I was a Beekeeping merit badge counselor. I was involved with the scouting program for YEARS. All 3 of my sons earned their Eagle Scout award and none of them were interested in beekeeping merit badge because it was WAY to hard and involved. I never had anyone express interest in it. You basically had to know it all and do it all. It was a monumental task to earn it--far exceeding the requirements for many eagle-required badges. No wonder it is being shelved. I wouldn't recommend they re-instate it without revamping the requirements. Heck, I wouldn't have wanted to try it when I was a scout. It was just way too much work. Re-instating the merit badge without overhauling the requirements is just straightening deck chairs on the Titanic. What's the point of having a merit badge that nobody wants to try to get? The purpose of merit badges is to give valuable life skills and knowledge and to inspire interest in fields that may grow into a vocation or a fulfilling avocation. I still use the many of the skills I learned as a scout. If, for example, the canoeing merit badge required I portage my canoe to 3 separate mountain lakes and camp for 3 weeks, I wouldn't have pursued it. Thankfully, it only took a week at camp and the skills I gained while earning it continue to bless my life. Earning beekeeping takes all summer. You have to do it all, up and including (if memory serves) extracting honey and marketing it. I'm sure that if the requirements were more reasonable, it could be made to inspire another generation of beeks.