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ERIC Number: EJ1122293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Development and Evolution of Agriculturally Related Merit Badges Offered by the Boy Scouts of America
Terry, Robert, Jr.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v54 n2 p70-84 2013
Badges of Merit have been a primary component of Scouting programs since the inception of the movement more than 100 years ago. The diverse range of subjects for merit badges has included 32 programs relating directly to agriculture. The focus of this historical research was to identify when agriculturally related merit badges were introduced, describe changes made to these programs since their introduction, and to determine their popularity with Scouts. Records reveal that merit badges on a variety of agricultural subjects such as beef cattle production, rabbit raising, gardening, landscaping, agribusiness, and agricultural mechanics have been offered by Boy Scouts of America (BSA) since before the founding of the National FFA Organization or passage of the Smith-Hughes Act. Forestry and Soil and Water Management have been the two most popular agriculturally related merit badges, while Animal Science and Plant Science are among the least popular of all merit badges offered currently. It is recommended that agricultural educators support these merit badge programs and help facilitate their offering to BSA members. This study provides the foundation for further investigation into the promotion of agricultural literacy through BSA and other organizations not normally associated with agricultural education.
Descriptors: Recognition (Achievement), Youth Programs, Males, Agriculture, Agricultural Occupations, Agricultural Education, History, Documentation
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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