Eagle Scout Patches


In addition to the Eagle Scout medals embroidered patches were offered to the scouts after 1924. The first embroidered Eagle patches were issued to scouts attending the 1924 World Jamboree in Denmark.

Type 1 1924-1932
The very first Type 1’s have a knot hanging below the scroll and are known as the Type 1-a1 (below, left). It is highly sought among collectors. The Type 1-a2 omits the knot. The Type 1-a3 (below, right) has no knot and the scroll stays within the inner oval.
Type 1-a1
Type 1-a1 Eagle patch on sash.
Type 1-a3
Type 1-a3 Eagle patch on tan twill.
 
Type 1
The Type 1 badge came in four colors: (left to right) Navy felt, Tan twill, Olive twill, and White twill (not shown).
 
Eagle Patch Variations: The Type 1 badges would also be embroidered on white twill and navy twill for the Sea Scout uniforms. Boy Scouts were issued their badges on tan twill from 1924-1932 and olive twill from 1925-1932.

Many variations exist in the stitching including eagles with and without eyes.
Type 2 1933-1955
In 1933 the Eagle patch was redesigned and would be available on twill cloth in tan, white, blue, khaki and olive. It would also be available in cotton and silk thread.
Type 2
Type 2 Eagle patch on olive twill.
 
Type 2
The Type 2 patch was issued in Navy felt, White twill, Khaki twill, Olive twill and Tan twill (not pictured).
 
Type 3 1956-1972
The newly redesigned Eagle patch had a rolled edge. The hard to find earlier Type 3a has a closed beak and is sought by collectors. The Type 3b has an open beak with guaze back. The Type 3c looks like the Type 3b but has a plastic backing.
Type 3a
Type 3a
Type 3b
Type 3b
 
Type 4 1974-1976
Type 4
Type 4
This type was a great departure from everything familiar in the Eagle badge. Variations include tail feathers below the perch and types with no tail feathers below the perch. Backs can be cloth, white threads showing a cloth backing and clear plastic. There was a groundswell of resistance to this design and the scouts started making unauthorized Eagle award patches based on the Type 3 design. Fortunately the Type 4 was short lived.
Type 5 1975-1985
Type 5
Type 5
Under pressure to regain an attractive, yet simple badge, the Eagle was once again redesigned with some more detail. Many variations of this type exist. Almost none of these patches look the same at all. The backs may be plastic with no guaze, plastic over guaze and a starched kind of guaze backing. It has been suggested that there was little quality control over this type which resulted in many small detail changes.
 
Type 6 1985-1986
Type 6
Type 6
1985 brought the 75th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and with it came the heavy use of silver mylar in just about anything embroidered. The Eagle patch now sported a sparkly rolled edge and eagle. However, silver mylar proved to be weak when it went through the wash. It lasted a year before the Type 7 was introduced.
Type 7 1986-1989
Type 7
Type 7
Type 7 eliminated the silver eagle but kept the silver on the rolled edge. The eagle would receive different color thread including light, medium and dark grey. These are considered sub-types of this Type 7. All have plastic backs.
 
Type 8 1989-2009
Silver mylar was finally done away with. The Type 8 produced many variations with sub-types of sub-types, but suffice to say that by this time the Eagle patch was finally coming to a nicely made attractive design with the zenith being the Type 8b’s. Note the thick and thin letters and the loose or tight weave of the Red-White-Blue background. Although the original Type 1 exhibits many subtle variations it has not been given the microscopic attention allowed on the Type 8.
The 8b’s (below) added some extra white stitching between the stripes of red, white and blue. By 2000 the Boy Scouts of America were producing their official patches with "Scout Stuff" logos printed on the plastic backing to designate official items.
Type 8a
Type 8a’s
Type 8b
Type 8b
Type 9 2010
In 2010 the Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 100th anniversary. To commemorate that event many patches carried a 2010 designation. All embroidered ranks in Scouting and Cub Scouting received a temporary facelift for 2010 only. This will become the most short lived official type as the BSA will discontinue it after 2010. Two versions have been observed: The 9a has the usual 'Scout Stuff' plastic backing while the 9b has the official 2010 Anniversary logo plastic backing.
Type 9
Type 9