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Inventing Merit Badge Launched

Posted: 19 Jul 2010 02:23 AM PDT

Written by Bob Scott, Innovation
On June 17 in Cambridge, the BSA, in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, formally launched the Inventing merit badge. Designed in cooperation with the acclaimed Lemelson-MIT Program, the badge requirements encourage Scouts to be inventive and solve real-world problems. In earning the badge, Boy Scouts will gain an understanding of the importance of inventive thinking and the value of creativity in their service to society.

A New Generation of Inventors
“Scouts represent a new generation of inventors, and we’re honored that they are embracing the significance of inventing,” said Leigh Estabrooks, invention education officer of the Lemelson-MIT Program. “It’s crucial that we empower our nation’s youth to explore their ideas that can have an impact on their community. The technical skills and discovery process that come with earning this merit badge will teach them that they can invent solutions for today’s problems. Their solutions may help people live healthier, more productive, and more engaging lives.”

This new, exciting merit badge is now available for Scouts to earn.

The requirements and suggested resources are available online.
The first printing of the merit badge pamphlet has been shipped to local council service centers. The National Distribution Center (NDC) will have the pamphlet in stock.
The merit badge is set up in PAS as code 144.
As part of the development and pretesting of the Inventing merit badge, 38 Scouts from six Boston-area councils completed the badge requirements and were awarded their badges. Additionally, two patent-holding Distinguished Eagle Scouts with connections to MIT, Kim Vandiver and Elmer C. “Neil” Lupton, were presented commemorative merit badges for their past inventive activities and ongoing support of Scouting.

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