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Boy Scouts gather at Linn State for Merit Badge College
Over 340 Boy Scouts gathered at Linn State Technical College (LSTC) for the Boy Scouts Merit Badge College on Saturday, July 31.
According to Debbie Backes, Troop 17 Linn Coordinator, the Merit Badge College at LSTC continues to grow. “I say this every year, but it’s true,” she said. “This year has the most participants we’ve ever had for the college.”
Boy Scouts attending this year’s Merit Badge College had the opportunity to earn two of the four historical merit badges being offered for the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Of the four vintage merit badges in signaling, tracking, pathfinding and carpentry, the college was able to offer carpentry and signaling.
“We were very excited to offer these historic merit badges,” said Backes, Troop 17 Linn Coordinator. “The response was overwhelming especially in the carpentry course. It filled up really fast.”
For the ninth year, Troop 17 from Linn has held the Merit Badge College at LSTC. Backes along with Stephanie Scheulen, LSTC Enrollment Management Associate, and other LSTC employees, coordinated the all day event which started with an opening flag ceremony. Zach Backes led the flag ceremony as Jesse Meisel, Nick Robinson and Andrew Muenks raised the flag. The opening ceremonies concluded with participants reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath and Scout Law.
Jerry Backes, Troop 17 Assistant Scout Master welcomed everyone to the Merit Badge College before scouts dispersed to one of 28 merit badge clinics to learn the basics of the topic and gain hands-on experience. By the end of the day the boys earned a merit badge that moved them one step closer to attaining the Eagle Rank.
“It is an honor to host the Boy Scouts Merit Badge College in cooperation with Troop 17,” stated Dr. Donald Claycomb, LSTC President. “Those things learned at Merit Badge College both broaden horizons and provide life skills for young men. We enjoy working with the community to host this worthwhile project, especially during this 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts.”
With more than 35 programs, Linn State Technical College is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission. LSTC has campuses in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City. LSTC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.
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