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Sunday, May 16, 2010

You Don’t Miss Your Melon

A 13-year-old from Oklahoma is working to bring beekeeping back to scouting.

imageThe Boy Scouts of America merit badge for Bee Keeping: discontinued

Photo: via wiki

For some reason, the Boy Scout merit badge in beekeeping was discontinued in 1995. Now a scout from Skiatook, OK, is working to have it reinstated. Is there a badge for community organizing? If so, Christopher Stowell, age 13 and a member of the Northeast Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, has earned it already!

We read that the average U.S. beekeeper is 60 years old. Take that bit of demography, along with the sudden disappearance of North American bees in 2006 (“colony collapse disorder” is about as clear an explanation as “unidentified flying object”) and global warming – we may be looking at a world without cucumbers, lemons, cashews, watermelons…well, just find your favorite fruit or vegetable on this list of bee pollinated plants.

First off, you can very simply sign Christopher’s petition here, to have the Beekeeping merit badge reinstated. (By the way, this isn’t just decorative. Scouts had to learn and DO quite a bit to earn the bee patch.)

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Posted by Julie on 05/16 at 10:19 PM
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