Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Scouts mount 'escape' after annual Merit Badge Day

On Saturday, Dec. 10, 23 of the troop's Scouts attended the troop's annual Merit Badge Day — each with his sights set on earning one of four merit badges being offered:
Although the Eagle-required merit badges are more academic in nature, the two elective merit badges allowed Scouts to roll up their sleeves and get their hands a little dirty. That was certainly the case for the Scouts working to earn Welding Merit Badge, since they had the chance to don protective headgear, wield a torch, and actually complete some welding projects. Most Scouts who pursued the two elective merit badges completed them during the merit badge workshop. Eagle-required merit badges usually include a little homework, as in the case of the two offered on this Saturday. Scouts will now attend public government meetings, research their local community, and prepare speeches and other communications projects — depending on the merit badge concerned — to complete those remaining requirements. Scouts who completed merit badges received them the following Monday at the troop's annual Christmas Court of Honor and Party.

Many of the Scouts attending Merit Badge Day "escaped" the fact of sitting in "class" most of the day by heading to Auburn Escape Zone for some afternoon fun. There, they split into two groups and applied a little teamwork to escaping their assigned room by solving puzzles, finding clues, and unlocking problems to escape their room — well, at least one team, led by newly selected Patriots Patrol Assistant Patrol Leader Liam (pictured on top in the photo to the left), did!

For more photos from Merit Badge Day, please visit the troop's online photo album