Some time ago the Boy Scouts Of American did away with the Beekeeping Merit Badge due to a variety of reasons. Although there was strong protest and a lot of pressure to reinstate it, they declined, at least initially, until further review. But the noise that was made, the consistent pressure especially from a small but dedicated group convinced them that something should be done in the interim. So in their revised and newly released Gardening Merit Badge requirements they included a section on honey bee biology and pollination and made working with a beekeeper one of the choices a Scout could do to complete the badge requirements.
It’s not a Beekeeping Merit Badge but it’s a foot in the door. Or maybe a hive tool under the cover is a better image. Several people worked with Diane Leicht, the Editorial Manager on the project. The Book was just published, just in time for summer…
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I’m appalled at the decision to drop the merit badge please reconsider I just can’t hardly wait to here the reason why? Ill have to search for this right now
I’d suggest you contact the Boy Scouts to find out why they decided to drop the merit badge. Unfortunately it’s not up to us!