Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has designated SME to lead the development of a new Mining in Society merit badge. According to the BSA website, earning a merit badge offers Boy Scouts the opportunity to “learn about sports, crafts, science, trades, business and future careers.”
This opportunity aligns with the SME Foundation’s commitment to foster understanding about the positive impact mining and minerals make on quality of life. Establishing a Mining in Society merit badge ensures that for years to come, members of the next generation will be introduced to mining and minerals and have the opportunity to learn about careers in the industry.
We have already begun this initiative by drawing on SME members’ expertise to create a compelling badge program that touches on mining’s key components of exploration, permitting, excavation, processing, production, safety and reclamation. SME members also actively participated at the BSA National Jamboree in July by promoting the badge as they presented mining-related activities to spark interest with the Scouts and their leaders.
Contributions are greatly appreciated by mail:
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