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Scouts return to Linn State for Merit Badge University

More than 380 Boy Scouts of America will gather at Linn State Technical College on July 27 for the Boy Scouts Merit Badge University.

For the 12th year, Linn Boy Scout Troop 17 will host the Merit Badge University at Linn State. The day will begin with an opening ceremony which will include the raising of the flag along with participants reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Shortly following the ceremonies, scouts will disperse to one of 35 merit badge classes to learn the basics of the topic and gain hands-on experience. By the end of the day, the Scouts will have earned a merit badge that moves them one step closer to attaining the Eagle rank.

“It’s always an honor to host the Boy Scouts Merit Badge University in cooperation with Troop 17,” said Donald Claycomb, president of Linn State.

“We enjoy working with the community to host this worthwhile project. The things learned at Merit Badge University broaden horizons and provide life skills for young men.”

Merit Badges offered during the Merit Badge University will include: animal science, archery, automotive maintenance, aviation, chess, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, communication, computers, crime prevention, dentistry, dog care, drafting, electricity, electronics, emergency preparedness, engineering, fingerprinting, fire safety, first aid, fish and wildlife management, genealogy, home repairs, law, metalwork, music, personal fitness, personal management, photography, public speaking, search and rescue, soil and water conservation, stamp collecting, and traffic safety.

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