Mining in Society MB Clinic in America’s Largest Copper Mine

I wanted to reach out to you regarding the Mining in Society Merit badge clinic hosted by Freeport-McMoran in Morenci, AZ on Friday, May 31st. Mining is one of the most important industries within Arizona, with Copper being one of the Five Cs of Arizona! It just so happens that Morenci hosts the largest copper mine in the United States!

As Freeport-McMoran does not provide tours to the public, this is a rare opportunity available only to our Scouts and leaders. Scouts will be able to tour a working mine, get up close with the equipment, and receive instruction from experts in the field. Workshops within the clinic include mineral identification, map reading, safety, reclamation, careers in mining, and the future of mining: space and oceans.

The clinic will begin at the Morenci High School at 8:30AM. Lunch is provided, and the cost for Scouts is only $15. Adult registrants are free, and they ask that there are 1-2 adults per unit as chaperones.

This is a unique occasion to tour America’s largest copper mine, so I hope any interested Scouts can participate. Please share this with your scouts and their parents; I hope a few of them will take on this adventure and kick off their summer with exploring merit badges and mines!

I understand that Morenci is a bit of a hike from most of the state, but opportunities to tour America’s largest copper mine and earn a merit badge don’t come along often!

If any of your Scouts would like to participate, please register at:

If you have interested Scouts, please do not miss out by waiting! Registration will close the morning of Tuesday, May 28th so that final preparations can be put in place before Friday’s clinic. Freeport-McMoRan is hoping to have a minimum of 21 youth, and currently 7 are registered. If the clinic does not meet the minimum, we will reach out to registrants on Tuesday to inform them and offer refunds