Good News/Bad News – Computers Merit Badge

Bad News

Haven’t earned Computers Merit Badge yet, but you want to?  Well, there’s some bad news.  It’s being discontinued.  It was first introduced in 1967 and has reached the point where it the requirements of been having difficulty keeping up with modern times.

The Juniata Valley Council is checking whether it can still be earned if its started before the release of the badge that will replace it.  We’ll let you know what we find out at an upcoming meeting and as a comment to this article.

Good News

The BSA will release a replacement merit badge called Digital Technology Merit Badge, in the next couple of months.  It will contain updated requirements for the digital age.

Our existing Computers Merit Badge Counselors are strongly encouraged to get a copy of the Digital Technology Merit Badge book and sign up to council for the new badge.  We’re looking forward to checking that one out, this year!

Keep Your Eyes Open

Several new badges are slated for release this year, including:

  • Cooking (it had major updates in January)
  • Mining in Society (Feb 2014)
  • Signs, Signals, and Codes (2014)
  • Animation (2014)
  • CAD/BIM (replaces drafting in 2014/2015)
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One Response to Good News/Bad News – Computers Merit Badge

  1. ewdupler says:

    From Bryan on Scouting (http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2014/01/31/time-running-out-to-earn-computers-mb-as-digital-technology-mb-launch-nears/):

    • Computers merit badge will be discontinued as of Dec. 31, 2014, and replaced by Digital Technology merit badge, which debuts in March 2014.
    • The 2014 Boy Scout Requirements book, available soon, won’t have Computers merit badge requirements in it but will have the requirements for Digital Technology.
    • Scouts have until Dec. 31, 2014, to begin work on Computers merit badge.
    • If by Dec. 31, 2014, a Scout has begun actual and purposeful effort on Computers merit badge, and that effort is more than simply incidental to participation in Scouting activities, then there’s no time limit to completing the badge, except for his 18th birthday. See topic 7.0.4.4 in the Guide to Advancement for the full text of the policy on discontinued merit badges.
    • A Scout may not begin work on Computers merit badge after Dec. 31, 2014.
    • A Scout may earn and wear on his merit badge sash both Computers and Digital Technology merit badges.
    • The Computers merit badge pamphlet and patch won’t be reprinted or remade — when the inventory is gone, they’re gone.

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