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It's been a bit of a rough year for Scouting in America, and around the world. The covid 19 pandemic made it more challenging for all aspects of Scouting, but did not hinder motivated scouts, adult volunteers, and supporters from keeping the program thriving.
During the time of Scouting at home, online meetings, and virtual Courts of Honor, some of the social skills of our scouts have become rusty from lack of use. Now, with pandemic numbers dropping, vaccinations being distributed, and social restrictions gradually being reduced, it's the perfect time to roll out the new Socializing Merit Badge! The requirements for this prestigious recognition help scouts re-build their lost social skills as in-person activities become more safe and common, and we work towards purging the pandemic.
Summer camps, high adventure bases, and campgrounds are all preparing to welcome Scout groups for outdoor experiences this summer, and that will mean more face-to-face interaction. Earning this one gives scouts confidence in knowing how to socially interact, plus many studies have shown that scouts earning this merit badge have 553% more fun, receive 813% better grades, earn Eagle 692% faster, and fall for jokes 944% less often.
This Socializing merit badge will help us all purge the pandemic.Scout On! (or get some patches now in prep for the ending of the codiv 19 pandemic)
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