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Composites Merit Badge for US Scouts

07 May 2004

The M.C. Gill Corporation is to help fund development of a Composites Merit Badge for the Boy Scouts of America.

Merwyn C. Gill, Chairman of the Board of M.C. Gill Corporation, said that “Working to create a Composites Merit Badge would show thousands of youths what composites are all about, introduce them to these materials and perhaps even interest them in a career in this growing field. There are Merit Badges for many other fields, so it only makes sense to work toward developing one that encourages them to learn about composites.”

The San Gabriel Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America is working with M.C. Gill to create the requirements, pamphlet and related materials for the badge. The first phase in this process is meetings with a group of active Scout Leaders, Merit Badge counsellors and composites industry experts to outline a development plan.

Once the requirements and materials have been refined they will be revised and retested in a variety of venues, including a demonstration at the 2005 National Jamboree.

“Once we are certain that it’s completely ready to go, we will formally submit the Composites Merit Badge for consideration to the National Boy Scout organization for review. After they have had a chance to consider it, we hope that it can become a part of the national program. Learning about Composites will be a positive addition to the program and Scouting appreciates this involvement and support,” said Bob Booker, Scout Council Executive Director.

Merit Badges have been part of the Boy Scout tradition since Baden-Powell first created the program nearly 100 years ago.