Buying Scout Awards in NYC
It may be more convenient than Oakland
Consider going to New York City to buy Boy Scout and Cub Scout awards. The Greater New York Councils opened a small "Award Center" at its new office on 475 Riverside Drive and stocked it with lots of belt loops and pins for Cubs, and rank patches and merit badges for Scouts. https://www.bsa-gnyc.org/servicecenter
The Award Center is not an actual "Scout Shop," which means that it has just a smattering of other stuff, such as uniforms and neckerchiefs and accessories. But, if you know what you're after, you can phone a week ahead, and they'll transfer items from their actual Scout Shop at Alpine Scout Camp or Camp Pouch.
The GNYC Service Center and its Award Center is located on the 6th floor of the Interchurch Center building, uptown near Columbia University. Enter either from 475 Riverside Drive or, better, from 61 Claremont Avenue. Show your ID, get an entrance pass, and find the elevator. The building is between 119th and 120 Streets. It's a short walk from the 116 Street subway station 1 train line. There's street parking and also a garage on 120th Street off Riverside.
Contact: David Robbins, Director of GNYC Scout Shops