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Initiatives with the Boy Scouts of America
Hydraulics and Pneumatics Initiatives with the Boy Scouts of America
Exciting news for our industry as it means introducing fluid power to children at an early age!
Calling All Scouters and/or Anyone Interested In Getting Involved!
The Boy Scout of America (BSA) has been very receptive to the IFPS BSA Hydraulics and Pneumatics Subcommittee and we are working together on many initiatives concurrently. The subcommittee is in discussion with BSA regarding the potential of:
For those who are not familiar with the BSA merit badges, the purpose of a BSA merit badge is to provide opportunities for learning, personal growth, physical development, career awareness, citizenship, and life skills.
- A Hydraulics and Pneumatics Merit Badge, with plans to submit an official application this fall.
- Incorporating hydraulic and pneumatic basic STEM principles in several facets of BSA programs including Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturing programs, NOVA, and Super NOVA programs.
The committee plans to run “experimental programs” over several months to determine the interest level in the proposed hydraulics and pneumatics merit badge among scouts. We need volunteers from across the country, that are involved with our industry and interested in helping with this project, to let us know. (see below.)
How You Can Get Involved
Help run an experimental Merit Badge Program (similar to a traditional Merit Badge Counselor) with a local Boy Scout troop, district, or council gathering.
You will be supplied, at no cost:
- Introduction and instruction letter,
- Printed merit badge booklets,
- Resource list of contacts and websites,
- Physical kits to allow each scout to build and keep machine. The kit contains materials to build and operate a machine as well as answer questions about it. The kit can be used to assemble either a platform lift, scissor lift, cherry picker or excavator, along with a robotic arm. From these, the scout can demonstrate how pneumatics are used to operate mechanical linear actuators.
- Evaluation instructions,
- Patches for all scouts involved with the experimental program after completing the evaluation,
- T-shirt for Merit Badge Counselor.
2) If you would like to help, or have suggestions/feedback for our BSA initiatives, please e-mail us at MeritBadge@ifps.orgThank you!
Paul Prass, Fluid Power Journal and Randall Smith, CFPHS, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Hydraulics and Pneumatics Subcommittee Chairs