If the packed tent is any early indication, Mining in Society merit badge will be a hit when it debuts in February 2014.
Scouts attending the 2013 National Jamboree got a sneak peek at the new elective merit badge, set to be released at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration’s Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City.
Mining has been an important part of our nation since the 19th century.
Today, the industry employes 3 million Americans, directly and indirectly, and is a major contributor to the global mining landscape.
The merit badge will cover the history of mining, explore the status of mining in the 21st century, introduce Scouts to modern mining careers and explore the all-important topic of mining safety.
Mining in Society, like the already-popular Welding merit badge, is another STEM-focused merit badge that will help introduce Scouts to real-world careers that are actively hiring.