Welcome to the ESSDACK Badge Platform. We have created this website for educators engaged in the redesign of the educational process for students. This project developed as a result of the encouragement and leadership of Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education. Over time we heard Dr. Watson ask educators several times, "Why don't we give credit to kids for their learning which occurs outside of school, for example, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and 4H?"
As we researched these organizations it became clear that they were very adept in preparing students to be successful in their lives. This discovery has lead to a partnership with Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and continuing conversations with Girl Scouts, 4H, The Cosmosphere, Wildlife Parks and Tourism, and Technical and Community Colleges to create the same kind of partnerships. We now have access to all of the BSA Merit Badges which you will find on this website. In addition, you will find a continuously growing number of badges created by Kansas educators designed to satisfy the educational needs of students in the 21st century!