Mining in Society Merit Badge at Institute Of Quarrying (2014-01-19)

The Mining merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.  It was discontinued after 1937 and successfully resurrected in 2013 after the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) advocated for it for over a decade.

Some of the subject areas a Scout will have to understand are “. . . focus on the importance of mining and its key components of exploration, permitting, extraction, processing, production, safety and reclamation.”

On this lovely night Tucker showed us a video of quarrying and how it is used in the various parts of our daily lives.  Then we headed to the Institute Of Quarrying ( and toured a huge mine.  We concluded the tour by trying to determine hazards at a maintenance building at the mine.  We did not try to play chicken with the big trucks in the mine pit.

Congrats Tucker for successfully leading his first scout troop outing. Great job!

Scouts gather around Tucker for tonight’s meeting

Scouts on a lunch break? No! checking their safety gears before descending to the open pit

Troop supervising the giant machinery working at the quarry

Scouts debating to go for a swim at the bottom of the quarry before heading home

Scouts evaluating their results on the safety test






One Response

  1. Christian Welles Says:

    Tucker did an awesome job!

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