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Future Mining in Society MB counselors can get trained for free online

miningMining in Society merit badge counselors, here’s your chance to sharpen your skills before teaching the BSA’s newest merit badge to Scouts.

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration will offer two free online trainings for Mining in Society MB counselors. The class takes an hour, and you can complete it from the comfort of your home computer.

Anyone is welcome to attend, but seats are limited.

Register for the class at this link. Though they’re listed as “Training I” and “Training II,” the courses are identical. So pick whichever time is more convenient for you.

The first training time is this Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern (6:30 p.m. Central, 5:30 p.m. Mountain, 4:30 p.m. Pacific).

The second is set for Wednesday, April 30, at 9 p.m. Eastern (8 p.m. Central, 7 p.m. Mountain, 6 p.m. Pacific).

To help you get in the Mining in Society spirit, check out these resources.

10 Comments on Future Mining in Society MB counselors can get trained for free online

  1. Emerson Wheeler // March 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm // Reply

    When is BSA going to offer Merit Badge Counselor orientation online. This would be a great help to all of us.

    • Jim Kangas // March 19, 2014 at 9:19 am // Reply

      Our troop made up its own power point presentation that the adult members can view on the troop website; we simply took the BSA literature and added more pictures. Since there is no certification required (at least not yet) it meets our needs. Specific questions are directed to the Advancement Chair.

      Many districts or councils also offer live MBC orientation at the monthly roundtables or at the University of Scouting; if yours doesn’t, ask and maybe they will.

      • Michael Vreeland // November 17, 2016 at 1:31 am // Reply

        Is that powerpoint something you would be able to share to a new MB counselor for Mining in Society.

    • Matt Culbertson // March 19, 2014 at 9:37 am // Reply

      There is a MBC orientation presentation on

      The Essentials of Merit Badge Counseling
      This PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes covers the required procedures for merit badge counseling, clarifies the role of counselors in the BSA advancement program, and discusses the appropriate approaches to use in working with Scouts. It is intended as an instructor-led presentation to counselors of any experience level and takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Download PowerPoint Presentation , Download Presenter’s Notes PDF

  2. Mr. Bubbles // March 18, 2014 at 1:32 pm // Reply

    I wish BSA would offer e-orientations for all the merit badges like this.

    • I agree, especially for all the most popular merit badges.

  3. Bobby Sammons // March 18, 2014 at 7:40 pm // Reply

    If it wasn’t for the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration, which sponsors the Merit Badge there wouldn’t be this class. Sometimes it is nice to have a sponsor that is involved to this extent.

  4. scoutmaster45 // March 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm // Reply

    Reblogged this on BSA Troop 45.

  5. Eric Simonsen // March 20, 2014 at 7:27 pm // Reply

    I just completed the so called on line training.for the new merit badge Mining. There was no sound but this site stated that we would hear something. But after a half hour was up and a number of screens. Came a screen that said I qualified to teach the new Mining Merit Badge. But how do I prove that ?

  6. G Peter Schmitt Sr // March 24, 2014 at 9:09 am // Reply

    Eric you needed to do the software test first, prior to the online training to make sure you had all the necessary “free” software to participate in the training. I would recommend you consider signing up for the second class being offed and do the necessary quick software check … I participated in the training and felt it was a very interesting, well thought out training and should be done with all new Merit Badges moving forward. (A+ for the training session I was happy to get the background information of the Merit Badge and thoughts from some of the individuals who worked over many years to make this Merit Badge Available.

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