To become an Eagle Scout, a Scout must complete at minimum 21 merit badges in the time it takes him to complete all Boy Scout ranks from Tenderfoot to Life Scout.
With busy schedules, this number can sometimes seem rather difficult to reach. Luckily for Scouts looking to get a leg up on their merit badge count, the Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council encourages Scouts to participate in Merit Badge University, hosted by the Potowatomi District, on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at York High School, 355 W. St. Charles Road in Elmhurst.
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At Merit Badge University, Scouts can choose to work on up to four badges from a selection of over 90 topics such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Chess, Computers, Electricity, Electronics, Energy, Engineering, Geocaching, Inventing and more. These topics are also the driver to the Boy Scouts of America's Nova Awards program, its new STEM-related initiative.
Scouts are able to work with over 300 merit badge counselors, receive the official MBU 2013 patch, enjoy a hot lunch and continue on a path of lifelong learning.
"Research has determined that the Merit Badge program allows Scouts to learn skills about potential vocational or Ad-vocation interests", stated Matt Ackerman, Scout Executive for the Three Fires Council, BSA. "All this at a time when they are beginning to think about their future and their life's work."
The event gathers over 1,200 Scouts together from not only the Chicagoland area, but also from neighboring states such as Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.
For any questions regarding MBU 2013, please contact Keith Miller at MeritBadgeU@aol.com.
About the Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America:
The Three Fires Council serves over 25,431 youth throughout Kane, DuPage, Kendall, DeKalb, and parts of Will and Cook counties. Our mission is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law. For more information please visit www.threefirescouncil.org, or to find a find a Scouting unit in your neighborhood visit www.BeAScout.org!