Welding Merit Badge Coming Soon

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The Boy Scouts of America collaborated with the American Welding Society, BSA Health and Safety Committee, and OSHA members to create the Welding merit badge. Scouts can begin working on this merit badge at the end of February or early March, once the pamphlet is in the Scout Shop.

Welding Merit Badge involves hands on skill development with career focus. The requirements are available online and pamphlets will be available in the Scout Shop soon.

A BSA youth interest survey showed significant interest in adding a Welding merit badge to the more than 120 merit badges currently in the series. This merit badge is a good fit with preparing Scouts for their future and offers Scouts a fun way to explore skills that can grow into a hobby or career. The Welding merit badge will enable Scouts to learn hands-on how to join metals using welding techniques. The skills they learn may even be helpful for making or repairing items for their troop.

Welding is an important part of our nation’s growth and stability. Employers have a consistent need for skilled welders in construction, manufacturing, and other industries. Many believe that a large part of the U.S. economy is dependent on welding and continued advances will help drive our nation’s productivity and strengthen its financial stability.

Merit Badge Counselors are being recruited with the help of the AWS—American Welding Society. If you interested in becoming a merit badge counselor, please contact the Scout Resource Center (918) 743-6125.

Next Merit Badges coming this summer are Kayaking and Search and Rescue.