Troop 868 in Action

MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY (Feb 2005)

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Each year on the last Saturday in February, Troop 868 hosts a Merit Badge University program at a local middle school.  This year's program was the largest and best attended event to date, with 341 scouts from 45 different troops around the Lincoln Heritage Council attending and taking classes.  MBU 2005 featured counselor taught merit badge classes in 41 subjects, including 8 Eagle-required badges.  Counselors included scoutmasters and other scouters from 18 different troops in addition to numerous professionals from the community.  The program was a resounding success with hundreds of merit badges earned and significant progress made toward hundreds of others.

Jim Fitzgerald teaches Electricity Merit Badge, always one of the more popular classes with younger scouts. Scouts in the Computers MB class create spreadsheets, word processing documents, and graphic presentations.
Our resident mad scientist, Troop 8 Scoutmaster Steve Hess, explains a formula to the scouts taking Chemistry MB. Troop 868 Assistant Scoutmaster Clint Vissers shows some Batman collectables to his Collections Merit Badge class.
Lunch is always popular and no one seems to be complaining about the grub. Troop 4 Scoutmaster Mike Gramig talks to scouts about the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge.
Scouts always enjoy making projects in the Leatherworking MB class taught by Troop 321 Scouter John Haertzen. But every class isn't all projects and lectures ... many merit badges also involve paperwork as these scouts found out.
Troop 868 Scoutmaster Bob Meek evaluates the graphics presentation a scout has created in the Computers MB class. Troop 868 Committee Member and Plumbing MB counselor Jeff Brown sets up a pipe threading machine for scouts to use.

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