Boy Scouts to Earn Badges at Washburn Tech

November 8, 2016

Topeka – Area Boy Scouts will embark on a new type of exploration at Merit Badge University from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Washburn University Institute of Technology (Washburn Tech), 5724 SW Huntoon St.

More than 80 scouts will try their hand at several badge topics such as surveying, cooking, automotive service and other skilled trades. 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.

“Having our Scouts work with Washburn Tech instructors is a great opportunity. They receive hands-on experience and training in a variety of disciplines,” he said. “The hope is that Scouts will find hobbies or possibly careers to pursue in the future after having earned a merit badge.”

Karre also said there are more careers available in technical fields than there are people to fill them. He hopes Scouts discover a career path they want to follow and choose to pursue the proper training at Washburn Tech.

A new addition to Merit Badge University this year is the incorporation of Washburn Tech culinary students who are SkillsUSA competitors. In addition to volunteering at this event, they plan to make it the focus of their entry at the state contest next spring.

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.

For more information about this event and to learn of the best photo opportunities, contact Karre at 785.276.3349 or