Boy Scouts of America to Require Sustainability Merit Badge

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Sustainability Merit Badge

Excerpt:  The Boy Scouts of America said in a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation: “In an effort to reflect a better balance of the needs of youth and our nation today and in the future, Sustainability, a new merit badge, will join Environmental Science as an Eagle Scout option after its debut at the 2013 Jamboree in July. The total number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout Award will remain at 21.”

…Scouts will be given the option of earning an environmental science merit badge or a sustainability merit badge to satisfy the requirements to become an Eagle Scout. The requirements to earn the sustainability badge haven’t been finalized yet, but Scouting Magazine’s Bryan Wendell writes:

“The Sustainability merit badge, in essence, takes conservation and environmental science to another level. The protection, preservation, and management of wildlife and natural resources involved in conservation provide a foundation for what we call environmental science. The latter integrates physical and biological sciences such as ecology, biology, soil science, atmospheric science, and others in order to generate solutions to environmental issues. Sustainability takes off from there by taking responsibility for balancing long-term environmental, social, health, and economic needs with progress and development.”

An important part of the concept, Wendell continues, is “development, while meeting the needs of the present, cannot compromise the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”

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