The following is excerpted from a July 7, 2010 article by Addy Dugdale appearing at Fast Company:
The Boy Scouts of America do good, we all know that. And now they do invention. The 100-year-old organization--it celebrated its centenary on Feb 8 of this year--has teamed up with MIT's Lemelson program, founded by the father of modern invention in America, Jerome H. Lemelson, to provide a new merit badge: that of invention.
Aside from defining what patent infringement and intellectual property is, there's the practical aspect to the test, where scouts are expected to build a clay model and then a working prototype of their invention.
Read the full article here.