Boy Scout Mining Merit Badge in Development
- Written by Mark Kuhar
July 15, 2013 – Mining and the Boy Scouts would not normally go together, but pretty soon, the two will have a great working relationship. The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration announced that it has obtained approval to be the lead organization for the development of a new Boy Scout Merit Badge. The "Mining in Society" Merit Badge will focus on the importance of mining and its key components of exploration, permitting, extraction, processing, production, safety and reclamation. After almost a decade of advocacy, SME is now moving forward to develop a factual and comprehensive program of instruction to motivate Scouts to fulfill all of the requirements necessary to earn this badge.