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New Merit Badge - Mining in Society

The BSA’s newest merit badge, Mining in Society, released on February 26, 2014 at the annual meeting of The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc., which was instrumental in the development of the merit badge.

The latest in a series of merit badges on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics, Mining in Society focuses on mining’s key components of exploration, permitting, excavation, processing, production, safety, and reclamation. From communications, transportation, power, construction, agriculture, and medicine to education, entertainment, and recreation, nearly every aspect of society relies on mining.

“Whether it’s the source of the metal in a Dutch oven or the key components in a smartphone, mining affects Scouts both in their Scouting activities and in their everyday lives, making this Mining in Society merit badge a great way for Scouts to gain a better understanding of some of the key building blocks of commonly used items,” said Chief Scout Executive Wayne Brock.

After earning the merit badge, Scouts will:    

  • Have an appreciation for mining, its benefits and challenges
  • Hopefully provide added public support for mining in the future
  • Potentially, have an interest in mining as a profession or career
  • Be positioned to make wise decisions as future leaders in America

Pamphlets coming soon to the Scout Shop and at scoutstuff.orgExternal Link.

For more information on the Mining in Society merit badge, visit www.scouting.org/meritbadgesExternal Link.

Resources for individuals who are interested in serving as a merit badge counselor are available here: www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts/GuideforMeritBadgeCounselors/ResourcesExternal Link.