Boy Scouts of America “Mining in Society” Merits National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2017 Living Legend of Mining Award

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LEADVILLE, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award – The National Mining Hall
of Fame and Museum’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the 2017
Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award will be presented to the Boy Scouts
of America (BSA) at the 30th Annual National Mining Hall of Fame
Induction Banquet on September 23, 2017 in Denver, CO.

Every year, the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (NMHFM) selects
an individual or entity that has demonstrated ongoing, innovative work
educating the public, policy makers, educators, or related institutions
about the importance of the mineral and mining industry to our everyday
lives. The awardee is selected from a pool of nominations reviewed by
the National Mining Hall of Fame’s Prazen committee.

The BSA has implemented a multi-faceted program that highlights the
important role minerals play in our quality of life and national
security. Through the launch and promotion of the Mining in Society
Merit Badge program and other program initiatives, the BSA has
substantially increased awareness of the role minerals play in our way
of life, and has identified the conservation-minded means of extracting
and processing minerals. The BSA has demonstrated a successful and
continuing commitment to educate the public on the importance of the
minerals industries. The Mining in Society merit badge was launched in
February 2014 during the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration
Annual Conference and Expo in Salt Lake City, UT. The badge has been
well received, with more than 12,000 Scouts earning the badge by the end
of 2016.

The merit badge pamphlet is an excellent primer on mining. The pamphlet
explains the key role that mined products play in our quality of life.
The pamphlet is written and illustrated at a level that youth and the
general public can understand and appreciate. The requirements that a
Scout must complete to earn the badge help to build a lifelong
understanding of how important minerals are to society. Further, the
pamphlet identifies the multitude of career tracks offered in the mining
industry.

The Mining in Society merit badge has created an “engine” with the
potential to reach nearly 1,000,000 Scouts in the U.S. Considering the
“multiplier effect,” where families discuss endeavors of their children,
and Scouts earning the badge interact with schoolmates and friends, the
educational outreach of the Mining in Society Merit Badge is likely to
be multiplied well beyond the number of those with a permanent means and
channel to reach out to the public to educate and tell the story of
mining and its necessity in the everyday life of all people.

Frank McAllister, NMHFM Board of Directors Chairman, commented, “The
Mining in Society merit badge provides today’s youth with a glimpse into
what makes their lives and their world so extraordinary. It provides an
understanding that minerals and metals are key to everything we as
humans do; a perspective that these natural endowments are
life-essentials important to society.”

The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Leadville, CO.
It is the only federally chartered mining hall of fame and museum in the
United States and is the premier showcase of American mining, telling
the story about mining, its people, and its importance to the American
public.

More information about the Prazen Living Legend of Mining Award, this
year’s inductees into the National Mining Hall of Fame, and the Annual
Induction Banquet to honor them can be found at www.MiningHallofFame.org.

Contacts

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
Francine Webber,
719-486-1229
Events Manager
Francine@MiningHallofFame.org