Troop 868 in Action

MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY (Feb 2006)

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Each year on the last Saturday in February, Troop 868 hosts a Merit Badge University program that has grown to become one of the largest single-day Scouting events in our Council.  MBU 2006 drew 503 scouts from 61 different troops from both the Lincoln Heritage and Shawnee Trails Councils.  Counselor instructed classes were offered in 47 different subjects ranging from Archaeology to Truck Transportation, and included badges such as Auto Mechanics, Aviation, Computers, Electronics, Engineering, Graphic Arts, Nuclear Science, Public Health, Railroading, and Stamp Collecting. Also included were 8 Eagle-required merit badges.

Counselors included scoutmasters and scout leaders from 22 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.

Professional Archaeologist Keith Keeney instructed scouts in the Archaeology Merit Badge class. Computer Merit Badge counselors Julia Brown and David Neel discuss computer-related careers with scouts.
Citizenship in the World may not be the most exciting subject, but it is required to make Eagle, so every section was full. Other classes, like Stamp Collecting, had only a few takers and scouts received almost individual counseling.
These guys in Engineering MB weren't goofing off --- they were dropping cellulose "helicopters" and timing the rate of descent. Counselor Mike Wood with scouts in the Photography MB class, one of whom decided to photograph our photographer.
Scouts taking Space Exploration MB headed outside to launch some rockets with counselor Wayne Zinner. Counselor Brenda VonAlmen worked with a scout making a project in the Indian Lore merit badge class.
Plumbing MB counselor Jeff Brown helped a scout get a pipe threading machine started on a stubborn piece of iron pipe. Electronics MB counselor Bill Spencer pointed out components on a circuit board.

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