Actually, all of the custom nerd merit badges that have been earned so far have now been sent out. As it turns out, both the regular badges and the charter badges with the associated numbered, signed certificate are light enough to send as a regular old 1st class letter. Four out of the twenty-five I sent out in three waves between last weekend and this needed to be sent out of the country. Again, the light weight of the envelopes really helped keep the air mail postage down to a surprisingly small amount.
From left to right pictured are both versions of the badge with a prototype certificate, all ten charter badges, and the first charter badge with final certificate.
I am calling the custom nerd merit badge experiment a tremendous success. It has brought in a couple hundred dollars in one time donations on top of the funds set aside from the charter donors to capitalize this first batch of badges. It has netted nine recurring donors, the majority of them contributing the minimum but committed to doing so every single month. Out of the first batch of fifty badges, four were sacrificed to getting the custom embroidery for the charter badges right. Twenty-one more badges were sent out to subsequent donors, including folks who contributed before the start of the experiment.
I would like to thank, again, everyone who helped make this experiment a success. I’d also like to thank in advance future donors who choose to go a little bit further and earn a merit badge of their own.
There are twenty-five badges left. If you want one, go to the support page where you can find details on how to make a donation. A one time donation of $20 or more or a monthly donation of any amount will earn you a custom nerd merit badge.