Bookbinding/Librarian merit badge from Ireland – update

Ireland bookbinding scout badge

Earlier this month, I talked about the Bookbinding/Librarian merit badge from Ireland. I contacted the Ireland National Office for more information on what one has to do to earn the badge.

I quickly heard back from Conor McKeon, Programme Commissioner (Scouts) from Scouting Ireland.

He was kind enough to send me a scan of a page from the scout badge book – it includes the requirements for earning the badge:

  1. Make two covers for holding loose sheets, covered in suitable material with punch holes for tread or ribbon.
  2. Discuss this subject with your Patrol and instruct another Scout in Bookbinding.
  3. Bind the Troop or Patrol Log Book.
  4. Describe in simple terms, how a book is made.

Sadly, it looks like there won’t be a bookbinding-specific badge for much longer.

Here’s what Conor had to say:

The badge in question is from our old youth programme for Scouts.

For the last three years we have being transitioning to a new programme. As part of this programme scouts can design their own merit badges and they must fall under the following categories (Skill, Physical, Adventure, Community or Environment).

This essentially means if they want to bookbind they define the skill level they wish to achieve and it must be challenging to them.

If you like the badge and want one for yourself, you should probably get one now.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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