Sure. Let me know how it will function and how it needs to be set up.
Thats pretty unbelievable, a MB for personal watercraft :scratch:Unfortunately BSA is moving toward "modern" topics for merit badges. I have even heard rumblings of establishing a MB for ATVs and personal water craft. I'm afraid traditional MBs like canoeing and cycling will suffer.
I have proffered up the same to local scouting and was given the same information.
That's why I suggest becoming a MB Counselor for insect study. Although the MB is broader than bees, it is a starting point to expose them to bees as observing a bee hive can fill one of the requirements. Once hooked, and at least a few of them will be, the interest will spread.
Given the diffulty of re-establishing a Beekeeping MB (listed below), it may be more practical to get more bee related requirements into the insect study MB such as the importance of insect pollination with our food supply and other ways insects benefit humans. Maybe they could even add a requirement to visit an apiary.
Here's some info I found on establishing and changing BSA MBs:
Changes, of course, don't require as complicated a process, but it still can take years for a change to be approved.
- The committee that considers new MBs meets 3 times a year.
- The new MBs need to promote a hobby or career interest and promote the aims of Scouting.
- When submitting an idea, you need to include the rationale behind the idea, as well as potential sample requirements for the badge.
- Nearly all of the ideas for new badges are turned down for one reason or another, very few get tabled for consideration. There are two reasons for this.
- First, it takes around $75,000 to introduce a new MB due to creating the badges themselves, printing of pamphlets, and updating and printing of the Requirement book.
- Second, there are currently 121 MBs and instead of growing that number to 200 or 500 they want to keep it around 120, so if a new MB is considered another one is usually dropped. That total has remained fairly consistent for the past 20 years or more, ranging from a high of 124 to a low of 116 in that period.
The letter should be sent to the Director of the appropriate Program Division, or the Advancement Committee, at the BSA's National Office.
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