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.
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)