Of the 122 different merit badges Boy Scouts can earn, four of them are vintage and can be obtained this year only in honor of Scouting's 100th anniversary.
Members of Troop 170 at Macon’s Forest Hills United Methodist Church spent much of Saturday working to earn one of them.
Nearly two dozen Scouts from the troop hiked up and down the streets of downtown Macon, learning particular points of history in the process. For example, 100 years ago a bridal shop used to stand where the Wachovia Building now sits on Mulberrry Street. A saddle shop was across the street.
The boys took notes of where blacksmith shops and drugstores were in Macon in 1910 and also noted where current tourist attractions and even gas stations are spread out across town.
One of the four merit badges making a reappearance this year is a pathfinding badge the boys are working to earn.
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