Troy University's Merit Badge University set for Oct. 27

Posted: Wednesday, 08 October 2014

TROY - Boy Scouts from around the state will get a chance to sample the college environment during Troy University's Merit Badge University on Oct. 25.

In its fifth year, MBU will bring together about 300 Scouts and their leaders to concentrate on a day of completing a merit badge. Most of the 25 badges offered at TROY are taught by faculty members or professional staff at the University, or instructed by experts in the field.

Traditionally the event has drawn Scouts from across Alabama, as well as those from Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.

"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, who helps coordinate the event. "Our University is pleased to partner with the Alabama Florida Council to introduce a 'world of opportunities' to Scouts."

The merit badge offerings provided reflect many of the opportunities available at the University, ranging from communication to business to health care to the arts and sciences, said Clif Lusk, a University Relations Coordinator who serves as Dean of Merit Badge University . "Our goal is to provide Scouts a taste of what it's like to go to college. Each of TROY's colleges is represented by merit badge offerings, and the College of Education's Hawkins Hall serves as the home base for the event," Lusk said.

Among the badges offered are three required for the Eagle Scout rank, Scouting's highest: First Aid, taught in the College of Health and Human Services, Personal Management, taught in the Sorrell College of Business' Manuel Johnson Center for Political Economy, and Citizenship in the World, taught through the College of Arts and Sciences. New to this year's offerings are Cooking, Search and Rescue, and Aviation, taught through the University's new Trojan Aviation program and Mauna Loa Helicopters.

Adult leader classes will also be taught in CPR/AED, The Fundamentals of Training, Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Leader Specific Training and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops/Crews Seminar for Adult Leaders.

Scouts taking the Citizenship in the World class also get exposed to another unique side of TROY, involvement by international students.

"TROY is known as Alabama's 'international university,' and to be able to involve our international students with the Scouts adds to the experience," Lusk said.

Registration for the event is still ongoing. To register, visit bsa3.org, or email alflreservations@gmail.com.

Troy University's Merit Badge University

Xi Chen, a teaching assistant from Beijing, China, talks to Scouts about Chinese culture and arts in the Confucius Institute at Troy University's museum as part of last year's Citizenship in the World merit badge class. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)