Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Retired Insignia

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Index of Retired Insignia

Throughout the years, many AY honors have had their patches either be updated, redesigned, changed, or even discarded. This is usually due to a changing world and a need for requirements to be up-to-date with the latest discoveries, changing technology, differing cultures, and much more. While almost all honors are simply updated in requirements and/or design, there are also a few honors that no longer exist.

This page showcases several AY honor patches as they existed before they underwent design changes. The purpose of the page is three-fold: 1) Demonstrate the interesting designs, history, and legacy of Pathfindering; 2) Resolve any questions and confusion as to what a patch is supposed to look like & 3) Identifying patches that maybe many seasoned Pathfinders have on their sashes but might have forgotten what they are ;-)

You can click on the name of the honor to go to the link of the actual patch design as it appears today.

If you have any honor patches that are outdated and you do not see it on this page, take a picture and upload it here!


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Barbering Honor.png Barbering 2002 The Vocational category was once completely retired and labeled as antique. During this time, the patches were produced with a gray background. This is the example seen here with Barbering (later renamed Barbering & Hairstyling). The Vocational category was brought back after a large outcry and the designs are now back to a red background.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Bible Evangelism Honor.png Bible Evangelism Unknown Bible Evangelism used to be part of the now defunct Outreach category, but was changed to the Vocational category.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Biblical Archaeology Honor.png Biblical Archaeology 2015 This patch was the original version for this proposed honor given out at the Forever Faithful Camporee in 2014 at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The presentation was given in English and Spanish. It had a red background to denote its Vocational category and included a fedora hat (stereotypically associated with archaeologists due to the popularity of the Indiana Jones movies), a hand shovel, and an artifact. The South American Division had come up with a similar honor in 2012 and its requirements were combined and integrated to form the current requirements. The SAD's version of the patch design was also adopted, showcasing what appears to be an Egyptian mummy tomb and having a dark blue background, which belongs to the Spiritual Growth, Outreach & Heritage category.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Bookkeeping Honor.png Bookkeeping Unknown Bookkeeping used to be part of the Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies category, but was changed to the Vocational category.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Canning Honor.png Canning Unknown Canning, now named Food - Canning, originally had what appeared to be a tin can on its patch. It was changed to a transparent jar.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Chemistry Honor.png Chemistry Unknown Chemistry used to be part of the Nature category, but was changed to the Health & Science category.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Christian Sales Principles Honor.png Christian Sales Principles Unknown Christian Sales Principles used to be part of the now defunct Outreach category, but was changed to the Vocational category.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Computers Honor.png Computers 2017 Technology is constantly changing, improving, and upgrading. The original design for this patch had a model similar to the first personal computers. The design was changed by the General Conference to include several devices that now act and are used as computers. The requirements were also updated, and most likely will continue to need revision as time goes on and technology continues to change.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Currency Honor.png Coins Unknown Coins, later renamed Currency, used to be part of the Recreation category, but was changed to the Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies category.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated First Aid Honor.png First Aid 2000 First Aid originally displayed St. John's cross. It is now divided into First Aid - Basic and First Aid - Standard. In some Divisions, there is a First Aid - Advanced also. This honor used to be part of the now defunct Outreach category, but was changed to the Health & Science category.
NOTE: Some countries, such as parts of Canada, England, and Australia, still use St. John Ambulance as their first aid procedure. This patch design might still be accepted in these regions.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Basic First Aid Honor.png Basic First Aid 2000 First Aid - Basic originally displayed St. John's cross and a letter J in the center, signifying "junior". This honor used to be part of the now defunct Outreach category, but was changed to the Health & Science category.
NOTE: Some countries, such as parts of Canada, England, and Australia, still use St. John Ambulance as their first aid procedure. This patch design might still be accepted in these regions.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated House Painting Exterior Honor.png House Painting - Exterior Unknown House Painting - Exterior used to just have a black outline of painting materials. It was changed to color and the circular outline of the honor was made half gray and half yellow.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated House Painting Interior Honor.png House Painting - Interior Unknown House Painting - Interior used to have an outline of a broad paintbrush. It was changed to color and a roller paintbrush.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Native American Lore Honor.png Indian Lore Unknown Previously titled Indian Lore, this honor was renamed to Native American Lore so that the title would be culturally appropriate. The headdress was updated to all eagle feathers instead of multi-colored feathers. No tribes ever used multi-colored warbonnets.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Journalism Honor.png Journalism Unknown Journalism used to be part of the Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies category, but was changed to the Vocational category.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Laundering Honor.png Laundering Unknown Laundering originally only had a simple iron facing left in its design. Later, it was changed to a more detailed iron facing right.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Lifesaving Honor.png Lifesaving Unknown Lifesaving used to have a white outline of a lifesaver used by lifeguards. It was changed to color.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Needlecraft Honor.png Needlecraft 1977 Needlecraft was used to be part of the Household Arts category, but was changed to the Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies category. In 1944, the name was changed to Needlework and then discontinued in 1970. It was reinstated in 1977.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Optics Honor.png Optics Unknown Optics used to be part of the Nature category, but was changed to the Health & Science category.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Orientation Honor.png Orienteering Unknown Orientation used to be part of the Nature category, but was changed to the Recreation category.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Stamps Honor.png Philately Unknown Philately, later renamed Stamps, used to be part of the Recreation category, but was changed to the Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies category.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Photography Honor.png Photography Unknown Photography technology has progressed a long way, and the image of a dry-plate camera became antique. It was replaced with a film camera (although some might already consider this image too an antique).


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Physical Culture Honor.png Physical Culture 1963 The patch depicts a pair of clubs or meels that are a type of exercise equipment used for developing strength. The wooden clubs are of varying sizes and weights, which were swung in certain patterns as part of a carefully choreographed routine and in unison by a group of exercisers, led by an instructor in front, similar to modern aerobics classes. Clubs ranged from a few pounds to fifty pounds. Physical Culture was changed to Physical Fitness in 1963.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Shoe Repair Honor.png Shoe Repair Unknown Shoe Repair originally had a boot silhouette in its design. Later, it was changed to a more detailed outline of a boot.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Shorthand Honor.png Shorthand Unknown Shorthand used to be part of the Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies category, but was changed to the Vocational category.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Skateboarding (NAD).png Skateboarding Unknown This patch was specific to the North American Division. This honor's requirements were discontinued due to safety and insurance concerns. The Skateboarding honor can still be found within the South Pacific Division, albeit with very different requirements.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Swimming Honor.png Swimming Unknown Swimming originally had for its design a diver with outstretched arms. It was later changed to the diver touching its toes.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Teaching Honor.png Teaching Unknown Teaching used to be part of the now defunct Outreach category, but was changed to the Vocational category. Also, the flag in front of the building was of the USA; this made the insignia region-specific, instead of worldwide.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Typewriting Honor.png Typewriting Unknown Typewriting used to be part of the Arts, Crafts, and Hobbies category, but was changed to the Vocational category.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Witnessing Master Award.png Witnessing Master Award Unknown Witnessing was divided into two groups Spiritual Growth and Ministries Master Award and Family, Origins, and Heritage Master Award.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Pathfinder Evangelism Award.png Pathfinder Evangelism Award Unknown One of the original concepts for this award was to use the same image as the Christian Citizenship honor. It has since been discontinued in favor of the current patch.


FL Conference only


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Adventist Church Heritage Award FL.png Adventist Church Heritage Award (FL) Unknown Specific only to the Florida Conference, this patch was originally made wide as to distinguish it from a regular Division-level AY honor. It was blue in color to reflect the Outreach category. It was changed to a normal AY honor patch size and the background was recolored to gray to match all other FL-only honors.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Disability Awareness Florida Honor.png Disability Awareness Unknown Specific only to the Florida Conference, this patch originally had a white background. The background was recolored to gray to match all other FL-only honors.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Manatees Florida Honor.png Manatees Unknown Specific only to the Florida Conference, this patch originally had a blue background to mimic a manatee swimming in the ocean. The background was recolored to gray to match all other FL-only honors.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Natural Disasters Florida Honor.png Natural Disasters Unknown Specific only to the Florida Conference, this patch was originally made just a bit larger than a regular honor patch to distinguish it from a regular Division-level AY honor. Originally light-blue in color, it was changed to a normal AY honor patch size and the background was recolored to gray to match all other FL-only honors.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Space Exploration Florida Honor.png Space Exploration Unknown Specific only to the Florida Conference, this patch originally had a man on the moon and a border embroidered with a gold color. It was changed to a man orbiting earth, the border was recolored black, and the background was recolored to gray to match all other FL-only honors.


Outdated ADRA patches


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Community Assessment ADRA.png Community Assessment 2009 Specific only to places where ADRA serves (not available in the United States), this patch originally had the image of hands cradling something (which is evident in some other logos of different Adventist Ministries), in this case a checkmark. These ADRA patches originally appeared in 2002, but were later redesigned and some requirements modified in 2009.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Crisis Intervention ADRA.png Crisis Intervention 2009 Specific only to places where ADRA serves (not available in the United States), this patch originally had the image of hands cradling something (which is evident in some other logos of different Adventist Ministries), in this case a broken heart. It was renamed to Conflict Resolution. These ADRA patches originally appeared in 2002, but were later redesigned and some requirements modified in 2009.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Disaster Response ADRA.png Disaster Response 2009 Specific only to places where ADRA serves (not available in the United States), this patch originally had the image of hands cradling something (which is evident in some other logos of different Adventist Ministries), in this case a hospital tent. Later, an advanced level was added. These ADRA patches originally appeared in 2002, but were later redesigned and some requirements modified in 2009.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Feeding Ministries ADRA.png Feeding Ministries 2009 Specific only to places where ADRA serves (not available in the United States), this patch originally had the image of hands cradling something (which is evident in some other logos of different Adventist Ministries), in this case some stalks of wheat. It was later renamed to Hunger Relief. These ADRA patches originally appeared in 2002, but were later redesigned and some requirements modified in 2009.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Refugee Assistance ADRA.png Refugee Assistance 2009 Specific only to places where ADRA serves (not available in the United States), this patch originally had the image of hands cradling something (which is evident in some other logos of different Adventist Ministries), in this case what looks like a bag to carry belongings. It was later renamed to Refugee Resettlement. These ADRA patches originally appeared in 2002, but were later redesigned and some requirements modified in 2009.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Rural Development ADRA.png Rural Development 2009 Specific only to places where ADRA serves (not available in the United States), this patch originally had the image of hands cradling something (which is evident in some other logos of different Adventist Ministries), in this case a faucet with a drop of water where a tree is growing. This honor was later combined with Urban Development to create Community Development. These ADRA patches originally appeared in 2002, but were later redesigned and some requirements modified in 2009.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Serving Communities ADRA.png Serving Communities 2009 Specific only to places where ADRA serves (not available in the United States), this patch originally had the image of hands cradling something (which is evident in some other logos of different Adventist Ministries), in this case a building. It was later renamed to Community Service. These ADRA patches originally appeared in 2002, but were later redesigned and some requirements modified in 2009.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Tutoring ADRA.png Tutoring 2009 Specific only to places where ADRA serves (not available in the United States), this patch originally had the image of hands cradling something (which is evident in some other logos of different Adventist Ministries), in this case a small chalkboard with letters and numbers. It was later renamed to Literacy. These ADRA patches originally appeared in 2002, but were later redesigned and some requirements modified in 2009.


Insignia Name Year Changed Reason Changed
Outdated Urban Development ADRA.png Urban Development 2009 Specific only to places where ADRA serves (not available in the United States), this patch originally had the image of hands cradling something (which is evident in some other logos of different Adventist Ministries), in this case a city. This honor was later combined with Rural Development to create Community Development. These ADRA patches originally appeared in 2002, but were later redesigned and some requirements modified in 2009.