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  1. #1
    Join Date
    May 2007
    The Fusel Shack, in the swamp west of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

    Default Help Restore Beekeeping Merit Badges!

    I saw an interesting post on rec.crafts.meadmaking about a petition to reinstate Boy Scout merit badges for beekeeping. Apparently that merit badge was discontinued some years ago. As a mead maker and large consumer of honey, I definitely want to encourage youngsters to learn the art of beekeeping. Plus I figure the more hobbyists that are keeping bees, the less we have to worry about CCD.

    Check out the link for signing the petition to reinstate the merit badge.

    Good meading!

    Lanne pase toujou pi bon
    (Past years are always better)

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Ottawa, ON


    I suppose this is US scouts only? (sorry, I don't know enough about the whole scouting organization to even know where to look to see if this is applicable to Canada as well)
    "The main ingredient needed is 'time' followed closely by 'patience'." - The Bishop 2013
    "When you consider that laziness and procrastination are the fundamentals of great mead, it is a miracle that the mazer cup happens." Medsen Fey, 2014
    "Sure it can be done. I've never heard of it, but I do things I've never heard if all the time. That is the beauty of being a brewer!" - Loveofrose, 2014
    "I tend, er, experiment, and go outside the box. Sometimes outside the whole department store." - Ebonhawk, 2014

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Hartford, Huntingdon, United Kingdom


    I think that's an awesome goal to set and I support it wholeheartedly. Just signed the petition too.

  4. #4



    I voted.... A wonderful experience for a child to have.

  5. #5


    Very much agree!

    Voted and commented.

    Magnificent, Enchanting, Alcohol Delight - MEAD!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Between Jackson and Detroit


    I don't recall that merit badge, but then it has been a couple of decades since I last flipped through that book...
    Bees stole my signature file!

  7. #7


    Bees are totally rad. Even after they sting the crap outta you, they're still totally sweet. I once folded a beehive in half and swallowed it. Whole. Just kidding. Reality: bees are just about the most awesome pet there is, and require less work than you'd believe. And the benefits are numerous.... honey, stings to the face, honey, more honey... Just kidding about the stings to the face. Unless for some reason you decide to keep bees without a proper bee bonnet. In which case, I salute you sir. You and your ginormous cahonies. I may have spelt that wrong, but that doesn't detract from the fact that I mean it. For real. *SALUTE*
    Will that work?

    Anyone got some mead? I'm thirsty....
    "I've never forgotten anything that I can remember."

  8. #8


    that may be the funniest thing I've ever read, and ever written, all in one. Time and sobriety will tell.

    Happy Independence Day!
    "I've never forgotten anything that I can remember."

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