Published On: 11/24/2015

“Mining in Society” Boy Scout Merit Badge in Development

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) is extremely pleased to announce 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.

“This project has become a mission of many of our members and industry partners,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “We are thrilled with the opportunity to turn this dream into a reality.”

Part of the pre-launch of this badge will be its introduction at the 2013 National BSA Jamboree at The Summit in Bechtel, West Virginia, July 15 – 24, 2013. The Summit is the new permanent home for the Jamboree, and is located on reclaimed former coal mining property. SME will send 20 volunteers to interact with more than 50,000 Scouts, Venturers, volunteers and staff from throughout the United States to introduce them to the new merit badge. The formal launch of the Mining in Society Merit Badge will take place in February 2014 at the SME Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. SME is committed to meeting the rigorous requirements of the BSA in developing this significant badge, and to ensure that it meets the fundamental requirements of the merit badge program: to allow Scouts to examine a variety of subjects to help determine what path they would like to pursue as a career.

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or