Pearson Collaborates with Boy Scouts of America to Transform Digital Education through Interactive Merit Badge Pamphlets

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Highly Engaging Digital Series Improves Teaching and Learning Experience for Youth and Merit Badge Counselors

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As part of its partnership with Boy Scouts of America to redesign its educational programs for a digital world, Pearson is producing interactive digital merit badge pamphlets to transform the teaching and learning experience for youth and merit badge counselors. Distributed through the Inkling distribution and eReader system, the highly engaging books include animations, simulations, how-to videos, slide shows, self-check questions and other enhancements.

Pearson’s VP, Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships, Diana Childress, said, “Our partnership with the BSA demonstrates our commitment to building quality digital education and training solutions to help the organization meet the goals of its learners and counselors.”     

“BSA innovation efforts focus on our customers’ needs. Through talking with Scouts, we learned that they are looking for a convenient way to digitally interact with our content. So, the idea for interactive digital merit badges was conceived,” said Pat Wellen, Director of the BSA Design & Development Center. “The Pearson partnership helped us make this concept a reality, so that we can provide the interactive digital experience we wanted for our Scouts.”

The interactive merit badge pamphlets are one part of a larger effort to further engage members using educational technology in new and innovative ways. These new products can be used on Android, iPhones, tablets and browsers. To learn more, visit

Pearson’s Professional training and development group partners with corporations, associations, non-profits, and government agencies to create effective services and solutions that align with their learning and professional development goals to improve business and organizational results.

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit

About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of approximately 2.4 million youth members between the ages of 7 and 21 and nearly 1 million adult volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit

Media Contacts:
Laura Howe, laura.howe(at)pearson(dot)com
Boy Scouts: Public Relations, PR(at)scouting(dot)org

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