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Mining in Society Merit Badge
CLASS PREPARATION PAGE
 
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
 
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
 
 
 
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Mining in Society Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Mining in Society Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
 
 
Other Mining in Society MERIT BADGE PAGES
 
Mining in Society Merit Badge Current Requirements
 
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Mining in Society Merit Badge Workbook
 
Mining in Society Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page
 
Mining in Society MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS
 

Mining in Society Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Mining in Society Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. (Optional) a camera for taking photos

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

 
REQUIREMENTS WITH SUGGESTED STUDY PREPARATION NOTES
 

1. Do the following:

a. Select 10 different minerals. For each one, name a product for which the mineral is used.

b. Explain the role mining has in producing and processing things that are grown.

c. From the list of minerals you chose from Requirement 1a, determine the countries where those minerals can be found, and discuss what you learned from your counselor.

Scouts are strongly urged to use the merit badge workbook or other means to make notes when preparing for this requirement.  Scouts will have an opportunity to participate in class discussion led by the merit badge counselor to complete this requirement.  It must be noted that only Scouts that actively and satisfactorily participate in the discussion will be signed off for this component of the requirement. Preparation is a must.

 

2. Obtain a map of your state or region showing major cities, highways, rivers, and railroads. Mark the locations of five mining enterprises. Find out what resource is processed at each location, and identify the mine as a surface or underground operation. Discuss with your counselor how the resources mined at these locations are used.

Scouts are encouraged to complete this requirement prior to the class and bring their work to share with and during the class.  Scouts can easily find a state or regional map online that they can print out and utilize to prepare for this requirement.  Internet usage (with your parent's permission) can easily help you find all that you need to complete preparation for this requirement. Scouts will have an opportunity to share their work during the class.

 

3. Discuss with your counselor the potential hazards a miner may encounter at an active mine and the protective measures used by miners. In your discussion, explain how:

a. The miner's personal protective equipment is worn and used, including a hard hat, safety glasses, earplugs, dust mask or respirator, self-rescue device, and high-visibility vest.

b. Miners protect their hands and feet from impact, pinch, vibration, slipping, and tripping / falling hazards.

c. Monitoring equipment warns miners of imminent danger, and how robots are used in mine rescues.

Scouts will partake in class discussion to complete this requirement, however Scouts should review the merit badge pamphlet and other resources to be prepared for the discussion.  Only Scouts who actively and satisfactorily participate in the discussion will be signed off on this requirement.

 

4. Discuss with your counselor the dangers someone might encounter at an abandoned mine. Include information about the "Stay Out - Stay Alive" program.

Scout will be led in discussion by the merit badge counselor for this requirement. To prepare, Scouts should review the Stay Out - Stay Alive" program information provided in the Mining in Society Merit Badge Pamphlet.  It is recommended that Scouts make notes they can easily refernece during the class and active discussion particpation is required in addition to being prepared for consideration of completion of this requirement.

 

5. Do ONE of the following:

a. With your parent's approval and your counselor's assistance, use the Internet to find and take a virtual tour of two types of mines. Determine the similarities and differences between them regarding resource exploration, mine planning and permitting, types of equipment used, and the minerals produced. Discuss with your counselor what you learned from your Internet-based mine tours.

b. With your parent's permission and counselor's approval, visit a mining or minerals exhibit at a museum. Find out about the history of the museum's exhibit and the type of mining it represents. Give three examples of how mineral resources have influenced history.

c. With your parent's permission and counselor's approval, visit an active mine.* Find out about the tasks required to explore, plan, permit, mine, and process the resource mined at that site. Take photographs if allowed, and request brochures from your visit. Share photos, brochures, and what you have learned with your counselor.

d. With your parent's permission and counselor's approval, visit a mining equipment manufacturer or supplier.* Discuss the types of equipment produced or supplied there, and in what part of the mining process this equipment is used. Take photographs if allowed, and request brochures from your visit. Share photos, brochures, and what you have learned with your counselor.

e. Discuss with your counselor two methods used to reduce rock in size, one of which uses a chemical process to extract a mineral. Explain the difference between smelting and refining.

f. Learn about the history of a local mine, including what is or was mined there, how the deposit was found, the mining techniques and processes used, and how the mined resource is or was used. Find out from a historian, community leader, or business person how mining has affected your community. Note any social, cultural, or economic consequences of mining in your area. Share what you have learned with your counselor.

Scouts will complete Requirement 5d as a part of this Scoutmaster Bucky Mining in Society Merit Badge Class. Scouts are allowed to bring a camera for taking photos but will be instructed if there are any areas that photography is not allowed.

 

6. Do the following:

a. Choose a modern mining site. Find out what is being done to help control environmental impacts. Share what you have learned about mining and sustainability.

b. Explain reclamation as it is used in mining and how mine reclamation pertains to Scouting's no-trace principles.

c. Discuss with your counselor what values society has about returning the land to the benefit of wildlife and people after mining has ended. Discuss the transformation of the BSA Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve from a mine site to its current role.

Many parts of this requirement and its components will be covered during the class, however Scouts must still make an effort to prepare for completion of this requirement.  Scouts should review the information in the Mining in Society Merit Badge Pamphlet on these topics and subjects to be able to actively participatei n the learning module that will take place during the class.  The counselor will sign off this requirement for Scouts that actively participate in this learning module during the class AND have clearly shown some preparation reading and research.  Those Scouts not having come prepared for this requirement may find it difficult to be completely signed off on all components of this requirement. Be prepared.

 

7. Do ONE of the following:

a. Explore the anticipated benefits of interplanetary mining. Learn how NASA and private investors may search for, extract, and process minerals in outer space, and the primary reasons for mining the moon, other planets, or near-Earth asteroids. Find out how exploration and mineral processing in space differ from exploration on Earth. Share what you have learned with your counselor, and discuss the difficulties encountered in exploring, collecting, and analyzing surface or near-surface samples in space.

b. Identify three minerals found dissolved in seawater or found on the ocean floor, and list three places where the ocean is mined today. Share this information with your counselor, and discuss the chief incentives for mining the oceans for minerals, the reclamation necessary after mining is over, and any special concerns when mining minerals from the ocean. Find out what sustainability problems arise from mining the oceans. Discuss what you learn with your counselor.

c. Learn what metals and minerals are recycled after their original use has ended. List four metals and two nonmetals, and find out how each can be recycled. Find out how recycling affects the sustainability of natural resources and how this idea is related to mining. Discuss what you learn with your counselor.

d. With your parent's permission, use the Internet and other resources to determine the current price of gold, copper, aluminum, or other commodities like cement or coal, and find out the five-year price trend for two of these. Report your findings to your counselor.

While the counselor will cover parts of all these option components during the class, to ensure completion of this requirement Scouts are encouarged to prepare for requirement component 7c or 7d (choose one) and be prepared to share their work during the class for sign off consideration.

 

8. Do ONE of the following:

a. With your parent's and counselor's approval, meet with a worker in the mining industry. Discuss the work, equipment, and technology used in this individual's position, and learn about a current project. Ask to see reports, drawings, and/or maps made for the project. Find out about the educational and professional requirements for this individual's position. Ask how the individual's mining career began. Discuss with your counselor what you have learned.

b. Find out about three career opportunities in the mining industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

c. With your parent's permission and counselor's approval, visit a career academy or community college to learn about educational and training requirements for a position in the mining industry that interests you. Find out why this position is critical to the mining industry, and discuss what you learned with your counselor.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss. Most Scouts will find preparing for requirement 8b to be easiest.  Information can be found in the merit badge pamphlet as well as other sources to easily prepare for this requirement.  Parts of each of these requirement components will be covered during the class, but only Scouts having come to the class prepared will be cosnidered for complete sign off on this requirement. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement.

 

* Visiting a mine site, a mining equipment manufacturer, or an equipment supplier requires advanced planning. These sites can be potentially dangerous.  You will need permission from your parent and counselor, and the manager of the mine site, or equipment manufacturer or supplier.  While there, you will be required to follow closely the site manager's instructions and comply with all safety rules and procedures, including wearing appropriate clothing, footwear, and personal safety equipment.

 
this page last reviewed / updated: July 2016
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