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 badges, the Boy Scouts of America, Three Fires Council encourages Scouts to participate in Merit Badge University, hosted by the Potowatomi District, on March 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at York High School located at 355 W. St. Charles Rd., Elmhurst, Illinois.
At Merit Badge University, Scouts can choose to work on up to four badges from a selection of over 90 topics such as citizenship, astronomy, hiking, cinematography, emergency preparedness, fishing, graphic arts and weather. Scouts are able to work with over 300 merit badge counselors, receive the official MBU 2011 patch, enjoy a hot lunch and start on a path of lifelong learning.
“The Merit badge programs can open up a lifetime of learning,” stated Matt Ackerman, Scout Executive of the St Charles based Three Fires Council. “For every 100 youth involved in Scouting, eight will enter professions first learned through merit badges.”
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. Some Scouts even hail from as far as Virginia to take advantage of the resources and convenience that MBU offers.
For any questions regarding MBU 2011, please contact Keith Miller at MeritBadgeU@aol.com.
About the Three Fires Council, Boy Scouts of America:
The Three Fires Council serves over 37,300 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!