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Eh?: Meritorious mining?

Lifesaving, knot tying, nature and swimming all sound like things Eh? would expect a Boy Scout to gain a merit badge in.

But now, the Boy Scouts of America have released one of its newest merit badges: Mining in Society.

The badge was released Feb. 26 at the annual meeting of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc., which was instrumental in development of the badge, according to a statement by the Boy Scouts of America.

Some of the requirements -- among the long list -- include explaining the role of mining, charting different mining enterprises, discussing hazards of mining and taking a tour of an active mine.