STEM X Offers Opportunities for Boy Scouts to Work on STEM Merit Badges

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STEM X is a program for young men and women to explore different fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and is meant for any young man or woman who is of high school age. But while many young people who participate in STEM X are not registered in any BSA program currently, several participants are registered as Boy Scouts. For those Boy Scouts, why not participate in STEM X and knock out a few merit badge requirements at the same time?

Depending on the program track they choose, Boy Scouts will be able to complete requirements for various merit badges while they enjoy their week at STEM X. The goal of the program is not to earn merit badges so even though they will get credit for completing some requirements, it is not likely that they will finish any merit badges at STEM X and will need to complete further requirements with their home troop.

“Which merit badges will my son earn credit for?”

Great question! The full details can be found by visiting www.bsastemx.org and clicking on “Program Tracks”. The list of merit badges that each program track will touch on can be found by clicking on the individual program track descriptions. But to give you an example, Boy Scouts who participate in the “Architectonics” program track will complete some requirements for these merit badges:

  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Drafting
  • Surveying
  • Model Design and Building

Scouts who participate in “The Fifth Element” will complete some requirements for these merit badges:

  • Environmental Science
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Geology
  • Insect Study
  • Nature
  • Plant Science
  • Reptile and Amphibian Study
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Sustainability

Again, STEM X is not about earning merit badges but wouldn’t it be great to come home from a fantastic week at STEM X and have some progress on merit badges to show for it? After all, what Boy Scout doesn’t need more merit badges?!

STEM X will take place at Cherokee Scout Reservation in Yanceyville, North Carolina from July 30 to August 4, 2017. The full cost is $475 per participant but there are scholarships available so don’t miss out without applying for assistance! For full details, visit www.bsastemx.org or email colin.lemon@scouting.org.

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