins or stamps, make a list of different countries in your collection. Explain how to identify each country’s issues. Make a list of “clues” that help you identify the origin.
- With an adult partner, visit an online auction and look for items you collect. Discuss what it tells you about rarity and value of the things you collect.
- Create a method for organizing and keeping track of your collection. Use a computer if possible.
- Help a friend get started on a collection of his or her own.