About MEC

The Minerals Education Coalition’s (MEC) mission is to identify, produce and disseminate fact-based K-12 minerals education lessons and activities and to inform and educate the general public about the importance of mining in their everyday lives.

Click here to learn more about the Minerals Education Coalition.

MEC Spotlights


Products you use every day like cell phones have mineral components that come from mining. What kind of minerals are used in creating technology and why? Learn more about the importance of mining and minerals in everyday life.


Each year, new minerals must be mined to support our lives and lifestyles. The Mineral Baby shows examples of the 3.03 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels the average American will need in their lifetime.

Click here to view additional mineral resource statistics.

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Mining In Society Merit Badge

Mining in Society Merit Badge

The launch of the Mining In Society Merit Badge was a grand success!

SME volunteers and staff have worked long and hard with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to develop the requirements, pamphlet, badge design and other collateral materials so that Boy Scouts across the United States will be exposed to the mining industry as they earn this new merit badge.

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Find answers about the MiS merit badge in the Frequently Asked Questions document.

View a recording of the Mining In Society merit badge counselor webinar.

more about Boy Scouts of America merit badges.

Read the Mining In Society merit badge requirements.

View the Mining In Society merit badge introduction video.

Review the BSA merit badge counselor resources.

Purchase the Mining In Society merit badge pamphlet.


become a Mining in society merit badge counselor

Complete an adult application with Boy Scouts of America.
Position code: 42; Scouting position description: Merit Badge Counselor

Complete a BSA merit badge counselor information form. List "Mining In Society" merit badge.

Create an online account with BSA, then complete the BSA Youth Protection Training (YPT). From the MyScouting.org portal, click on E-Learning. Print completed certificate.

Contact your local Boy Scouts of America council. Submit your completed adult application, merit badge counselor information form and YPT certificate.


resources for earning the  Mining in society merit badge

Access virtual mine tours.

Find a mining exhibit near you.

View mining education videos.

Download the MiS merit badge workbook.

Print posters to promote the Mining In Society merit badge.

Plan merit badge workshops involving a mine visit or using other options, including a virtual tour.

The Mining In Society merit badge patch number is 619674.



Support the development of the Mining In Society merit badge.


MISmb success stories

Southern Illinois MISmb workshop September 2014

SME members, Sections and student chapters can send MISmb success stories to mec@smenet.org.