Troy University sponsors Boy Scout Merit Badge University

Posted: Tuesday, 28 September 2010

TROY, Ala.—Area Boy Scouts will get a chance to sample the university setting during Troy University’s Merit Badge University.

Some 250 Scouts are expected to attend the Oct. 30 event, co-sponsored by the Alabama Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and it will offer Scouts the opportunity to complete all requirements for a single merit badge in one day. Most badges will be taught by faculty members or professional staff.

“This is an opportunity for TROY to showcase itself not only to the Scouts in southeast Alabama, but to any Scouts who wish to come,” said Herb Reeves, dean of student services. “Our university is pleased to partner with the Alabama Florida Council to introduce a ‘world of opportunities’ to Scouts.”

About 20 merit badges will be offered that reflect the diversity of the educational opportunities available at the University ranging from communication to business to health care to the arts and sciences, Reeves said.

According to BSA, the merit badge program – that offers more than 125 badges Scouts can earn – is designed to expose Scouts to various vocations and avocations.

During Troy University’s Merit Badge University, Scouts will have the opportunity to earn, among others, Surveying – one of the 100 year-old program’s original merit badges. In addition, two badges required for the Eagle Scout Award – the highest award granted to members – will be offered: Personal Management and Citizenship in the World, that features the involvement of a TROY graduate student who is a Saudi Arabian scout.

Four courses for adult volunteer leaders will also be offered during the day.

To register for the event, visit the Alabama Florida Council’s website at http://www.alflcouncilbsa.org/.