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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