Boy Scouts to Earn Badges at Washburn Tech

November 11, 2015

Automotive maintenance, cooking and welding are among the skilled trades to be explored by approximately 85 Boy Scouts at a Merit Badge University set from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 at Washburn Institute of Technology, 5724 SW Huntoon.

Other badge topics available that day include woodworking, personal fitness, family life, personal management, electricity, electronics, plumbing and surveying. Instruction in the various disciplines will be provided by Washburn Tech instructors.

Such events have great importance to the Jayhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, said Erik Karre, district director.

“This partnership gives Scouts from the 11 counties that the Jayhawk Area Council serves an exciting opportunity each year. It provides hands-on exposure to the skilled trades industry, an area of great emphasis across the United States,” he said. “There are many jobs available and this is just one way Scouting can help expose Scouts to those fields that are searching for employees. Who knows what future hobbies or careers this event could spur; maybe some Scouts will become Washburn Tech students one day in the near future.”

The first Boy Scout merit badges were offered in 1911, with the intention of providing Scouts the opportunity to participate in activities and study subjects that prepare them for life. At first, 57 different badges were available, with the total count today being 136. The most-earned merit badge in 2014 was cooking, completed by nearly 100,000 Scouts nationwide, Karre said.

For more information about this event and to learn of the best photo opportunities, contact Michael Bascom at 785.554.8871. or mikebascom@gmail.com.

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