Support the Mining in Society Merit Badge

MEC Scouting

In our ongoing efforts to help Scouts learn about the mining industry and its impact on their lives, SME and the MEC have worked with the Scouting BSA to develop the Mining in Society merit badge, including the requirements, pamphlet, badge design and other materials.

Since it premiered in 2014, more than 29,000 Scouts have earned the BSA’s Mining in Society merit badge.


The National Scout Jamboree is a quadrennial two-week encampment for boys and girls, ages 13-18, in the Scouts BSA program.

Held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in rural West Virginia, it includes activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, boating, skateboarding, and shooting sports, plus cultural and learning experiences for the thousands of Scouts in attendance. Since 2013, the Minerals Education Coalition has provided a booth at national jamborees, introducing Scouts to the Mining in Society merit badge. The 24th World Scout Jamboree, held at the Summit in 2019, welcomed 40,000+ participants from around the globe and the MEC provided a mining exhibit there as well. Delayed from 2021 to 2023 due to the pandemic, planning for the next national jamboree is now underway. Around 13,000 Scouts are expected to attend.

Our 2023 exhibit will be themed "Mining in Our Modern World: Journey to the Middle of Your Mobile." The exhibit will emphasize many messages embodied in the Mining in Society merit badge. Most importantly, however, we will continue to help Scouts make a personal, direct connection to the importance of mining to their lives.



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MEC continues to support Scouting year round through the Mining in Society merit badge web page. On that page you can learn all your need to know about becoming a Mining in Society merit badge counselor. Then, by completing the Roll Call form, you will be added to our mailing list for MiS merit badge counselors for future communications regarding the merit badge, support materials and your role as a counselor.