Troop 868 in Action

MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY (Feb 2007)

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2007 turned out to be yet another record-setting year for Troop 868's annual Merit Badge University program.  More than 500 scouts from 54 troops attended, representing 5 different councils and 3 states!  MBU is the largest event of its kind in Kentucky and one of the largest single-day Scouting events in our Council.  MBU 2007 offered more than 100 counselor-instructed classes covering 54 different merit badges ranging from Archaeology to Woodwork.  Included in the program were badges like Truck Transportation, Aviation, Auto Mechanics, Computers, Electronics, Cinematography, Forestry, Coin Collecting, Art, Engineering, Nuclear Science, Public Health, Indian Lore, Plumbing, and Railroading,  The day also featured 10 Eagle-required merit badges!

Hundreds of merit badges were completed during the day and scouts made significant progress toward hundreds of others.  The day was a tremendous success.

Dentist Jeff Kessler talked about tooth decay with scouts in the Dentistry MB class. A scout taking Plumbing MB received some help from Counselor Jeff Brown.
Scouts work on tooling a project in the Leatherwork class.  This course is always popular. He wants us to smell what???  Scouts do some sniffing in the Environmental Science class.
Some classes lend themselves more toward lecture and note taking. Others involve more group work.
Scouts taking Electricity work together to wire up some simple circuits using light bulbs and batteries. A scout in the Railroading MB class carefully handles the model train car he has just finished building.
It make look like horseplay, but these scouts are actually doing a coordination exercise as a class activity.  MBU can be fun! Scouts taking Dentistry MB worked to carve a model tooth from a block of soap using actual dentistry tools.

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