More than 400 Boy Scouts from Illinois and Iowa will gather March 10 at Monmouth College to hone their skills during a day-long Merit Badge University.
This is the seventh year that Monmouth College has hosted the Boy Scouts of America’s annual conference for boys working toward their Eagle Scout rank by earning merit badges. Many of the activities will be held in the college’s Center for Science and Business, and others will be held throughout the local community.
The conference also features educational programs for the adults in attendance, including required training for scoutmasters, as well as sessions in working with scouts with special needs, a nature hike with a botanist and making knots and woggles.
The traditionally difficult badges to complete are available thanks to the cooperation of Kenny St. George and Gary Distin (plumbing), Dennis Washburn of DJ’s Brake & Alignment (auto mechanics) and Martin Sullivan Equipment (ag mechanics).
A new badge this year is the badge being taught by Monmouth faculty member Janis Wunderlich (pottery). Also representing Monmouth’s faculty and staff this year will be Tom Best and Jeff Rankin (citizenship in the community), Wendi Bolon (personal management) and Scott Page (photography).