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New Search and Rescue Merit Badge 

The Search and Rescue merit badge was announced trecently at the 2012 National Search and Rescue ConferenceExternal Link. The conference was hosted by the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR) and the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

Every year, thousands of people who were reported missing are saved by specialized search and rescue (SAR) teams. With high-tech navigation tools readily available, many people are able to self-evacuate from remote areas. But the critical skills of SAR are still essential to saving lives.. 

Because society in general is very attuned to urban searches, such as Amber Alerts (children) and Silver Alerts (seniors), we will be providing a one-page list called Staying Found—which helps members of the community understand what they can do if a person goes missing. All information will be available shortly.

The merit badge pamphlet is still in development and is expected to be available later this summer.

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