Modern Merit Badges

Thanks to Neville Hobson for pointing out that Boy Scouts in Great Britain can now earn a merit badge in Public Relations.  It’s one of forty-two new subjects that  British Scouts can choose from along with the more traditional things like camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

According to a Scout spokesman, new badges reflect the changing interests of young people. 

As you may know, Scouting was first introduced in Great Britain in 1907, making this year their 100th anniversary.

So far, American Scouts don’t have a PR badge, but there are badges available for American Business","Entrepreneurship", and "Salesmanship".  As a former Scout Master,Scout_and_leader_2
I know they’re always looking for adult help. There are definitely worse ways to spend your time than volunteering to be a Merit Badge Counselor for one of these business-related subjects, or any other area where you have some knowledge to share.

If you’re interested, contact your local Scout Council.

3 Responses

  1. You also might check out the local Optimist Club in your area, They raise funds for local youth projects plus people in the community see you and may just show up at your business. It works for me in my community.

  2. What a great idea – letting local scout (or cub!) groups knowing you will help on particular badges is wonderful – and less time consuming for you than becoming a full leader.

    By the way, the 100 years of scouting was last year (2007) – we have to remove the cententary badges from uniforms soon. This year we are celebrating 100 years of scouting in Australia so the fun continues!

  3. Thanks for the comment. It’s very gratifying to find out that someone who blogs on professional writing would find some value in our little effort.

    You’re to be commended for your work with the Scouts. If there were ever a time when we need Scout values, it’s now. Also, congratulations on the centennial of Scouting in Australia.

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